Cranberries. For some, they’re a tangy treat. For others, a colorful garnish on the holiday table. But for me, the humble cranberry is something more profound, something deep and soul-stirring. The deep ruby color, the vibrant taste, the way they burst with flavor and tradition – it’s nothing short of a love affair.
This love goes beyond mere admiration; it’s a connection that’s been nurtured and cherished through the years. A connection that finds its most heartfelt expression in my absolute favorite holiday appetizer: Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip.
A Tradition of Taste
Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, my family gathers and laughter fills the air, one dish graces our table without fail – my Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip. It’s not just a dip; it’s a representation of my love for cranberries and the way I love to celebrate my family and the festive season.
Here’s the star recipe that’s become a must-have at our family’s holiday gatherings:
Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip
- 1 12oz package of cranberries
- 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 small jalapeno pepper
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 8oz packages of cream cheese
- Chop the cranberries in a food processor, mini chopper, or blender
- Chop the green onion, cilantro, and jalapeno pepper into small pieces
- Mix these ingredients along with sugar and lemon juice in a bowl
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours
- Spread the bricks of cream cheese as evenly as possible onto a serving dish
- Pour the cranberry mixture onto the cream cheese
- Serve with Wheat Thins or other crackers
A Flavor That Unites
This Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip is more than just a delightful combination of flavors. It’s a symbol of unity, of joy, and of a shared experience. It’s my way of infusing the holidays with a taste that’s as unique and wonderful as the people I share it with.
The love I have for cranberries runs deep, so deep that it finds expression in this cherished recipe. And the joy it brings to those I love? That’s the real taste of the season.
So this holiday season, I invite you to try this delectable dish. May it become a beloved tradition in your home too!