Charred Jalapeño with Lime Cream Cheese Spread

With the addition of a few simple ingredients, Challenge Cream Cheese can push an appetizer or sandwich from good to outrageously delicious. Try serving this Latin-inspired spread alongside tortilla chips or the Mexican pork cracklings called chicharrones.

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Charred Jalapeño with Lime Cream Cheese Spread
  1. 2 jalapeños, halved lengthwise
  2. 8 ounces Challenge Cream Cheese, room temperature
  3. 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  4. zest of 1 lime
  5. ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  6. ¼ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  7. ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  8. ¼ teaspoon cumin
  9. ¼ teaspoon paprika
  1. 1

    Place a cast iron skillet, grill pan or heavy bottom sauté pan on high heat.

  2. 2

    When the pan is hot, place the 4 jalapeño halves into the pan, skin side up, without any cooking oil and allow them to sit undisturbed for 3 minutes to char the sliced side. Use a smaller pan to press the peppers for a harder sear.

  3. 3

    After the jalapeños are charred, remove them from the heat and set aside to cool.

  4. 4

    Mix the tempered cream cheese with the cream, lime zest, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin and paprika, in a bowl or in a food processor until ingredients are completely combined.

  5. 5

    Once the charred jalapeños are cool, mince them (remove seeds and veins for milder heat).

  6. 6

    Fold the charred jalapeños into the seasoned cream cheese (optional - reserve a pinch for garnish).

  7. 7

    Scoop flavored cream cheese into a small dipping bowl and garnish with a bit more lime zest, a pinch of charred jalepeños and sprinkle of paprika.

  8. 8

    Serve with tortilla chips, pork skins or pita chips.

Source: Challenge Partner Jensen Lorenzen, The Larder Meat Co.

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