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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Appetizer that will make your entertaining easier

If you are looking for a simple way to entertain this year, serve this Cranberry Jalapeno Jam over cream cheese alongside gourmet crackers for holiday parties.  These jars of jam are made ahead of time and kept in your pantry for a quick appetizer. 

cranberry jalapeno jam

We don't know about you but the holidays are a rushed time of the year for us,  we are caught up in a whirlwind of attending and hosting parties, having friends drop over and enjoying family dinners. 

It's also the time of the year when it's so important to make moments into special memories and to make each event special, but these goals come with a price such as stress. 

We do have a little solution for you today that should help relieve some of that pressure and hopefully take away a great part of the stress when you might need a quick appetizer or a dish to take to a family dinner.  

This gorgeous cranberry jalapeño jam can be stored in your pantry ready to be opened and served over a block of cream cheese. 

Cranberry jalapeno jelly

It's a recipe that makes 4 jelly jars (1/2 pints) of jam and should get you through the holidays in style since each jar is enough to cover two 8oz blocks of cream cheese.   

Pepper Jelly

Just keep a few blocks of cream cheese in the fridge and then you will always be ready with an impressive appetizer for drinks with friends, or a great addition for a potluck party or just watching holiday movies with the family.

Fresh Cranberries and limes

If you have never made jam, no stress there either, I promise, "pinky promise".  
The whole secret is grabbing a box of pectin (Sure Jell) when you are picking up your cranberries, jalapeños, and limes.   Then just follow a few simple steps and you will have jam in no time!

chopped jalapenos

Not much chopping going on either, just the jalapeños.

cranberries and jalapeno peppers

Cranberries are left whole and thrown into a pot along with the chopped jalapeños and limes and boiled in apple cider vinegar and water.   After a few more steps, a great appetizer will appear!   

Jalapeno pepper jelly

Ok, it will not magically appear but with these few additional steps, your family and guests will believe it did.        

Cranberry Jalapeno Jam

  • 3 cups whole cranberries (12oz bag)
  • 4 Jalapeños, seeded and chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 package powdered pectin (such as Sure-Jell)
  • 2 cups sugar
1. Add cranberries, jalapeños, lime juice apple cider vinegar, and water in a medium saucepan bring to a boil
2. Continue to boil until cranberries burst
3. As the cranberries are cooking, crush with a potato masher and continue to boil
4. Add pectin and bring to rolling boil
5. Add sugar and bring back to a full rolling boil, boil for 2 minutes and remove from heat
6. Ladle into prepared 1/2 pint mason jars (jars and lids that have been simmering in boiling water for at least 10 minutes)
7. Wipe jar rims and cover with two-piece lids. Process jars in a hot water bath in canner pot for 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely. After jars are cool, check seals to make sure they are sealed (as per instructions in pectin box)
8. To Serve, spoon contents of jars over an 8oz block of cream cheese and serve with gourmet crackers.
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Other great Appetizer Choices:

skewered appetizer
These Antipasto Skewers are marinated with Italian salad dressing and skewered to make an impressive appetizer 

Basil bruschetta
Bruschetta with Three Cheeses will rock your world with three distinct cheese flavors served over crunchy toasted baguette slices

recipes with crescent dough
Chicken and Cream Cheese Bundles are made with crescent roll dough wrapped around an easy mixture of canned chicken and cream cheese with grilled onions

Homemade Recipes


  1. I made it. I followed the directions exactly. My daughter (a chef) said it was pretty vinegary, but hoped that taste would go away after a while. I am not a fan of vague measurements - my lime was super juicy I would have preferred a set amount. That being said, it is a complex jam. You have the bitterness of the berries, the heat of the peppers and the lime. Some folks might want more sugar. I was pretty excited to try this recipe as it is just so different and so easy! As the author stated, this is something you bring out at the holidays. I love trying new things and am so glad I tried it. I liked it, but I didn't try it with the cheese (just off the spoon). Thanks for sharing. I would enjoy making this again! It would be great on a turkey burger!

  2. Did you use liquid or powdered pectin?

    1. I used powdered Pectin, I will be updating and making it more clear in the recipe. Thanks so much for asking this question and bringing it to my attention.


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