Creamy Cheese Spread with Brandied Cranberries

Cranberries have just the right acidity to balance the richness of the three cheeses. The salty-sweet-sharp flavor combination is fantastic.

  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 1 hr 30 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 12

Ingredients

1
(8-oz.) pkg. 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
1
oz. (1/4 cup) crumbled blue cheese
4
oz. (1 cup) shredded white Cheddar cheese
1
tablespoon chopped onion
1
cup fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
1/4
cup sugar
3
tablespoons frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
3
tablespoons brandy
  • 1 Line flat shallow 1 1/2-cup dish with plastic wrap. In food processor bowl with metal blade or mixer bowl, combine cream cheese, blue cheese, Cheddar cheese and onion; process until well blended. Spoon cheese mixture into lined dish; smooth top. Cover; refrigerate.
  • 2 In small saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar and apple juice concentrate. Cook over low heat until juices flow and cranberries pop, stirring frequently. Cook 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes. Stir in brandy. Cover; refrigerate 30 minutes or until cooled.
  • 3 About 30 minutes before serving time, remove cover from cheese; invert onto small serving plate. Remove plastic wrap. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes for best flavor. Before serving, spoon cranberry mixture over cheese. Serve with assorted crackers.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
    Calories
    290
    (
    Calories from Fat
    140),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    16g
    16%
    (Saturated Fat
    7g,
    7%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    25mg
    25%;
    Sodium
    430mg
    430%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    27g
    27%
    (Dietary Fiber
    1g
    1%
      Sugars
    7g
    7%
    ),
    Protein
    7g
    7%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    6%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    15%;
    Iron
    8%;
    Exchanges:
    1 Starch; 1 Fruit; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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