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The Speckled Palate
October 23, 2017

Pepper Jelly Cream Cheese Bruschetta

This post, as well as the travel involved with this post, is sponsored by Sprouts Farmers Market. As always, all opinions and recipe are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support The Speckled Palate!

Entertain with ease by letting your guests to make their own Pepper Jelly Cream Cheese Bruschetta! This recipe calls for four ingredients: a toasted, sliced baguette, a room temperature block of cream cheese, your favorite pepper jelly and honey. Your guests will have a ball smearing the cream cheese onto their bruschetta, topping it with pepper jelly and a drizzle of honey! Simple and delicious, this appetizer adds spicy sweetness to any party!

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Ever since Lady A was born two and a half years ago, Winston and I have really tried our best to include organic, locally grown food in our diets and hers. We want our girl to eat beautiful, flavorful food… but we don’t necessarily want to pay an arm and a leg for it.

I mean, we totally would if it was the only way, but it’s not.

Enter: Sprouts.

I’d never shopped at the grocery store until two years ago, and I was blown away with what they were offering. One thing I love about shopping at Sprouts is that organic, locally sourced food isn’t outrageously priced.

Grocery shopping is no longer painful because ingredients are easy to find, and I spent a majority of my shopping trip in the middle of the store, perusing the fresh produce. I absolutely adore the selection of in-season foods always on display, and I love Sprouts policy about opening anything a customer wants to try.

What I didn’t know until the #HelloSprouts Blogger Retreat in August was that all these things I love about Sprouts? They’re things the brand has done intentionally.

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Sprouts Farmers Market wants to help and encourage its customers to lead healthy lifestyles.

The Sprouts sustainability efforts have led to partnerships with local food brands and manufacturers. Sprouts supports manufacturers that work in the communities they have stores in and wants to help them succeed locally, then nationally.

And I don’t know what y’all think about that, but to me? That’s pretty freakin’ cool that they’re passionate about working with local brands.

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Since the retreat was in Arizona, we got to meet some local Sprouts producers there! Danzeisen Dairy is one of the Arizona-based food brands and manufacturers that Sprouts works with, and the last day of our retreat, we had the opportunity to visit their plant.

While we were there, we learned their brand story and where they got their start, as well as interesting information about their cows and their product offerings.

Did you know that their cows wear pedometers? Foot health is very important for cows, and Danzeisen has invested a lot in technology to help them monitor and take care of theirs.

Fun fact: A healthy cow should take about 1,200 steps a day.

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Along with a traditional dairy selection of milks, creams and butter, Danzeisen also offers flavored milk—strawberry, chocolate, cold brew coffee, orange, and so many more, including seasonal flavors!—that are naturally colored. (They also will mix them into a milkshake, too, if you’d like!)

So the orange milk is brilliantly orange because of beta keratin, and the strawberry milk is pink because of beet juice powder.

Since “local” for dairy means it was produced within 100 miles of the market, we’re sadly not going to find any Danzeisen Dairy milk in my Dallas-based Sprouts Farmers Market. However, there are Texas brands I know and love that I can find there.

I can also always trust the Sprouts branded ingredients on their shelves, too. Because Danzeisen affirms what I already knew—that Sprouts is invested in providing products they consider the best to their customers.

So today, I’m taking some of my favorite Sprouts branded ingredients and turning them into an appetizer we enjoyed the last night of our retreat.

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Our last evening, the bloggers and I went to Postino Kierland for drinks, small plates and bruschetta.

Y’all know I absolutely adore bruschetta. Especially weird bruschetta. (Hi. Carbs + toppings are the BEST.)

And I decided to take my favorite bruschetta offering that I ate entirely too much of that evening—the pepper jelly, cream cheese variety, of course—and turn it into something to serve at home.

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There’s something almost comforting in the creaminess of the Neufchâtel Cheese paired with the spiciness of the pepper jelly.

Then that honey drizzled on top to add a bit of sweetness?

Heavenly.

Spoiler alert: It’s really delicious.

Bonus points: It’s so simple to make, too!

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This creamy, spicy bruschetta is something you can make for a party in advance. It’s also something that would go over well at a tailgate, a shower or any other event where finger foods are acceptable.

It’s also totally acceptable to make yourself a few and call ‘em lunch. I know I did. 😉

Scroll on down to learn how to make this Pepper Jelly Cream Cheese Bruschetta at home!

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Honey is drizzled on top of Pepper Jelly Cream Cheese Bruschetta.
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Pepper Jelly Cream Cheese Bruschetta

Entertain with ease by letting your guests to make their own Pepper Jelly Cream Cheese Bruschetta! This recipe calls for four ingredients: a toasted, sliced baguette, a room temperature block of cream cheese, your favorite pepper jelly and honey. Your guests will have a ball smearing the cream cheese onto their bruschetta, topping it with pepper jelly and a drizzle of honey! Simple and delicious, this appetizer adds spicy sweetness to any party!

Course Appetizers & Starters
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

  • 2 Sprouts Market Corner Demi Baguettes
  • 8 oz. Neufchâtel Cheese , at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup pepper jelly
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

  1. Toast the baguettes in the oven, per the packaging’s heating instructions.

  2. Slice the baguettes into ½” rounds.

  3. Using a knife, smear the room temperature Neufchâtel Cheese onto the toasted bread.

  4. Add pepper jelly to each piece of bread using a spoon or a knife.

  5. Place the bruschetta on a plate or platter, then drizzle with a little honey for the finishing touch.

  6. Serve immediately, and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

If you cannot find Neufchâtel Cheese, you can use cream cheese instead.

Have you had a similar experience at Sprouts?

Could I interest you in a slice of this bruschetta?

6 Comments

  1. Allyson Zea

    I love pretty much anything on top of bread, so I know this will be right up my alley! YUM!

  2. Amanda

    Hellllloooo easy holiday appetizer! Love this!!

  3. Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling

    I’m in love with the spicy/sweet/creamy combo! Can’t wait to make this!

  4. Michelle Goth

    It sounds like it was a neat experience! Delicious appetizer!

  5. Abeer

    Now I know what I am making for the next party!

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