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Creamy Cheese Spread with Brandied Cranberries

Creamy Cheese Spread with Brandied Cranberries
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 30 min
  • Ingredients 8
  • Servings 12
Cranberries have just the right acidity to balance the richness of the three cheeses. The salty-sweet-sharp flavor combination is fantastic.
Updated March 4, 2005

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

Steps

  • 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.

  • MAKE-AHEAD TIP: Prepare cheese spread and cranberries. Cover each separately; refrigerate up to 24 hours. Serve as directed in recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
Calories
290
Calories from Fat
140
Total Fat
16g
25%
Saturated Fat
7g
35%
Cholesterol
25mg
8%
Sodium
430mg
18%
Total Carbohydrate
27g
9%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
7g
Protein
7g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
8%
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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