RASPBERRY JALAPENO POM COMPOTE with CREAM CHEESE – an elegant and delicious appetizer yet very easy to make – sweetened raspberries, tangy lime, jalapeno – The PERFECT Combination!
RASPBERRY JALAPENO POM COMPOTE
I had a lot of fun with this recipe and the photos. Such fun and vibrant colors especially for this time of year; the holidays! This dish would be fabulous as a light appetizer or even better; I can see this dish on a buffet table as a showstopper because of the colors.
For this recipe, the ingredients are straightforward with just a little prep required. The photo above shows a few ingredients; fresh raspberries, jalapeno peppers, fresh lime, and Pom Juice. **Thought it was wine, didn’t you? Additionally, the recipe calls for sugar and cornstarch. Yep, that’s it! Six ingredients – easy peasy.
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Prep and Measure
As you can see, I measured everything into a glass bowl, but this is not necessary unless you want to take pics. Just measure all the ingredients in a *non-reactive pot you will use to cook this delightful compote. Of course, I placed it all in the glass so you could *follow along.
*Hint and Tip: Reactive vs. Nonreactive Pans. … Cooks should avoid cooking acidic foods such as tomato sauce in reactive pans, as the metal can alter the color and flavor of the dish. Stainless steel and tin (including tin-lined copper) are examples of nonreactive metals.
My mind makes me laugh. Do any of you remember the Sing Along With Mitch show? As I typed, “follow along” my mind took me to the hardwood floors in my parent’s house when I was a child. Sing Along With Mitch was a top-rated black and white television show and very popular. (Believe it or not.) The show began with Mitch saying, “Don’t just sit there, sing along.” The scene had no props only his all-male choir standing in various poses, singing as Mitch directed. The cool thing about it, the words to each song appeared on the bottom third of the screen. COULD THIS HAVE BEEN THE BEGINNING OF KARAOKE AS WE KNOW IT TODAY?
Jalapeno Peppers For Heat or Flavor?
The only knife skills you will need for this recipe is to chop the jalapeno pepper(s) finely. If heat is not the main objective for using jalapenos, remove the membrane and the seeds. If you want the flavor and the heat, include the membrane and the seeds into the recipe. When developing this recipe, I debated whether to leave the seeds or not, but since I was creating the recipe for y’all, I chose to remove the seeds. The next time I make the raspberry jalapeno compote, I will leave the seeds for a little heat and use two peppers for flavor. At this point, I can hear my mother tell me I’ve lived in Texas too long as we do a lot of spicy foods down here.
Hint and Tip: If you wear contacts, wear kitchen gloves when working with peppers. The oil will penetrate into the skin and stay there even after washing your hands. Burning reds eyes are not favorable in my house.
Short Cooking Time
Once all the ingredients are in the non-reactive pan, bring the compote to a soft boil and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Testing to see if the sugar is dissolved is as simple as taking a spoon of compote and rubbing the mixture between the finger and the thumb. If you feel no grit, you are good to go. Pour the cooked compote into a glass bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. At this time, the compote can be used immediately or kept in the refrigerator in a covered glass jar for up to 4 days.
Presentation, but first a Hint and Tip: Creating the presentation at the table takes a little “what if attitude”. Take a kitchen towel and cover the table or the tablecloth to catch any drips when adding compote to the cream cheese. Raspberry spills will stain a white tablecloth. Just sayin’.
Choose the serving dish and place the block of cream cheese a little off center. Place ladles of the compote onto of the cream cheese. Place fresh raspberries on top of that and drizzle freshly squeezed lime juice over the raspberries, cream cheese, and compote. Add color to your table to enhance the dish.
Serve with an assortment of crackers, a lot of smiles, and a couple appetizer knives on the plate.
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RASPBERRY JALAPENO POM COMPOTE RECIPE
RASPBERRY JALAPENO POM COMPOTE with Cream Cheese
Yield 3 blocks of cream cheese
RASPBERRY JALAPENO POM COMPOTE with Cream Cheese - an elegant and delicious appetizer yet very easy to make - sweetened raspberries, tangy lime, jalapeno - The perfect combination.
- 1 to 1-1/2 cups sugar, preferably organic (if you like it a little tart, use the 1 cup measure)
- 4-1/2 cups fresh raspberries, rinsed and dried for the compote
- 1/3 cup Pom Wonderful
- 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice, use the rest of the lime for presentation
- 1 to 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, finely chopped, seeds and membranes removed. If you desire the heat action use the membranes and the seeds in the compote; if using 2 peppers, use the seeds and membranes of 1 pepper
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 8-oz block of cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup of fresh raspberries
- Stir all the ingredients together in a non-reactive pan.
- Cook over medium-low heat to a soft boil and the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from the heat and pour into a glass bowl and cool to room temperature.
- Place the block of softened cream cheese, off center, on a serving plate.
- Ladle the compote over the cream cheese, sprinkle with fresh raspberries
- Using half the fresh lime, squeeze fresh juice over the compote and raspberries.
- If you like, serve small lime wedges around the compote.
- Serve with an assortment of crackers. Enjoy!