Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cranberry Salsa Over Cream Cheese

I know some bloggers feel they must create their own recipe in order to blog about it. I have a differing point of view. The internet has opened up so many great sources for recipes. I feel it is my job to sift thru the hundreds of recipes I scan each day and pick a few that I think would be winners. I guess I don't want to reinvent the wheel.
So I make many recipes, only the very best make it on my blog. Sometimes I alter a recipe to suit ingredients available or personal tastes. These changes are noted. I will always refer back to the original recipe and blogger.
It is with pleasure that I share a recipe I found on My Kitchen Cafe, a favorite blog at my house.

Mel's Cranberry Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip
                or Cranberry Salsa
12 ounces fresh cranberries
5 green onions
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (I used at least 1/2 cup, we love cilantro!)
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (I didn't measure, just juiced then entire lemon)
1/8 teaspoon salt
2  8 ounce packages softened cream cheese
Crackers or tortilla chips
Pulse cranberries in food processor until coarsely chopped. A Pampered Chef Chopped also works well for this task. Add green onions, cilantro, jalapeno, sugar, lemon juice and spices. Pulse till combined. Put mixture in a covered bowl and refrigerate for 4 hours or over night.
To serve spread softened cream cheese on a serving plate, cover with cranberry salsa. Serve with crackers, pita chips or tortilla chips.

This recipe has been served twice, both times with excellent reviews. It is perfect for your holiday buffet.
Candise had a friend over yesterday; Lindsey and her two cute boys spent the afternoon. The children played happily while the Mom's munched on this dip and sewed a darling banner. Something they saw on Pinterest I'm sure. Lindsey blogs at The R House, hopefully she will post a photo of the cute banner they made.

I'm grateful to have found another recipe to enjoy and share with those I love!


Lois Evensen said...

It looks wonderful. We like anything cranberry at this house. :)

Zoe said...

I would say that cranberry is a festive food. This is a great idea to bring in extra festive mood in dinner table.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I served our leftover cranberries from thanksgiving with some creamcheese and was tasty! I like the addition of the pepper and green onion. tasty!

Kayte said...

Looks great and so festive for this time of year. Stealing it, so thank you. Oh, and Merry Christmas to all of you. Hope your day is filled with good food, good times, good cheer, and goodness for every single thing! xo

KristaM said...

Just found your blog via SRC and love it! Your recipes look so yummy and I can't wait to try.

Stop by my blog sometime :)

Happy New Year!


Vicki V @ said...

This is so pretty and festive for the holiday! I'm with you on reinventing the wheel. I just like trying new recipes, but they don't have to be original to me! But like you, I tweak!