13 Recipes Made Sweet and Spicy With Pepper Jelly

Cheesy Thumbprint Appetizers with Hot Pepper Jelly
Photo: lutzflcat

Few spreads can transform something as simple as a cracker or baked chicken into a more refined dish, but that sort of magic is simple for pepper jelly. Sweet, spicy, and slightly savory, pepper jelly transforms basic ingredients — think mini toasts, pork tenderloin, and even ruffled potato chips — into something homey yet elegant. Whether you need to whip up an appetizer in a hurry or just want to add major flavor to an otherwise ordinary dish, these simple recipes all taste even better with a little help from a jar of pepper jelly.

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Pepper Jelly Glazed Chicken

Glazed Pepper Jelly Chicken
Molly

You only need three ingredients to completely transform baked chicken breasts, and you can find all of them easily in your grocery store if they're not already stocked in your kitchen. The pepper jelly glaze is quick and easy, and it pairs well with any poultry.

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Hot Pepper Jelly Chips

Hot Pepper Jelly Chips
lutzflcat

This snack may be simple, but it hits all the notes you want in a quick bite — crunch, sweetness, tang, creamy, and spice. Everything takes only 15 minutes to assemble, making these chips a great last-minute appetizer for unexpected company.

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Pepper Jelly Appetizer

Pepper jelly and cream cheese on top of a cracker
Holiday Baker

If you've got crackers, cream cheese, and a jar of pepper jelly, you have everything you need for a no-fuss appetizer. For a slightly fancier upgrade, try using another type of cheese, such as Brie or white Cheddar.

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Spicy PBJ Wings

Spicy PBJ Wings
Chef John

If you're looking for a delicious twist on chicken wings, try this satay-inspired recipe by Chef John. The combination of peanut butter and pepper jelly, along with a few other ingredients, creates a spicy, sticky sauce that provides a distinct chicken wing experience.

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Brittany's Turkey Burgers

Brittany's Turkey Burgers
Linda T

Turkey burgers sometimes get a bad rap for being bland, but when the meat is mixed with pepper jelly, green apple, barbecue sauce, mushrooms, chutney, and other ingredients, a lack of flavor is the last thing you'll have have to worry about. The mixture of sweet and savory really helps the turkey sing, giving you a healthier burger alternative you can feel good about and enjoy.

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Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken

Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken
Pam Ziegler Lutz

A mixture of hot pepper jelly and butter make an easy, yet flavorful basting sauce for an otherwise ordinary baked chicken. Be sure to keep an eye on the chicken, as the sugar in the pepper jelly can burn the bird — if it's browning too quickly, cover it with an aluminum foil tent and continue backing.

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Garlicky Baked Brie

Garlicky Baked Brie
Pepper Lane

Baked Brie gets a savory and spicy upgrade when it's stuffed with pepper jelly and crushed garlic. Keep an eye on the Brie while it's in the oven so it won't overcook.

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Chicken Bombs

Chicken Bombs
Soup Loving Nicole

Chicken breast gets a major flavor boost when it's paired with cream cheese, jalapeño slices, and pepper jelly, and wrapped in bacon. If you don't have fresh jalapeños on hand, pickled ones actually work even better.

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Kielbasa Appetizer

Kielbasa Appetizer
LeAnn Swieckowski

Kielbasa is always impressive, but when it's combined with chopped onion, mustard, and a jar of jalapeno jelly, it becomes an irresistible appetizer. "I was a bit hesitant about making it because of the odd ingredients, but I was pleasantly surprised at the delicious results," says community member Cora. "Everyone raved about how great they tasted. Liked the sweet and tangy combination."

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Hot Pepper Jelly BBQ Sauce

Hot Pepper Jelly BBQ Sauce
Karl Weinsteiger

This homemade barbecue sauce gets the right mixture of sweetness, spice, and savory notes thanks to the combination of pepper jelly, white vinegar, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, and garlic. It's easy and tasty, and best of all, it's a great way to use up ingredients that may be crowding your refrigerator.

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Pepper Jelly Pork

Pepper Jelly Pork
walshmartin

Pork tenderloin and pepper jelly were meant for each other — just combine the two in the oven and you'll see the light. This recipe may be quick and simple, but it's flavorful enough to stand as the centerpiece for a holiday gathering or dinner party.

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Spinach Salad with Pepper Jelly Dressing

Spinach Salad with Pepper Jelly Dressing
Luv2eat

If you're looking for a truly unique way to use up a jar of pepper jelly, stir it into a homemade salad dressing that's bold enough to pair with goat cheese, chopped walnuts, and baby spinach. It's a little sweet and a little salty, and the dressing also pairs well with meats and fish.

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Cheesy Thumbprint Appetizers with Hot Pepper Jelly

Cheesy Thumbprint Appetizers with Hot Pepper Jelly
lutzflcat

This savory twist on thumbprint cookies comes together in just under an hour and is guaranteed to disappear at your next party. For a bit more bite, add spices and seasonings such as paprika and garlic powder to the dough and use extra sharp cheddar.

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