Spicy Strawberry Balsamic Jam & Spring Cheese Board!

This post is sponsored by Castello Cheese. All opinions are my own.

Spicy Strawberry Balsamic Jam + how to make a great looking (& tasting!) Spring Cheese Board!

How to Make Spring Cheese Board

What do you guys think about cheese boards? Fun right? I think they are so much fun! You don’t have to do much but the possibilities are endless. One can add so much to them depending on the occasion, weather and the best part is they look great with minimal effort. Cheese boards are so good for entertaining – variety of flavors, delicious cheese, fruits, there’s something for everyone. To celebrate spring, today I am sharing with you guys how to make a Spring Cheese Board.

When I think of spring, I think of colors and that’s what you can see in my spring inspired cheese board. It sure is colorful!

Spring Cheese Board

 

Spring Cheese Board with Spicy Strawberry Balsamic Jam-1

So let’s see what all you need to make a Spring Inspired Cheese Board.

Cheese: like duh! Obviously what’s a cheese board without some good cheese! Use a variety of cheese with different textures in your cheese board. For my spring cheese board, I used  Castello Havarti Cheese and Castello Blue Cheese. Castello has always been my favorite since it offers a variety of creatively crafted cheeses. Their cheeses are deliciously balanced and come together to create a gourmet cheese board.

Fruits & Vegetable: Since it’s spring, think of adding lots of colors to your cheese board using fresh fruits and vegetable. I used strawberries, green grapes, black grapes and watermelon radish. You can use other spring fruits and veggies too like oranges, apples etc.

Condiments: My favorite part! For this cheese board, I made Spicy Strawberry Balsamic Jam (recipe below) and my favorite Cilantro Mint Chutney. Strawberries and balsamic pair great together in this jam which is spiced with some red chili flakes and black pepper. It goes so well the cheese! And of course I believe my cilantro mint chutney goes well with everything. These condiments also add a lot of color to the cheese board and make it look perfect for spring!

Spicy Satrwberry Balsamic Jam

 

Spring Cheese Board With Castello

Nuts & Crackers: I like to add assorted nuts to my cheese board for texture. You can use any nuts of your choice here. Add different types of crackers and breads. There should be something for everyone!

And last but not the least, get creative, add lots of colors and have fun. You see how my jam and chutney not only add lot of flavor to the cheese board but also make it look really colorful. A colorful cheese board during spring is sure to catch attention!

And now for some exciting news! Castello is hosting a sweepstakes as part of the Cheese Board Challenge campaign. You guys, this is your chance to win a trip for two a winery in Napa, California! How exciting right? Enter HERE. Good luck!



 

Method

To a pan add strawberries and granulated white sugar. Keep them like this for 10-15 minutes with the heat switched off.

After 15 minutes, the berries would have released some of their juices. Now switch on the heat to medium.

Keep stirring as the sugar melts. After 5 minutes, most of the sugar would have melted.

Spicy Strawberry Balsamic Jam-Recipe-Step-1

Add cinnamon stick, cinnamon powder and keep stirring every now and then.

The mixture will come to a boil around 10 minutes.

Stir as it continues to thicken. It will start getting thick after 15 minutes of cooking.

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At this point, add balsamic vinegar.

Mix till well combined and cook the jam for additional 5-10 minutes or till desired consistency is reached. Keep in mind that the jam will continue to thicken as it cools down so do not wait for it to get extra thick.

Remove pan from heat, stir in black pepper powder and red chili flakes. Mix till well combined.

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Allow the spicy strawberry balsamic jam to cool down, then transfer to a jar and store in the refrigerator.

Spring Cheese Board with Spicy Strawberry Balsamic Jam

Looking for more fun things to add to your cheese board? Try this Spicy Carrot Chutney!

 

Spicy Strawberry Balsamic Jam

Spicy Strawberry Balsamic Jam is super easy to make + how to make a perfect cheese board for spring!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 1 cups
Calories: 1429 kcal
Author: Manali
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds strawberries, hulled and chopped [around 3.5 cups chopped strawberries]
  • 1.5 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 2.5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes

Instructions

  1. To a pan add strawberries and granulated white sugar. Keep them like this for 10-15 minutes with the heat switched off.
  2. After 15 minutes, the berries would have released some of their juices. Now switch on the heat to medium.
  3. Keep stirring as the sugar melts. After 5 minutes, most of the sugar would have melted.
  4. Add cinnamon stick, cinnamon powder and keep stirring every now and then.
  5. The mixture will come to a boil around 10 minutes.
  6. Stir as it continues to thicken. It will start getting thick after 15 minutes of cooking. At this point, add balsamic vinegar.
  7. Mix till well combined and cook the jam for additional 5-10 minutes or till desired consistency is reached. Keep in mind that the jam will continue to thicken as it cools down so do not wait for it to get extra thick.
  8. Remove pan from heat, stir in black pepper powder and red chili flakes. Mix till well combined.
  9. Allow the jam to cool down, then transfer to a jar and store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Strawberry Balsamic Jam
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1429 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 36mg2%
Potassium 1085mg31%
Carbohydrates 363g121%
Fiber 16g67%
Sugar 338g376%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 380IU8%
Vitamin C 400mg485%
Calcium 155mg16%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Spicy Strawberry Balsamic Jam

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35 thoughts on “Spicy Strawberry Balsamic Jam & Spring Cheese Board!

  1. That cheeseboard is nothing short of amazing, Manali! I love all kinds of cheeses, and I totally want to just pick this cheeseboard up and walk away quietly. You can find me sitting in a corner eating the whole thing. šŸ™‚

  2. What a gorgeous cheese board, Manali! I love the idea of having the fresh flavor of the strawberry balsamic jam to go with the cheese and crackers! I have all those ingredients so I think I need to make that jam just to eat with a spoon! Sounds so yummy!

  3. I agree, Castello does make the best cheese. This cheese board is stunning, Manali! I love love love that spicy strawberry balsamic jam! I am drooling and can imagine how delicious it tastes! Totally making this cheese board for Friday Appetizer Night! Pinned! Cheers, dear!

  4. Cheese boards might just be my favorite thing in the whole world with all the different textures, flavors, and naturally cheese! Your jam is just beautiful as is the whole board. Beautiful presentation!

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