Appetizers

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.

Servings

1 cup

Level

Easy

Ingredients

  • 2 jalapeños, halved lengthwise
  • 8 ounces Challenge Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • zest of 1 lime
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika

Directions

  • 1
    Place a cast iron skillet, grill pan or heavy bottom sauté pan on high heat.
  • 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
    After the jalapeños are charred, remove them from the heat and set aside to cool.
  • 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
    Once the charred jalapeños are cool, mince them (remove seeds and veins for milder heat).
  • 6
    Fold the charred jalapeños into the seasoned cream cheese (optional - reserve a pinch for garnish).
  • 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
    Serve with tortilla chips, pork skins or pita chips.

Recipe By

The Larder Meat Co.

Jensen is a chef, husband, father, outdoorsman, and entrepreneur. He believes in the power of linking land and food as a means of strengthening a community. So with his wife, Grace, started the Larder Meat Co. to provide direct access to healthy, ethically raised meat.