recipe: jalepeno cheese spread

If you’re looking for a quick and tasty appetizer to take to a Christmas or New Year’s party this year, look no further. I’m too late for Edie’s party but wanted to share this one with y’all.

This recipe comes from our hometown Junior League cookbook, Down By The Water. (PS: did I loan it to you? I cannot find my copy anywhere!) It is a funny combination of flavors but people always go crazy over it. It takes just a few minutes to throw together and travels well for a party.

It’s a short ingredient list: Cheese, Pecans, Scallions, Mayo, Hot Pepper Jelly and crackers (I used a few kinds of crackers because we needed to serve a lot of people). I am all about grating your own cheese but in this case, the pre-shredded holds up better. And, I didn’t love this pepper jelly (weird color and not very spicy) but it was all Walmart had. Most grocery stores carry Braswells, get that if you can. Be sure it has jalepenos and isn’t just red jelly.

Jalepeno Cheese Spread
serves 15-20 as an appetizer 

2 cups pre-shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups chopped pecans, lightly toasted
1 bunch scallions, sliced thin (white and green parts)
1 to 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
1 jar hot jalepeno pepper jelly
Assorted Crackers for serving (e.g. Triscuit Thin Crisps, Water Crackers, Ritz)

Combine cheese, pecans, scallions in a large bowl. Add 1 tbsp. mayo and mix to combine. Add more to your taste (I like just a little- you can omit altogether if you want). Spread on a platter and top with pepper jelly. Serve with crackers.



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