A spicy jalapeno Cranberry Jam recipe that’s perfectly festive!
Cranberries! They are the most identified fruit of the Holiday season, making beautiful sweet and tart cranberry sauce sitting pretty by that roast turkey. But they are also just as happy sitting on your cheese board or topping off a sandwich as this spicy cranberry jam recipe!
When entertaining, I believe that one of the easiest things to feature is a beautiful charcuterie or cheeseboard filled with a mixture of delicious cheeses, nuts, and fruits with a pile of crusty bread and crackers.
Ideas for entertaining recipes?
- Try this easy to make Cheeseboard for Two, this one has one of my all-time favorite flavor combinations, a strawberry balsamic chutney! Oh dear me, it’s amazing!
- Pear Walnut and Blue Cheese Bruschetta, yes! I adore a tangy blue cheese, but you could also try this with goats cheese if that’s your preference.
- Okay, so this Baked Gouda with Pear Compote is screaming eat me! Taste gorgeous and perfect for holiday entertaining! Honestly, it’s a must-try, with that warm pear compote piled on top it’s an impressive appetizer recipe. You can also use just the pear compote as a side with any of your favorite cheeses to create a lovely cheeseboard.
- Like things a little spicy? This small-batch Pepper Peach Jam is perfectly balanced with the heat of the peppers and the sweetness of the jam. My favorite way to serve it is simply on a toasted baguette with creamy soft cheese, just like the Jalapeno Cranberry Jam recipe below.
- Here’s a great guide on how to create a cheese board including how to store the cheese and pairings from Good Housekeeping.
For this recipe, you can use either fresh or frozen cranberries, and if you prefer a hotter pepper, by all means, but proceed with caution. Maybe try a small batch or half batch first and then add more or less as desired the next time you make a batch.
How to make this Jalapeno Cranberry Jam Recipe
- 1 cup of sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 4 jalapenos, diced
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1/4 cup of liquid pectin
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
- In a large heavy bottom pot over medium heat, combine the jalapenos, sugar, and salt, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add in the lime juice, pectin, water, and vinegar, stirring to mix well. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
- Add in the cranberries, stirring occasionally, and simmer gently until the cranberries have burst and the juices start to thicken, about 15 - 20 minutes.
- Transfer jam to the sterilized jars and seal. You can either allow to cool at room temperature, then keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks, freeze for up to 6 months, or you can process in a hot water bath and keep for up to a year.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 32 Serving Size: 2 tbsp
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 33 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 7mg Carbohydrates: 9g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
Stacey is a Southern girl with a taste for travel, thriving on the discovery of the world through food. After spending many years traveling and living overseas, she’s now back home in her beloved deep south enjoying life with her three little ones and loving the adventure. She’s a food stylist and food photographer, as well as, the creative behind Little Figgy Food, where she loves to inspire others to try new flavors and foodie techniques.