This cranberry cream cheese spread is full of fresh herb flavor with a bit of spice and some sweet cranberries. The balance is delicious and it is the perfect spread for crackers.
It’s holiday party season! And do you know what that means? Snacks!
Whether it is a starter while the turkey is roasting on Thanksgiving or something to nosh on during the Christmas parties ahead, this cranberry spread will be a nice change to the standard fare.
It has a really fresh flavor from the herbs and lime juice and just enough spice from the jalapeno to make it interesting. I don’t think it would be too hot to upset anyone’s pallet.
I put this out when Chloe and MiMi came to help set up for Kristie’s shower and Chloe LOVED it. When my husband and Little Dude came home, I got some out for them to snack on while I made a pizza for dinner.
We had the whole thing eaten between us by the end of the night! We all thought it was pretty darn tasty and a bit different than anything we had ever tried.
What do you guys have planned for Thanksgiving? We are going to my grandma’s house for the famous spread.
You should see the amount of food. I teased everyone with the description last year, but it was our year to do Thanksgiving with Matt’s family so I wasn’t able to get any pictures to corroborate my story. Maybe this year!
Usually we have two or three different kinds of dressing, a couple of different sweet potato preparations, at least two turkeys, plenty of gravy, two pans of green bean casserole, of course there are cranberries, rolls and usually brussel sprouts.
Then there are the mashed potatoes! There is always a debate on how much to make and we usually decide somewhere between 15 and 20 pounds should be enough.
Of course there has to be dessert too. At Thanksgiving 2 years ago there were no fewer than 7 pies, a cake and a tray of my cinnamon brown sugar cookies.
Of course our family is larger than most. My dad is one of six kids and so am I.
But, not everyone is able to come at once so we normally have somewhere in the 25-30 people range. We eat our fill, then wait a bit and fill again on dessert.
The next day my littlest brother and I always scheme and invite ourselves over for leftovers and games. So we generally don’t leave grandma and grandpa with too awfully many leftovers by the time it is all said and done.
If you like this sweet and savory spread, you are going to love my mini cranberry cheese balls as well. They are a great way to serve cheese balls at a party without holding up the buffet line!
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup (loosely packed) cilantro
- 1/4 cup green onions
- 1 jalapeno seeded and finely diced
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice
- salt and pepper
- Roughly chop the cranberries, cilantro and green onions.
- Mix together all ingredients.
- You can serve immediately, but it is good to cover it and refrigerate it for at least an hour to let all of the flavors come together.
- Serve with crackers or toasted bagel chips or baguette slices.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 85mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g
All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.