I do love a good hot pepper jelly. I love it over a brick of cream cheese served with crackers. It really is one of the easiest appetizers. It’s even better if you make it with this homemade easy hot pepper jelly.
I always just buy my pepper jelly from the store but this year I decided to try and make it myself instead. Can I just tell you that it was easier than I thought to make and so worth the effort.
The flavor of homemade pepper jelly way surpasses the flavor of the stuff from the store. Plus, you can adjust the heat according to your likeness. My family is pretty whimpy when it comes to spice, so I only included the seeds from 1/2 of a jalapeno when I made mine. I think it was the perfect amount for us, enough of a kick for me, but whimpy enough on the heat for my family.
This would make a great gift to give by itself or include it with a box of crackers and a brick of cream cheese. You can use it to make a festive appetizer like the cream cheese pepper jelly tree I shared last year!
Recipe adapted from The View From Great Island.