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Your holiday guests will love this Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip with Bitter Orange. And you’ll love how easy it is! Serve this make-ahead holiday appetizer alongside pretzels or crackers.
Thank you to Hero Fruit Spreads for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are mine.
The holidays are quickly approaching..and creating this recipe got me ready for all things holiday entertaining! Our family loves to make things special during the holidays for family and friends. Whether it is decorating (the kids are already asking for the Christmas tree!), gift exchanges or holiday get-togethers, this easy Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip with Bitter Orange always adds a festive flair to the dinner table.
The easy cranberry sauce that tops the cream cheese uses Hero Bitter Orange Premium Fruit Spread as a key ingredient to add a unique, tangy flavor. Hero Fruit Spreads is a leading European brand that got its start in the Swiss Village of Lenzburg, in 1886, becoming the gold standard in premium fruit spreads, preferred by professional chefs and discerning consumers world-wide for its exceptional fruit quality, texture and variety. In fact, Hero’s variety is unmatched with flavors such as Red Currant, Black Cherry and Bitter Orange. Don’t forget the traditional flavors of Raspberry, Strawberry and Blackberry too!
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This recipe is a great make-ahead appetizer. It’s important to plan ahead because the sauce will taste the best if it is given time for the flavors to blend together in the refrigerator overnight.
You can even make the sauce several days in advance. It will keep in the refrigerator just fine, and you’ll keep extra dishes out of your kitchen on Thanksgiving morning or on the day of your holiday party.
We call for frozen cranberries in this recipe. Can you use fresh? Yes! Cranberries freeze really well. There won’t be any difference in flavor whichever you use. We choose frozen just because they are easy to keep on hand and pull out exactly when you need them.
As you can see in the image above, this recipe makes just over 2 cups of the cranberry orange sauce. It’s the perfect amount of sauce for 2 blocks (or 16 ounces) of cream cheese.
We served the two blocks on the same platter because we were serving it for quite a few people. If you’d like, you can use just half of the amount of sauce over 1 block of cream cheese and save the rest for later. If you are like our family, there are sometimes several family and friend parties over the Thanksgiving weekend. Create the recipe once and serve it up twice!
*Tip: This sauce will get a little “juicy” as it sits out at room temperature. Only prepare a plate for as much as you think you’ll use at one time. Trust me…the leftovers are just as good, but it won’t have quite the pretty presentation after the sauce sits on the cream cheese for a few hours.*
So what do you dip in this Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip with Bitter Orange? We love to choose something salty. Our favorite is butter crackers or pretzels. You can use something sweeter if you’d like such as graham crackers, vanilla wafers or shortbread.
This is also fantastic with small slices of crusty bread.
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