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Sharing a recipe for a smoky and spicy Jalapeño Cheese Spread, an easy appetizer recipe.

I was born in Charleston, SC and have lived half of my life in the Southeast United States, so I can honestly call myself a ‘Southerner’.

That being said, despite my southern roots, I am not a fan of Pimento Cheese (GASP!!) Now I love cheese and I love cream cheese, but pimentos…eh, they leave me flat. So, instead of throwing the baby out with the bathwater, I make my ‘pimento’ cheese without pimentos!

Where is it written that you have to have pimento in your Pimento Cheese Spread? Oh…nevermind.

Well…so I bend the rules a bit and made a pimento-less Pimento Cheese Spread. In this case, jalapeños are a great stand-in and bring a little heat to the game.

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And since I was already breaking the rules by not inviting pimentos to the party anyway, I decided to go completely off-course and use smokey Gouda and Gruyere cheese instead of the traditional cheddar cheese for my Jalapeño Cheese Spread. And, I must say, it is a nice change!

A little spicy and a little smoky, this Jalapeño Cheese Spread is an easy to make appetizer and a great spread on crackers or little rye toasts.

In case your grocery store doesn’t carry those little rye toasts, simply buy the thinly sliced loaf of Rye Bread, slice off the edges to make a nice rectangle and then toast them for the perfect rye toasts for your Jalapeño Cheese Spread.

Jalapeño Cheese Spread

Jalapeño Cheese Spread

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A smoky and spicy cheese spread featuring Gruyere, Smoked Gouda, and Jalapeño peppers.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 8 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 TB Mayo (more if needed)
  • 2 finely diced Jalapeño peppers'
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 - 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 - 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients and mix until combined
  2. Store in the refrigerator
  3. Serve with crackers or toasted rye bread

Notes

Let soften slightly at room temperature before serving

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If you are looking for more easy-to-make appetizers, you might like these Roasted Olives with Feta. And for more easy cheese appetizers, Fromage Fort and Rosemary & Goat Cheese with Ginger Preserves are always popular with cheese lovers.

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Smoky Jalapeno Cheese Spread

Looking for another great appetizer recipe? Check out this curry yogurt spread.

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