Thanksgiving Appetizers: Cranberry Cheese Spread

Thanksgiving recipes

This is a wonderful spread that you might want to add to your list of Thanksgiving appetizers. I usually make mine to resemble an ear of Indian corn, but you don’t have to go to this trouble if you don’t want to. Personally, I think it’s fun to create food art! Use this as a party food for any occasion!

Holle’s Cranberry Spread recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 8-ounce block cream cheese, softened
  • Yellow food coloring
  • ½ cup dried cranberries, chopped (plus more for decorating)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2/3 cup grated Colby or cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 romaine lettuce leaves

Directions: Combine cream cheese with a few drops yellow food coloring to get a deep yellow shade. Set aside.

Combine dried cranberries, green onion, and honey and heat in microwave to soften cranberries. Add cream cheese, grated cheese, sugar, pecans, garlic, salt, cayenne, and black pepper. Form into the shape of an ear of corn, placing lettuce leaves underneath to look like shucks.

Chill cheese spread until firm. Use a butter knife to make “kernels,” by scoring cheese spread. Add bits of dried cranberries to make red kernels. Serve with your favorite crackers.