March 07, 2023 3 min read
You’ve heard of pairing cheese and wine, but what about cheese andpepper jelly?
When putting together a cheese board for a party, it helps to have some extra ingredients and condiments that guests can experiment with. Different kinds of bread, crackers, meats, veggies… and jellies.
Cheese is one of the most varied and versatile foods around. Not only is the sheer number of varieties enough to make any foodie giddy with anticipation, but the way those varieties interact and complement other foods has infinite potential. Whether it’s the contrast of a mild cheddar with sweet strawberries or creamy brie with bold fig jam.
What if you want something with a bit more of a kick, though?
Grandma Jones’ Pepper Jelly combination of sweet and spicy makes for an ideal pairing with cheese. Best of all, it comes in a diverse assortment of flavors, making it easy to find a perfect match no matter what kind of cheese you’re having!
Here at Grandma Jones’, we’re always finding new and exciting ways to enjoy our delicious homemade pepper jelly. Here are some of our favorite cheeses to pair with pepper jelly:
With its soft creaminess and sweet-but-not-too-sweet flavor profile, using cream cheese to pair with pepper jelly is practically a no-brainer. For that reason, we think our Traditional Pepper Jelly is the best accompaniment, providing a good blend of strong yet simple flavors.
The bell peppers that form the basis of our Traditional Pepper Jelly are pretty mild. If you want to turn the heat up a little, we recommend our Jalapeno Pepper Jelly for an extra burn. Not sure what cheese to pair with pepper jelly made from jalapenos? We think Manchego, with its rich, slightly salty nuttiness goes well with the pepper’s earthy notes.
Our Cranberry Pepper Jelly is a fan-favorite thanks to its extra sweetness and unique tart flavor. Does it get any better than that? Well, only if you add in the robust yet mellow profile of Camembert. With a slight hint of garlic, this pairing hits every taste bud just right.
If the special zing of our Jalapeno Pepper Jelly isn’t enough for you, check out our Habanero Pepper Jelly instead. It tastes just like our Traditional Pepper Jelly, but with a lot more fire. Balance out the blaze with the mild, caramelly sweetness of Gouda. Once your tongue stops burning, it will be in flavor heaven.
Looking for a cheese to pair with pepper jelly that’s sure to knock your cowboy boots off? A slice of buttery Oaxaca helps cut the smokiness of our Southwestern Chipotle Pepper Jelly. Even better, Oaxaca is a very meltable cheese, which makes this combo positively delectable when served with a side of crispy, salty tortilla chips.
Goat cheese is known for its pungent aroma and utterly addictive taste. There’s a full-bodied grassiness to it and a luxurious softness with which cow’s milk cheeses can’t quite match. The sweet juiciness of our Caribbean Mango Pepper Jelly accentuates these features even more.
If you have a sweet tooth, Pomegranate Pepper Jelly is our sweetest variety yet. A hearty smoked cheddar offers just the right amount of husky warmth and biting sharpness to balance it out. First, you get a little sugar rush. Then, the cheddar brings you back down to Earth.
Our Cranberry Habanero Pepper Jelly combines the sweet heat of our Habanero Pepper Jelly with the lip-puckering tartness of our Cranberry Pepper Jelly. Want to take things to the next level? Chevre is a cheese with an equally complex flavor profile, combining nutty earthiness and a surprising tang. Together with the semi-sour burn of cranberries and habaneros, it creates a dense but delicious explosion of flavor.
What cheese goes with red pepper jelly? Honestly, the possibilities are endless. With so many types of cheeses to choose from and so many flavors of Grandma Jones Pepper Jelly to try, you’ll never get tired of mixing and matching.
Order a jar today and discover the terrific, tongue-tingling taste sensation for yourself!
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