This Hot Pepper Jelly Cheese Brick is delicious and easy to make! A perfect appetizer for your Thanksgiving or Holiday celebration.
I still cannot believe Thanksgiving is the next week!
Even though I am very excited, I’m starting to feel the holidays stress. So many things to do and so little time. We went to the mall the past Sunday, and Santa was already there. That made me realize that I’m so far behind. I have not even begun to see the clothes my kids will wear for our Christmas photo. Not to mention that I’d love to lose 10 lbs before the picture is taken…. hahaha. Yeap, I’m a dreamer!
I’m trying to focus on one thing at a time. So today we are going to talk about delicious party food.
YAY! Even better… HOT party food. Double YAY!
This Hot Pepper Jelly Cheese Brick is a real crowd-pleaser!
Back home, this appetizer is always present at every party. If I don’t see it on the finger food table, I think: What is wrong with these people? I’m totally kidding (but not really).
This time I added a kick to my original recipe with a few dashes of Tabasco. I’m happy to say that this flavor combination worked out wonderfully… Sweet, sour, and hot is a real fiesta in your mouth! Of course, the level of heat can be adjusted to your personal taste. I just added enough to intensify the flavors without making my guests cry or sweat.
If you want to serve this delicious appetizer more sophisticatedly, bake a few mini tartlets … they are to die for!
I didn’t add pectin. Please don’t underestimate the power of simmering and time. This jelly is just perfect, and this is the traditional way we prepare it in Venezuela.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can prepare the jelly days in advance so your work can be cut down on the day of the event. Simply jar the jelly and store it in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. I seriously doubt it is going to last that long. Once you try it, you’ll never buy the store-bought version again.
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Hot Pepper Jelly Cheese Brick
- 1/2 green pepper, diced
- 1/2 red pepper, diced
- 1 cups of sugar
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce, or to taste (optional)
- 1 (8 oz) cream cheese brick
- Combine all ingredients less the cream cheese in a medium saucepan. Cook mixture over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture has reduced by half and thicken, about 25 – 30 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let it cool.
- Pour hot pepper jelly over the cream cheese brick and serve with crackers or mini tartlets.
- If not using immediately pour the mixture into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.
Savita @ ChefDeHome says
Came to look what’s cooking! and spotted this hot pepper jelly! I recently, I discovered hot pepper jelly and hooked to it since tried! I can’t wait to make it at home!
This looks delicious – and so helpful that it can be prepared ahead of time. I’ve always wanted to try hot pepper jelly, but didn’t realize it could be made with Tabasco. #client
Blanca D says
Wow beautiful pictures! and it looks delicious too!
Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says
Oh how pretty this looks! Love it!
Yes Phi, It’s very pretty and tasty 😉 Thanks for stopping by.
Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods says
I adore pepper jelly, cream cheese, and crackers! Thanks so much for the delish recipe.
I would love for you to share this recipe at my Show Me Saturday party. We go live each Saturday morning at 7:00 am EST. Hope to see you then!
I will make sure to link up Ashley! Thanks for stopping by.
Chris @ Shared Appetite says
Lovely photos Oriana! And I’m such a fan of hot pepper jelly! Such a great holiday appetizer idea!
Thank you Chris =)
Jessica | A Happy Food Dance says
YUM! I’ve done this before, but I’ve always bought the hot pepper jelly, I’ve never made it! One of my favorite appetizers and it’s perfect for this time of year!
Once you try the homemade version you never will buy again… Thanks for stopping by!!!
Manali @ CookWithManali says
You click such stunning pictures! I’m in awe, seriously!! Stunning pictures, so pinning this.
Thank you Manali!!!