Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Here's a dip that works perfectly during the holiday season...a cranberry salsa paired with cream cheese and served on crackers.


Ingredients:

  • 1 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup juice (juice of 1 orange)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 small jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger root
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 2-8 oz. (250 gram) pkgs.cream cheese, softened
    Method:
    1. Combine sugar, orange juice and water in saucepan and bring to a boil.
    2. Add cranberries, jalapenos, orange zest, ginger and cilantro.
    3. Return to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for about 8 minutes or until cranberries burst.
    4. Cool to room temperature and then chill until ready to serve.
    5. Spread a layer of cream cheese on serving platter...and top with cranberry salsa.
    6. Sprinkle with additional chopped cilantro.
    7. Serve with a platter of crackers.
    Cranberry salsa can be prepared well ahead and stored in the fridge.