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Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Appetizer Everyone Loves: Pepper Jelly with Cream Cheese

Posted By Heather On December 12, 2012 @ 1:07 pm In Appetizers,Food,Holidays,Product Advisory,Recipes | 3 Comments


[3]You’ve probably tried Pepper Jelly over Cream Cheese with crackers, right? When we get together with my husband’s family, we almost always have it for an appetizer. My mother-in-law makes a wonderful pepper jelly every year. Sorry, I don’t have that recipe to share with you. Simply Recipes [4] has a good recipe for it. But you can also find it in the stores or on Amazon [5]. Just be sure to check the labels to make sure they’re gluten-free.

Here’s the very simple non-recipe: Place your cream cheese on a plate or serving dish and pour the jelly over the top. Then, spread gluten-free chips or crackers around it, for a nice presentation. How easy is that?! Now check out my notes and my new twist on it below.

Additional Notes and Ideas:

  • I like to use whipped cream cheese (or whip it myself) because it’s a little easier to dig into with crackers.
  • If you’re like me, and don’t tolerate dairy well, then try Toffutti’s non-dairy cream cheese [6]. I buy the Non-Hydrogenated Plain variety in the yellow tub [7]. With the jelly on top, you won’t notice the difference. OK, maybe you will, but it still tastes really good. :)
  • Another fun option is to buy the blocks of cream cheese (Tofutti’s works, too) and cut them into holiday shapes with cookie cutters. You can make a whole tray of cream cheese Christmas trees, stars, holly leaves, etc.
  • [8]Use any favorite gluten-free crackers or chips that don’t break too easily. Gluten-free rice crackers, Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers [9], and FoodShouldTasteGood Multigrain Tortilla Chips [10] (in the photo above) are my favorites for this.
  • Sometimes I get jelly or jam that is too solid, and doesn’t want to pour or spread easily. In this case, I usually just put the jelly  into the microwave for 20-30 seconds and stir well. Then, pour/spread it over the cream cheese.
  • For a festive holiday look, use both green and red pepper jelly. Add sweet pepper slices, cranberries, or raspberries for garnish.
  • Use any kind of jelly. Pepper jellies have a nice spice and flavor that complements the cream cheese, but you can use any favorite jelly. In fact, that’s just what I did by combining two flavors that always taste good together: chocolate and raspberry.

[11]Chocolate and Raspberry Variation. When I received a sample of FoodShouldTasteGood’s Chocolate Tortilla Chips [12], I knew what I wanted to try: Cream Cheese and Raspberry Jelly served with the Chocolate Tortilla Chips. Delicious treat! (It looks nice with a couple fresh raspberries on top, but I didn’t have the raspberries or the raspberry jam for the photo. Fortunately, the triple-berry jam I used in the photo turned out just as tasty.)

[13]If you haven’t tried the Chocolate tortilla chips [12], you really should. They have a rich cocoa flavor, and are just lightly sweetened. The flavor really works well with the creaminess of Tofutti, and the tart, sweetness of the jelly. [12]

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[4] Simply Recipes: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/jalapeno_pepper_jelly/

[5] Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&keywords=pepper%20jelly&linkCode=ur2&qid=1355332918&rh=k%3Apepper%20jelly%2Ci%3Agrocery&tag=celifami-20

[6] Toffutti’s non-dairy cream cheese: http://www.tofutti.biz/?page_id=489

[7] Non-Hydrogenated Plain variety in the yellow tub: http://www.tofutti.biz/?page_id=492

[8] Image: http://www.foodshouldtastegood.com/our-products/tortilla/multigrain

[9] Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001YJBLMM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001YJBLMM&linkCode=as2&tag=celifami-20

[10] FoodShouldTasteGood Multigrain Tortilla Chips: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AHJ2D8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001AHJ2D8&linkCode=as2&tag=celifami-20

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[12] FoodShouldTasteGood’s Chocolate Tortilla Chips: http://www.foodshouldtastegood.com/our-products/tortilla/chocolate

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