Whipped Cranberry Dip with Feta and Cream cheese, a super delicious and fluffy appetizer dip with the fall and winter flavors of fresh cranberries. Topped with chopped walnuts, this dip is served with wheat or nutty crackers and does well with pretzels as Ritz as well.
1cuporange juicesubstitutes include other sweeter juices like Welches Grape or Blackberry juice.
Feta Cheese Dip
4oz.cream cheeseroom temperature softened
Cranberry Sauce Topping
Add a bag of fresh cranberries, white sugar, and juice to a large saucepan and whisk together. Know that cranberries and liquid will expand in the pot, so it's best to have a deep pot to ensure nothing overboils. If you prefer a sweeter topping, please see notes on this recipe OR check the original recipe for the instruction on alterations.
Heat cranberry sauce over medium-high, stirring occasionally. After 5 minutes on the stove, the cranberries will begin to sizzle and make noise as they pop and boil. Once the cranberries start to boil, reduce heat to medium-low.
Continue to cook cranberries and stir for an additional 5-7 minutes or until most or all of the berries are popped open. Stir occasionally while in the pot. Turn off heat.
As the mixture cools, the sauce will naturally begin to thicken. Let the sauce continue to cool down while moving on to the next stage of the recipe.
Whipped Feta Dip
Break up a block of feta cheese and add it to a food processor with softened and cubed cream cheese.
Add water, honey, and lemon zest and blend the cheese mixture until smooth and thick.
Using a spatula or a knife, add feta cheese mixture onto a serving platter and spoon cranberry sauce over top. Sprinkle on chopped walnuts.
Serve dip immediately with crackers, or refrigerate, covered well with plastic wrap until ready to serve.
Servings: Approximately 2 cups of dip total in this recipe.
Alternate Sweeter Cranberry Topping
Cranberries and cranberry sauce can often be too tart for some people. If you are someone that loves cranberries, but only when they are sweet, instead of making the cranberry sauce topping with orange juice, combine cranberries, apricot preserves, sugar, and water as a topping.
1 package, 12 oz. FRESH cranberries
1 cup white sugar
1 cup apricot preserves or jam
1/2 cup water
1. Add cranberries, sugar, preserves, and water to a large saucepan.2. Heat saucepan over medium-high heat until boiling.3. Mixture will begin to bubble and get frothy as it heats and you may hear the cranberries sizzling and pop.4. Continue to boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly until berries are popped open and the mixture begins to darken.5. Let set to cool from stove and then refrigerate or leave at room temperature until cooled. Use for topping.Note on nutrition: This dip is automatically calculated and you should rely on your own apps to find values if they are important.