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Cranberry Cheese Spread

Homemade cranberry sauce, cream cheese and green onions. One of my favorite and simple appetizer for the holidays. Want some heat? Add diced jalapeños when cooking the cranberries.

I used cream cheese but goat cheese or brie is also awesome. You can make the cranberry sauce ahead of time and assemble before serving. This makes enough to top 2 cheeses so use half the ingredients if needed.

Cranberry Cheese Spread

12 oz bag (3 cups) of fresh cranberries, rinsed

1 Tablespoon orange zest

1 orange, juiced

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

pinch of salt

Cheese: cream cheese ( softened), goat cheese, goat/ cream cheese combo, or brie

Garnish: Green onions

Serving: crackers, baguette, apple/pear slices or vegetables

Directions In a saucepan, add cranberries, orange zest, orange juice, water, sugar, salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for about 5 minutes or until cranberries have burst open and sauce has thickened, stirring often. Set saucepan aside to cool or place in the refrigerator until ready to serve. ( Note: if you prefer a thinner sauce, add some more water).

To serve: Spread cream cheese on a serving platter or place goat cheese or brie on platter. Pour cranberry sauce over the cheese and top with green onions.

Serve with crackers, bread, apple/pear slices or vegetables.


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