11/24/2014 09:43 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Spicy Sweet Cranberry Jalapeño Jam

Cranberry jalapeño jam to spice up your Thanksgiving! Give this spicy spread a try - it makes a perfect appetizer spooned over crackers spread with a soft cheese.


Are you ready for Thanksgiving? It seems like just yesterday I was looking for Halloween decorations at the stores (and was unable to find any, because all of the Christmas decorations were already out). It's about that time to start planning your menu though, so that you can spend less time hovering over the stove and more time with your friends and family on Thanksgiving day.

I always love the years that I get to host Thanksgiving, because I enjoy cooking everything from scratch - from the roast turkey with gravy right down to the apple pie with homemade pie crust and homemade apple pie filling. Still, I like to prepare as much as possible ahead of time so that there's less to do on turkey day.

I always make as many sides and desserts as I can two to three days prior, and the bread or rolls the day before. (This year it might even be these copycat Texas Roadhouse rolls!) And, my homemade spiced cranberry sauce can be made well ahead of time, since it can be canned and stored until the holidays.

This year, I decided to kick things up a notch with this cranberry jalapeño jam. I'll still have plain homemade cranberry sauce as a side for dinner, but I thought that this jam, like my hot pepper jam, would make for a great appetizer.

I'm thinking it'll add a nice little extra kick in leftover turkey wraps the day after Thanksgiving as well - and of course, you can set aside a couple jars for later to whip up some appetizers for Christmas. I also like to pair a spicy jam like this one with a sweet summer jam to make a fun, simple host or hostess gift for the times we're visiting family.

I hope you'll love it as much as we do, and that you have a very happy holiday season!

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Tracy fell in love with locavorism, and built a business out of Canning & Preserving. She shares all sorts of recipes on Sugarcrafter, and her passion for canning here, but we love her rhubarb jam most of all.