Sunday, November 01, 2015

Christmas Cranberry Dip #SundaySupper

A perfectly sweet and tart appetizer for easy holiday entertaining! This cranberry dip is wonderful finger food for family and friends while you enjoy each other's company.
Christmas Cranberry Dip | A perfectly sweet and tart appetzier for easy holiday entertaining #SundaySupper #holiday #cranberry #appetizer

This week's theme for #SundaySupper is Easy Holiday Entertaining and the event is hosted by Michelle of The Complete Savorist and Valerie of Lifestyle Food Artistry. When I heard the theme, my mind went to what I fixed last holiday season. Because I'm barely getting 1 or 2 posts done each "made" recipes are stacking up. And, to be honest, it's a little weird to post a Christmas recipe in the dead of summer. Right?

To me, the easiest recipes for the holiday to entertain a whole crowd are finger foods (appetizers). There's so much big feast fixing that sometimes you forget to eat breakfast...and lunch. It's nice to have something on hand to dig into with your hands!

So last year, I made a ton of appetizers for Christmas and New Year's. Cami loves appetizers and so we had to make sure to have some on hand for her. My mom-in-law made a cheese tray with pickles and olives and banana peppers. And I, of course, made the sweet appetizer. Cami also really loves cranberry sauce and we always make it special for her, so I decided to make her an appetizer with cranberries. This one is a pretty easy dish. You simply bake the cranberries with sugar, stir in the preserves, allow to cool, and mix in the cream cheese. If you are lucky enough to NOT have someone who would never touch this if he saw the unmixed cream cheese, *cough* Nick *cough*, then you can spread softened cream cheese on the bottom of your casserole dish or a pie dish and pour the cranberry mixture over the top and serve it that way.

It was perfectly sweet, perfectly tart, and super addictive. I could not stop eating it! The buttery crackers are a must. They definitely compliment the cranberry dip in a way that no other dipping food could!

What you need:
  • 12 oz. bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup apricot preserves (pineapple, if you can find it)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • Buttery crackers for serving
  1. In a small baking dish, stir together cranberries and sugar. Cover with foil and bake in a preheated 350* oven for 30 minutes.
  2. Check after 30 minutes to see if your cranberries have burst and released their juices. If so, they are good to go. If not, recover and bake for 5 minutes at a time until they have.
  3. Stir in the preserves until well combined and allow to cool to room temperature.
  4. Once at room temperature, stir in the cream cheese until well combined. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  5. Serve with buttery crackers!
Recipe adapted from Mostly Homemade Mom

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