December 3, 2012

Sweet & Spicy Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Ok everybody, I am not messing around when I say this was a hit at our Thanksgiving dinner this year.

It is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy and addictiveness that you need at your upcoming holiday party.

The bright red and green colors are perfectly festive for Christmas as well.
All I have to say is that this is the best dip I have ever tried and no one will stop at just one bite.

Sweet & Spicy Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip
Slightly Adapted from Let’s Dish
1 (12 oz.) package fresh cranberries
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 tsp. cumin
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
Dash of salt
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
Crackers (1 large box of Wheat Thins or Ritz work great)

1. Pulse cranberries, cilantro and jalapeno in a blender or food processor until finely chopped. (You may have to divide the ingredients and blend in a few different batches so you don’t overwork your blender.)
2. In a medium bowl, combine the cranberry mixture, sugar, cumin, lemon juice and salt. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. 
3. When ready to serve, spread cream cheese in an even layer on a plate or platter. Spread cranberry mixture evenly over the cream cheese. Serve with crackers for dipping.

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