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Spice Up Your Appetizers: Delicious Pepper Jelly Dip Recipe

Updated: Dec 23, 2023

Welcome to a flavor-packed journey that will elevate your snack game to new heights! I'm telling you- this dip is addicting! Today, I'm diving into the world of irresistible appetizers with a recipe that's sure to become a crowd-pleaser – this is an irresistible Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip! Whether hosting a party, or game night, or simply craving a sensational treat, this dip is your go-to solution. You can make it ahead and add the pepper jelly and chives just before serving. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds and impress your guests with this easy-to-make, unforgettable Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip!



Ingredients:

  • 2- 8oz. packages of cream cheese, softened

  • 4oz. piece of Sharp Cheddar Cheese (just cut an 8 oz. block in half)

  • 4oz. piece of Pepper Jack Cheese

  • 3/4 cup of Pepper Jelly (adjust to your preferences, I use red pepper jelly)

  • 1/4 teaspoon of dry mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to your preferences)

  • 1/2 tablespoon of dried minced onion

  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley

  • 2 tablespoons of thinly sliced fresh chives


How to Make It:

For this recipe, I recommend using freshly shredded cheese. I use a brick of cheese and grate it on the thicker side. Thicker shreds are best for this dip. Don't use the pre-shredded cheese. The coating will prevent the dip from coming together. Trust me on this one.



Soften the cream cheese and whip on high speed with a hand mixer or stand mixer.

Add the shredded cheese a little at a time until this is all well blended.



Add all the dry seasonings and herbs except the chives.



Do a final whip for 1 minute on high.



Spread the mixture on a dish, cover, and refrigerate for an hour or two or overnight if you're making it ahead. However, you can eat it right away, but it's best served cold.

When you're ready to serve it, spread the pepper jelly all over the top. Then sprinkle the chives on top of that. I like to eat mine with Ritz crackers, but any crackers will do.



Tips:

Be sure not to add the pepper jelly until you're ready to serve this dip. The jelly will cause the dip to get watery on top if it sits for too long. If your dip is too watery, pour some of the liquid off. The liquid doesn't change the integrity of the dip. If you want, you can also stir in the pepper jelly instead of serving it on top. But, I think adding it on top is a nicer presentation. You can also opt not to put the pepper jelly on the top of the dip and serve it on the side. Either way, the pepper jelly really does make the dip over-the-top delicious. It's so good!



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