It is rapidly becoming party season. There are Halloween parties followed by Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving parties, Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve parties. It’s boom-boom,boom-boom! So I thought I would share some party food ammunition with you. This Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip, a no-brainer holiday appetizer, is easily accessible. It will be eaten at any party you attend.
Below are a few variations of this theme. You can choose your favorite and make it yours!
WHAT’S IN CRANBERRY CREAM CHEESE DIP?
It’s so easy. It’s so easy. It’s as easy as cream cheese, homemade Cranberry Sauce (cranberries and sugar, water, salt) and green onions. I beg you not to skip the green onions. The dip is complete with the savory onion flavor!
WHAT TO SERVE WITH CRANBERRY CREAM CHEESE DIP
This simple dish is irresistible because it has the perfect combination of sweet, salty, tart, and savory! This Cranberry Cream Cheese dip is both sweet and savory, so it goes well with sweet apple slices and salty crackers. You might add some slices of sharp cheddar to the platter to create a little stack with crackers, apple, cheddar, and Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip.
HOW CAN I MAKE IT GO RIGHT?
Absolutely! You can make the cranberry sauce up to two days in advance. You can just put the dip together before you go to the party.
Can I use canned Cranberry Sauce?
Technically, yes. However, canned sauces tend to be blander and can sometimes taste metallic. It takes only ten minutes to make homemade cranberry sauce. I recommend making it fresh for the best results.
VARIATIONS ON THIS THEME
This Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip comes in many flavors, as I mentioned in the introduction. These are my top picks:
- Add jalapeno (pictured below) to make it a mix between pepper jelly or cranberry sauce; add jalapeno (pictured below).
- You can make a classic Cranberry Sauce with or without orange. Add crushed pecans and walnuts to the top.
- Use a different cheese. This dip can be made with cream cheese, but you also have the option to use chevre (goat) cheese or baked brie.
CRANBERRY CREAM DIP CHEESE
A simple, delicious appetizer rich in cream cheese, homemade cranberry sauce and savory green onion makes it perfect for holiday parties!
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
- 6 oz. fresh cranberries ($1.25)
- 1/4 cup sugar ($0.08)
- 1/2 cup water (0.00)
- 1 jalapeno (optional) ($0.15)
- 1/8 tsp salt ($0.02)
- 8 oz. cream cheese ($0.79)
- 3 sliced green onions ($0.33)
- 1 box crackers (for sharing) (2.95
- 1 apple (for consumption) ($0.33)
- Rinse the cranberries and then add them to the small sauce pot with sugar, water, salt, and water.
- Cut the stem in half lengthwise if you use a jalapeno for garnish. Next, scrape the seeds out (or leave them in if it is extra spicy), and then dice the pepper. The diced pepper should be added to the sauce pot.
- Mix the ingredients in the pot and cover it with a lid. Place the pot on medium heat. Let the pot heat up to boiling. After it has boiled, give it another stir and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Let it simmer for 5 minutes without covering.
- After 5 minutes of simmering, the cranberries will have burst open and formed a thick sauce. The heat should be turned off. Once the sauce has cooled, transfer it to the fridge.
- The cream cheese should be placed on a small plate or in a shallow bowl. Use the back of a spoon to create an indentation on the middle of the cream cheese block.
- Spread the cool cranberry sauce on top of the cream cheese. Top with the sliced green onions. Serve with apple slices and crackers.
Serving Size: 1 Serving Calories : 155.61 Kilocalories: 10.98 G Protein: 2.04 G Fat: 10.03g Sodium: 13.83 mg Fiber: 1.58g