A tangy, yet spicy jelly on top of a mild cheese is such a wonderful appetizer. I’ve enjoyed many of these appetizers through the years but Christmas 2021, I made my own! After the epic fail of Grape Jalapeno jam a few years ago, I was a little nervous. Never fear, this recipe is a winner! Other than cleaning and chopping the jalapenos, this was an easy recipe and yielded 7 half pints of Jelly and a little more to enjoy immediately! It was wonderful on top of cream cheese or brie. It would be marvelous with chicken or fish, too.
It you make homemade Christmas gifts, I would highly recommend this for friends and family!
Cranberry Pepper Jelly
- 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (I used a 12 oz. package of fresh cranberries)
- 1 cup jalapeno
- 2 cups cider vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 4 cups sugar
- 6 tbsp. Ball RealFruit™ Low or No-Sugar Pectin
- Sort & wash cranberries. Measure pectin and add 1/2 cup sugar to it.
- Add vinegar and water to large stock pot.
- Chop and remove seeds from jalapenos. 1 cup of jalapenos makes a fairly mild jelly.
- Add peppers and cranberries to the vinegar and water to pan.
- Bring to boil.
- Reduce heat.
- Simmer for about 10 minutes until everything is soft.
- Strain out the cranberries and pepper mixture with a slotted spoon to a food processor or blender.
- Blend until very smooth. (you can add some of the liquid from the pan to help break up the cranberries and peppers, if you need to)
- Return to the saucepan.
- Add sugar/pectin mixture. Bring to rolling boil.
- Add the remainder of the sugar.
- Bring back to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute.
- Fill hot jam into hot jars.
- Wipe rims.
- Attach lids. Tighten bands finger tip tight.
- Process in water bath canning pot for 15 minutes. Turn of heat, allow jars to sit in hot water for at least 5 minutes.
Recipe from blinkysculinarycarnival