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Cranberry Jicama Star Appetizers – Easy and Tasty

cranberry jicama appetizer

So you’re having a party, and you’d like to serve some fresh and healthy appetizers, but you’d rather make your kids do most of the work? Done! These cranberry jicama star appetizers are gluten-free and use only unprocessed ingredients. Even better, they just involve some quick prep work on your part. Then the kids can do the rest while you move on to other things.

relish prep

The bases of these stars are thin slices of (more on that in a moment) jicama from Melissa’s Produce. The topping is a simple cranberry relish adapted from our friends over at Simple Gourmet. We love it because you can make it in about two seconds and you can use it right away or set it aside for later and it will still taste delicious. And – who knew? – the taste combination of cranberry relish and jicama is bright, crisp, and refreshing.


To make the jicama slices for fun little appetizer, we used this cool food slicer from Zyliss. This slicer lets you slice odd-shaped vegetables without the hassle (or size restrictions) of putting them down the chute of your food processor. You can adjust the thickness or change them into super-thin matchstick slices if you like. ┬áThe red gripper has little “teeth” that hold on tightly to your vegetable so that you can just zip-zip-zip and have a perfect little set of slices in seconds.

So do your slicing, toss the slicer in your dishwasher, and your work is done. Let your kids do the rest of the work such as cutting the jicama stars and topping them with cranberry relish. Then go enjoy your party while everyone enjoys cranberry jicama stars.

cranberry jicama appetizer

Cranberry-Jicama Star Appetizers Recipe

Cranberry-Jicama Star Appetizers

An easy, kid-friendly appetizer of jicama cut into star shapes, topped with cranberry-jicama relish. Perfect for the holidays!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Jeanne Fratello


  • 8 oz. 1 cup whole fresh cranberries
  • 1 small tangerine seedless or with seeds removed, skin and all
  • 4 oz. 1 large handful basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 jicama peeled
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries


  1. In a food processor, combine the whole cranberries, tangerine, basil leaves, and honey until you have a chunky relish. (If you like, you can refrigerate the relish and keep it for up to two days before you're ready to use it.)
  2. Meanwhile cut the jicama into 1-centimeter slices. Using a cookie cutter, cut the slices into stars or other holiday shapes.
  3. Drop the relish by rounded spoonfuls onto the jicama stars. Top each one with a dried cranberry. Serve immediately, or chill until serving. Makes approximately 16 stars. Serves 8.

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Cranberry jicama stars appetizer

Cranberry-jicama stars appetizer

Blogger disclosure: We received the Zyliss food slicer for review purposes but did not receive for this post. All opinions expressed are those of Jolly Tomato.

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12 Responses to Cranberry Jicama Star Appetizers – Easy and Tasty

  1. Valentina November 28, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    love it — what a cute, healthy treat! (tree + lights in the background are so pretty, too)

    • Jeanne November 28, 2012 at 9:46 am #

      Thanks, Valentina! The tree is up wayyy early this year. ; )

  2. Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious November 28, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Yeah, you are making me feel like a slacker with your decorated tree! Love the jic stars!

  3. Jean Layton November 28, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    These are so pretty. I can imagine all sorts of shapes for a really fun holiday party, like trees and bells.
    Really need to find one of those slicers, that looks like an amazing tool.

    • Jeanne November 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

      Thank you so much! Yes, we have all sorts of ideas for future shapes. Just need to get our hands on some more jicama…

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