Nearly all year, I look forward to the delicious spread of appetizers that appear at my family’s holiday gathering. Some time ago, we started dressing up the Christmas table with all sorts of snacks to enjoy throughout the day of festivities. There are always cheese balls, one made with white cream cheese and rolled in dried (chipped) beef and one made with some sort of soft, orange cheese rolled in walnuts. Lil’ smokies and meatballs stay warm in crock pots placed strategically throughout the kitchen. And there are always plenty of cookies and other sweet creations to enjoy.
Among other dishes, my Aunt LuAnn can be counted on to bring sweet Hawaiian bread, creamy spinach dip, and homemade caramels. My Aunt Lynn brings a delicious, warm cheesy-salsa-sausage dip, and Mom makes the much relied upon Chex Mix. I myself usually mix a jar of salsa with a package of cream cheese, spread it in a pie pan, sprinkle shredded cheddar across the top, and call it a dip. I really enjoy these repeat stars, but I also like to try the new dishes people share.
A new dish I made for a friend’s holiday dinner last year was a Warm Harvest Cranberry Dip I first discovered in a Kraft Foods publication. The cream cheese, feta cheese, and cranberry sauce combine for a somewhat tart, but by no means overpowering, taste.
The dip is the perfect consistency to spread across a cracker without breaking it to pieces, and it is thick enough to coat a carrot stick or piece of broccoli without dripping it all over. Not only is this dip a nice way to add a new taste to the table, if you make it soon, it is also a great way to use up any cranberry sauce you may have lingering in the refrigerator after the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy!
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup Feta cheese
- ½ cup cranberry sauce
- ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted
- ½ cup sliced green onions
- Mix the cream cheese, feta cheese, cranberry sauce, almonds and green onions together and spread in a pie plate or other oven-safe dish.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.
- Serve warm with crackers and vegetables.