Candied Jalapeno Goat Cheese Ball
Out of the gate, these pictures are horrid. I still haven’t gotten over the semi-embarrassment of doing this blog. I like to cook and make things but I don’t consider myself an expert or even a great cook. People like my food and most importantly Jill and I like it. So I made this the other night for a party we had but forgot to take pictures before the party started. I wanted to avoid taking pictures in front of everyone, as if I am some special cook or “food blogger”, so while people were eating chili, I grabbed my camera and snapped a few photos. As you can see I did a poor job of composing my shots.
Anyway, back to the food. Jill and I discovered sweet jalapenos years ago. When we want a snack we will run into the kitchen and slather a few crackers with a thin layer of cream cheese and then pile on sweet or candied jalapenos. Perfect bite for us…. tang from the cheese, crunch of the cracker and the sweet and spiciness from the jalapeno. We later discovered jalapeno jelly and applied the same concept and sometimes used both. We keep two jars of each on hand.
For our party we had chili and I had already decided on trying the bacon butter crackers along with my blue cheese sauced warm kettle chips. I wanted a third option so created this cheese log based upon our late night snack attacks. Instead of just using cream cheese, I whipped in some goat cheese for an extra layer of “tang” and then diced up those sweet or candied jalapenos and folded them into the ball/log. Could eat it everyday.
1 8oz block of Philly Cream Cheese
1 4oz package of Goat Cheese
Handful of Woody’s Candied Jalapenos https://woodys-smokehouse.com/shop/
1 jar (10oz) of Austin Oasis Jalapeno Jelly http://www.austinoasis.com/
1 tbs of local Honey
Let both cheeses come to room temperature so that they stir easily. Dice up your candied jalapenos and stir into the cheeses and honey. Pour it on to wax paper and make a shape of your choice (ball, log, whatever).
Put it in the fridge to harden up a bit until you are ready to serve it. Pour the jelly on top of the log/ball and serve it with your favorite crackers.