Different Ways to Use Pepper Jelly

Pepper jelly is one of those versatile items you must have in your refrigerator all year long. It can be an appetizer, breakfast item, lunch spread, dinner glaze, dessert topping, in margarita or give it as a gift! Here are a few different ways to use pepper jelly.

Appetizer

Easiest recipe you will ever serve. Spoon pepper jelly over a block of cream cheese and serve with crackers. 

Breakfast

Take your everyday egg sandwich on an english muffin & top with pepper jelly. Try a breakfast burrito with pepper jelly - options - you can mix the jelly in the pan with the egg or spread it on the tortilla with a knife. Add pepper jelly to your morning bowl of oatmeal. On a bagel, mix cream cheese and pepper jelly in a bowl, then spread on a bagel of your choice. I would recommend an onion bagel. 

Lunch

Take your everyday sandwich and make it a bite size sandwich and add pepper jelly spread. Pepper jelly vinaigrette can spice up your boring salad and add some heat. A spicy peanut butter and jelly sandwich- this is now known as the adult PB&J sandwich. Spiked Monte Cristo - make the sandwich your way but mix pepper jelly with the mayo, gives a little kick to your MC sandwich. 

On Ham

Pepper jelly on ham gives you all the flavors - sweet, salty, tangy and spice. You can make your own pepper jelly and control the heat or if you buy it in the store, you can cool it down a bit with brown sugar. Cook your ham as you would. Once the ham is fully cooked it is time to add the glaze. Set the oven to 425 degrees. Coat the ham with pepper jelly. Put the uncovered ham back in the oven and cook for 10 additional minutes. If you have a ham larger than 9 pounds you will need to add more red pepper jelly.

Dessert 

Take your average bowl of vanilla ice cream and pour over some pepper jelly! The combination of the cold, creamy vanilla ice cream with the spice of the pepper jam equals a winning dessert. 

Margarita

Jam mixed into cocktails is never the wrong choice. The sweet and tangy pepper jelly turns a margarita into a sweet heat treat.

As a Gift

Buy some pepper jelly, pour it in a cute, small glass jar and seal with a lid. Tie a bow or twine around the jar and BOOM! Gift for host, neighbor, friend, mail person, etc.