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Small Bites #12 - Cranberries


To get us into the Holiday mood, jgk of Keep Your Feet in the Street chose cranberries as this week's ingredient.

I found this recipe on Ocean Spray's website. Lots of recipes to choose from there, of course.

Cranberry Caramelized Onion Cheese Spread


1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 4-ounce package crumbled blue cheese, room temperature
1 cup (4 ounces) finely shredded Cheddar cheese, room temperature
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 medium sweet onion, sliced, quartered
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup Ocean Spray® Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts


Combine cream cheese and blue cheese in a medium mixing bowl; beat with electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add Cheddar cheese; beat until well blended. Spread in shallow serving bowl. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir 2 to 4 minutes or until tender. Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in 1 teaspoon sugar. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until onion is soft and golden, stirring occasionally. Remove onion from skillet; set aside,

In same skillet, combine cranberries, remaining sugar and water. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes or until cranberries pop and mixture thickens, stirring occasionally. Stir in vinegar and onions. Cool slightly.

To serve, bring cheese spread to room temperature. Spoon cranberry mixture over cheese spread; sprinkle with walnuts. Serve with assorted crackers.

Makes 24 servings

This was so easy to make, and it was delicious! I will definitely make it again during the Holiday season.


Comments (7)

Nancy, love this recipe. Thanks for posting it. In fact, I'm making it right now!

Yum! Looks easy, delicious and very Holiday-ish.

That sounds so good. Great choice.


It looks delicious. I want to try it for the holidays. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

I am definitely going to make this over the holidays. I love cheese balls and the flavors of this one sound fantastic.

Yay for being able to blog again! I hope that you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

What a great combaination of flavours. We'll have to try this out over the holidays.


Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Nancy, this looks so delicious. I love cream cheese and all the ingredients in your recipe. I will definitely make it for the holidays. Thanks so much for sharing. Wishing you and your family a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving Holidays!

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