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Festive Cranberry Cheese Spread

Festive Cranberry Cheese Spread is an easy appetizer to put together and elegant enough to serve at your next gathering. It’s perfect to make in a jiffy and easy to share.
A glass plate topped with a brick of cream cheese that\'s topped with a Cranberry Pistachio sauce. Crackers sit off to the side.

Sunday I celebrated Christmas with my two sisters and our families. My sister brought an appetizer that got my imagination running until I came up with this Festive Cranberry Cheese Spread.

When we were a bit younger, we set up a separate table for our children to eat. The children could act as goofy as they pleased, and the adults could hear themselves speak.

Our children are now grown with children of their own so we no longer have this division. Another thing that has changed is our appetites. We used to fill up on appetizers before our main meal. We may still have an appetizer or two, but not for senseless noshing. They have to be good.A glass plate topped with a brick of cream cheese that\'s topped with a Cranberry Pistachio sauce. Crackers sit off to the side. I can appreciate recipes that have amazing flavors with simple, non-complicated ingredients. This appetizer recipe is all that. It’s rich, warm from spices, and bright from cranberries and citrus. It tastes like freshness. Something we, in the cold midwest, appreciate when our fruits and veggies are long gone.

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Festive Cranberry Cheese Spread

Festive Cranberry Cheese Spread is an easy appetizer to put together in a jiffy. It’s elegant and casual so perfect for any gathering.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 8 servings
Author Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

  • 16 ounce can whole-berry cranberry sauce

  • 4 ounce can diced green chilies

  • 2 tbsp green onion slioced
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1-8 ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, combine cranberry sauce, chilis, green onion, lime juice, cayenne pepper and chili powder. Mix until well blended.
  • To serve, place cream cheese on a serving dish. Spoon cranberry mixture over cream cheese.
  • Serve with crackers.

Nutrition

Serving: 8g | Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 173IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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This appetizer is easy to put together, and elegant enough to serve at your next gathering. I hope you will try it. Everyone in my home, older and younger people did.

Another festive dip to make or take is Creamy Gorgonzola Cheese and Fig dip!

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This is so good! I could eat this nonstop!

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Thursday 11th of December 2014

Looks absolutely stunning! I love those flavours. Gorgeous photography too!

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Thursday 11th of December 2014

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