Party Noshing

by Feb 22, 2024Recipes, South Brunswick, Southern Sandi

Put this elegant warm goat cheese dip on your menu for easy entertaining.

Last summer my family purchased a house that is almost 100 years old. It is a well-known house built by a family that went on to house three generations of that same family. They often hosted parties, so many of our town’s people have been inside this house before. We took down walls, put walls up, got a new roof and new siding, painted the interior and put down new floors in the basement. After a few months of renovations, we finally moved in.

We may have bitten off a little more than we had anticipated in repairs, but we were excited to show off our accomplishments by hosting a housewarming party. Our neighbors were excited to see all the work we had done and so were our family and friends. I wanted to welcome them with an appetizer that was appealing, unique, delicious and warm because it was starting to get cool outside.

Charcuterie boards can be very expensive with the variations of items presented so I knew my hot goat cheese and red pepper jelly would be perfect. This appetizer is a tangy goat cheese mix topped with red pepper jelly then sprinkled with pumpkin seeds and green onion. It comes together to create a colorful appetizer that’s both sweet and savory and takes a bit from each of the charcuterie board items and merges them into one flavorful dish. I served it with apple slices, carrots and French bread toast for a variation of fruit, veggie and carb, and it was a hit! There was nothing to spare by the end of the evening, and I had even doubled the recipe to accommodate the number of guests.

With this recipe, entertaining is made easy. If you want a wow-factor appetizer, but you do not have time to put in a ton of effort, this is your appetizer. It screams elegance and fanciness while offering a complex variety of flavors and textures, but it comes together and cooks in less than a half-hour. Have the ingredients on hand and whip it up for parties, holiday gatherings or when friends and family drop by.

Photography by James Stefiuk

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Hot Goat Cheese and Red Pepper Jelly Dip
Put this elegant warm goat cheese dip on your menu for easy entertaining.
Goat Cheese Pepper Jelly
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Ingredients
Servings
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Ingredients
Goat Cheese Pepper Jelly
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, Parmesan, olive oil, garlic, honey, thyme and salt in a mixing bowl until it has a whipped consistency.
  3. Spread the mixture into a small baking dish. Spread the red pepper jelly on top of the cheese mixture.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Top the hot dip by sprinkling the pumpkin seeds and green onion and serve with apple slices, carrots, and toasted French bread slices.
  6. Note: Baking time could vary depending on the size and depth of your baking dish. Small deep dishes may take more time while more shallow larger dishes may not need the entire cooking time.