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How To Make A 5-Minute Easy Holiday Appetizer

Plate of crackers, cream cheese, cherry pepper jelly and ambassador nut mix.

Three ingredients, five minutes, and a holiday appetizer that your guests are sure to rave about. Cherry Pepper Jelly, our Ambassador Nut Mix, and cream cheese create a sweet, savory, creamy, and spicy spread. Serve a crowd-pleasing favorite that is ready in five minutes with only three ingredients.

There is hardly a recipe to share at all, and instead more of a suggestion. If you haven’t tasted our Cherry Pepper Jelly, Ambassador Nut Mix, and cream cheese together, then you are seriously missing out.

Cherry Republic stirred in a blend of hot and mild pepper to our delectable Cherry Jam to create our Cherry Pepper Jelly. Served with your softened 8 ounce block of cream cheese, you’ll add color, zip, and the marvelous flavor of cherry to your holiday appetizer this year. Top it all off with our Ambassador Nut Mix. A mix of tart-dried cherries, dried cranberries, green pistachios, and huge macadamia nuts add a salty taste to this holiday appetizer.

How To Make This Easy Holiday Appetizer

It does not get easier than this… just remember to allow enough time for your cream cheese to soften at room temperature before assembling.

First, place your cream cheese on your favorite plate and serving tray. Spoon Cherry Pepper Jelly over the top, and then sprinkle on your Ambassador Nut Mix. Spread onto your favorite crackers, and serve!

Serving Suggestions

This dip is traditionally spread onto crackers. However, fancy-up your event by pre-arranging the cream cheese, Cherry Pepper Jelly, and Ambassador Nut Mix onto the cracker for an easy grab-and-go appetizer.

The Crackers We Recommend For Our Holiday Favorite Appetizer

This is a matter of personal preference, so pick your favorite. But, here at Cherry Republic, we picked out the crackers we love with this dip:

  • Ritz or Townhouse (perfect flaky, buttery texture and flavor)
  • Wheat Thins (a nice sweet-and-savory flavor profile; try the “big” size for dipping)
  • Triscuits (thick and sturdy — perfect for scooping)

How To Store Your Leftover Dip

Don’t throw away your leftover spread! Keep this in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three to four days.

Tips For The Best Cherry Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese Dip Recipe

Allow plenty of time for the cream cheese to soften at room temperature. Do not microwave the cream cheese or it will be too soft to spread.

Use the entire Cherry Pepper Jelly jar so that there is a thick layer on top of the cream cheese. The jelly should be falling over the edges. If you want the Cherry Pepper Jelly to be a little runnier, place it in a microwave safe container, and microwave for 20 seconds. 

Set out a variety of crackers for your guest to pair with the dip.

Other Occasions to Make This Dip

Our Hostess’ Favorite Appetizer is the ultimate dip for your holiday party. Dip is just one of those essential entertaining foods, and the good thing is, it doesn’t matter the occasion, there is always an appropriate time for this appetizer! 

  • The holidays
  • Tailgating
  • Birthday parties
  • Graduation open houses

Hostess’ Favorite Appetizer

The perfect appetizer – Cherry Republic Pepper Jelly on top of cream cheese and covered with our Ambassador Nut Mix. A recipe that is delicious and easy for any special occasion.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Spread cream cheese in the center of a serving plate.
  2. Cover with Cherry Pepper Jelly and top with crushed Cherry Ambassador Nut Mix. Surround with your favorite crackers. Serve and enjoy!
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