Looking for an easy Dip or Appetizer to make for your annual Christmas open house or New Year's Eve party? This Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip is sweet, spicy, cool, and creamy all in one. Make the cheese mixture a day ahead and top it last minute with your choice of Hot or Mild Pepper Jelly. It goes great with any crackers you have on hand, but the buttery round crackers really add savory deliciousness to this dip. Your guests will keep coming back for more and asking for the recipe.
Our Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip is a great snack any time of year, from Christmas to Super Bowl parties to summer picnics, or family game night, keep the recipe in your recipe book or Pinterest board.
Photo adapted from the Tipsy Housewife
- 2 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
- 4 ounce piece of Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 4 ounce piece of Pepper Jack Cheese
- 3/4 cup of hot or mild Pepper Jelly (adjust to your preferences)
- 1/4 teaspoon of dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to your taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon of celery salt
- 1/2 tablespoon of dried minced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley
- 2 tablespoons of thinly sliced fresh chives
First, using a cheese grater on the side with the larger, thicker shreds, freshly shred the blocks of sharp cheddar and pepper jack cheese. The thicker shreds are best for this dip.
Whip the softened cream cheese on high speed with a hand mixer or stand mixer. Add all the seasonings and herbs except the chives. Then, add the shredded cheese, a little at a time, until this is all well blended. Whip for 1 minute on high.
Spread the mixture onto a serving dish, cover and refrigerate overnight until ready to serve.
Dip out of the fridge ready to spread the Pepper Jelly.
(photo adapted from the Tipsy Housewife)
When ready to serve, spread the pepper jelly over the top of the cheese mixture, adding more (or less) than 3/4 cup, if you like. Then sprinkle with fresh chives. Serve with butter round crackers.
Thanks to The Tipsy Housewife for this easy, delicious dip/appetizer recipe.