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Cheese Trio with Homemade Pepper Jelly

RECIPE BY David Reamer

Serves 4 | Lacto-Vegetarian, Gluten Free Option
Active TIME  about 45-50 minutes
Start this recipe  the day before you want to serve it
Equipment  food processor, gloves, canning jars or other glass containers

Cheese plate and bottle of rosé

Behind the Pairing

FOR: White and red wine lovers

IDEAL SCENARIO: Lazy afternoons on the porch

WHY IT WORKS: Rosé’s acidity complements the creaminess of the cheese and sweetness of the pepper jelly

One of the most satisfying things about a juicy rosé is its ability to pair with just about anything. Its bursting red fruit flavors and crunchy minerality will please nearly every palate too. We’ve selected three cheeses you can easily find at any market with a decent cheese counter. A sweet and tangy pepper jelly complements both the featured cheeses and the rosé’s dazzling acidity.



Peach & Habanero Jelly

  • 4 C peaches peeled and crushed (fresh or canned)
  • 1/2 C habanero peppers, seeded and minced (about 15 peppers)
  • 1/2 C red jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced (about 2 peppers)
  • 1 C unsweetened white grape juice
  • 1/2 C lemon juice
  • 1 T turmeric
  • 1 3/4 oz Ball fruit jell pectin
  • 3 1/2 C cane sugar


  • Sheep: “1605” Manchego from Spain
  • Goat: Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog from California
  • Cow: Jacobs & Brichford “Ameribella” from Indiana


  • Honey
  • Crostini (sub gluten free baguette or crackers, if desired)
  • Olives
  • Fig & Balsamic Jam
  • Peach & Habanero Jelly


For the jelly

  1. Peel, chop, and crush peaches.
  2. Pulse several times in a food processor to a chunky consistency.
  3. Wearing gloves (seriously!!) split the habaneros. Remove the seeds and pith. Do the same with the red jalapeños.
  4. Mince all peppers.
  5. Over medium heat, add crushed peaches and minced peppers to an 8 quart non-reactive pot
  6. Add the white grape juice, lemon juice, and turmeric
  7. Gradually stir in pectin. Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly. Add the sugar and continue to stir at a boil for 2 minutes. Turn off heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
  8. Carefully pour hot jam into a glass container and cool in the refrigerator. Seal well and keep for up to 1 month.

For the cheese plate

  1. Arrange cheeses on a platter or cutting board.
  2. Place accoutrements in small individual bowls, or directly on serving tray.
  3. Enjoy!

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