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'Wich of the Week: Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly

'Wich of the Week: Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly

Don't knock it 'til you've tried it: Cream cheese smothered in pepper jelly and served with crackers is an easy and irresistible party appetizer. (Seriously, try it for Super Bowl.) Left with a deliciously sweet and spicy jar of Tabasco jelly from a recent gathering, I assembled an adult rendition of the old-school kiddie combo of cream cheese and jam.As a nod to childhood bagged lunches, I cut the crusts off the bread for a sandwich as pretty as it is simple. Decadent and gooey, the pepper jelly has just the right amount of spice, which is gracefully cut by the creamy spread. I also threw in some baby romaine leaves to create a festive color palette of orange, white, and green and to add a bit of extra texture. The only danger of this sandwich is that I could easily eat five in one sitting. To get the recipe and step-by-step photos,

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Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly Sandwich

Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly Sandwich

Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly Sandwich

Ingredients

  1. 2 slices of wheat or multigrain bread
  2. 2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese, lowfat or regular
  3. 2 tablespoons spicy pepper jelly, such as Tabasco
  4. 6 leaves baby romaine lettuce

Directions

  1. With a sharp bread knife, cut the crusts off the bread.
  2. On each slice, spread one tablespoon cream cheese, followed by one tablespoon pepper jelly.
  3. On top of one jelly-coated slice, carefully lay the romaine leaves.
  4. Press other slice over the lettuce, cut diagonally in half, and serve.

Makes 1 sandwich.


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jamie-ferrari jamie-ferrari 6 years
Yummy looking and sounding! I will try this out. Love hot and sweet together. Sounds really good and fairly good for you too. Would be yummy to toast bread slightly so it's a bit crispy too. But not so long that the cream cheese melts. I will play with this recipe. Thanks for posting it. I get tired of the same old, same old and this will spice lunchtime up a bit. XO
Ocean-Street Ocean-Street 8 years
Even better: Cranberry Pepper Jelly with Brie or Camembert. mmm mmm. Cream cheese will do, but the upgrade is de-lish.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Oooo...sounds interesting. I'll have to rememeber to pick up a little jar on my next farmer's market trip.
aarn aarn 8 years
just make the jam...so easy. check it: http://lickmybalsamic.blogspot.com/2008/08/really-hot-hot-pepper-jam.html
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
Adorable! I love pepper jelly. Esp with cream cheese. Looks great :)
goatimpact goatimpact 8 years
I love the combination of cream cheese and pepper jelly.
Nan-Einhart Nan-Einhart 8 years
Almeeb always passes. I am in.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 8 years
Yeah, my mom always puts out two dishes of cream cheese - one covered in red pepper jelly, the other in green, for the holidays. We usually eat it with Triscuits -- so yummy!
Molly Molly 8 years
That actually looks pretty yummy.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Cream cheese and pepper jelly is an aquired taste. I love it with wheat crackers. I usually eat it around Christmas.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
a friend of mine makes little crackers with cc and pepper jelly, its decent but not something I crave
emalove emalove 8 years
I've actually had something similar to this...it was okay.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'll pass.
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