Strawberry Jalapeño Wreath pm a wooden serving board with strawberries, jalapeños and sage leaves as garnish. There is a floral tea towel in the background and a small container of honey on the corner of the serving board.

Strawberry, Jalapeño and Goat Cheese Wreath Appetizer

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I love creating wreath appetizers because they are so pretty and look a lot more complicated than they actually are. If you bring one of these to any gathering, it’s sure to be a hit! For an unexpected flavor combination that’s perfect for summer, I combined the sweetness of strawberries with spicy jalapeños. I wasn’t sure how this one would be received, but I’ve gotten lots of requests for the recipe, so here it is!

Strawberry Jalapeño Wreath pm a wooden serving board with strawberries, jalapeños and sage leaves as garnish. There is a floral tea towel in the background and a small container of honey on the corner of the serving board.
Strawberry Jalapeño Wreath Appetizer

You want to serve this one right away after baking! The flavors are really best when the goat cheese is still hot. If you need to reheat this, it’s super easy. Just place into the oven at 350 degrees F and bake for about 10 minutes until the wreath is hot again.

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If you love this one, check out some of my other wreath appetizer recipes:

Pear, Bacon and Brie Wreath

Brie, Cranberry and Toasted Hazelnut Wreath

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Wreath

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Strawberry, Jalapeño and Goat Cheese Wreath Appetizer

Recipe by Sarah
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Course: AppetizersCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

10

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Calories

236

kcal
Total time

50

minutes

An unexpected flavor combination that’s perfect for any summer gathering! You’re going to love this sweet and spicy combination with creamy goat cheese and crunchy walnuts.

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Ingredients

  • Strawberry Jalapeño Jam:
  • 2 c fresh strawberries, chopped

  • 1 small jalapeño, diced (see notes)

  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar

  • 1 tsp lemon zest

  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

  • Wreath:
  • 2 tubes crescent roll dough

  • 5 oz goat cheese, sliced (see notes)

  • 3/4 c fresh strawberries, sliced

  • 1/4 c sliced jalapeños

  • 1/4 c chopped walnuts, toasted (divided)

  • 1 egg beaten, for egg wash

  • 1 pinch flaky salt

  • 1 tbsp honey

Directions

  • Start by making the strawberry jalapeño jam. Add the chopped strawberries, diced jalapeños, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice to a pot. Place over medium heat until the mixture starts to bubble, stirring frequently. Once you start to see big bubbles, turn the heat down to medium low and allow the pot to simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently and using the back of your spoon to mash the strawberries. Add some freshly ground pepper to taste.Strawberry jalapeño jam in a Hexclad pot.
  • While the jam is simmering, toast the walnuts. Heat a small sauté pan over medium heat and add the chopped walnuts to the dry pan. Stir them or shake the pan every now and then so that they don’t burn. Once the nuts are fragrant and have browned, remove from heat and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, set a rack in the center and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a small bowl in the center of the baking sheet. This will be what you place the crescent roll dough around to create the circle shape.A small orange bowl in the center of a rimmed baking sheet lined with brown parchment paper.
  • Lay the crescent roll dough out around the bowl. Each tube of crescent roll has 8 triangles in it. I like to start at the top and work my way to the bottom with the first tube of dough and then complete the circle with the second tube of dough.Crescent roll dough placed around a bowl in the center of a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Press gently on the dough where the edges meet to create a seal.Crescent roll dough placed around a bowl in the center of a rimmed baking sheet. The dough has been pressed together to form a seal at the bottom.
  • Add the strawberry jalapeño jam. I added about 1/2 c of jam. Building the strawberry jalapeño wreath appetizer: crescent roll dough at the bottom and the strawberry jalapeño jam has been added.
  • Add the sliced goat cheese.Building the strawberry jalapeño wreath appetizer: crescent roll dough at the bottom and the strawberry jalapeño jam and goat cheese have been added.
  • Add the sliced strawberries.Building the strawberry jalapeño wreath appetizer: crescent roll dough at the bottom and the strawberry jalapeño jam, goat cheese, and sliced strawberries have been added.
  • Add the sliced jalapeños.Building the strawberry jalapeño wreath appetizer: crescent roll dough at the bottom and the strawberry jalapeño jam, goat cheese, sliced strawberries and jalapeños have been added.
  • Add the toasted chopped walnuts. I reserve some to sprinkle over the top of the wreath after baking. So if you’ve measured out 1/4 cup, use about 2/3 of that here and save the rest for after.Building the strawberry jalapeño wreath appetizer: crescent roll dough at the bottom and the strawberry jalapeño jam, goat cheese, sliced strawberries, sliced jalapeños, and toasted walnuts have been added.
  • To remove the bowl, I use one finger and gently get it under the bowl, then lift it carefully out. Once the bowl is out, take all of the pointed ends of the crescent roll dough, pull them into the center, and press them under the dough to seal it.Strawberry Jalapeño Wreath before baking.
  • Brush lightly with egg wash and sprinkle with a little bit of flaky salt.Strawberry Jalapeño Wreath before baking. It has been brushed with egg wash and sprinkled with flaky salt.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 mins. I like to turn the baking sheet at about 15 mins to help it bake evenly. It will be golden brown when done. Strawberry Jalapeño Wreath Appetizer, fresh out of the oven and on a wooden serving tray.
  • Drizzle the wreath with honey and sprinkle the reserved walnuts over the top. Serve warm! Store leftovers in the fridge. The leftovers reheat really well.Strawberry Jalapeño Wreath Appetizer that has been drizzled with honey and sprinkled with toasted walnuts, on a wooden serving board.Strawberry Jalapeño Wreath pm a wooden serving board with strawberries, jalapeños and sage leaves as garnish. There is a floral tea towel in the background and a small container of honey on the corner of the serving board.

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Notes

  • The amount of seeds that you leave in the jalapeños will determine how spicy your wreath will be. When making the jam, it’s up to you to decide if you want to leave some, all, or none of the seeds. I removed the seeds from the strawberry jalapeño jam, but left the seeds in the sliced jalapeños that I added to the wreath with the fresh strawberry slices.
  • I find that putting the goat cheese into the freezer for about 20 mins before slicing helps it to stay together better when I slice it. I had an 8 oz. package of goat cheese and used a little over half of it.

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