Cranberry Salsa with Cream Cheese

This Fresh Cranberry Salsa with cream cheese is a spicy and sweet combo that is always a hit at parties. 

Fresh Cranberry Salsa served over cream cheese - this spicy and sweet combo is always a hit at parties. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

I find that there are two types of Thanksgiving meal eaters out there. There are those that stay away from appetizers – saving themselves for the main meal, and those who have already thrown in the towel for the day and are looking to prime the pump. I’m the latter. In the day that is all about eating and giving gratitude, why not eat the day to its fullest. Usually my go-to appetizer are these Stuffed Mushrooms, but when the oven is prime real estate (I only have one oven) a no-bake appetizer like this Cranberry Salsa is a winner. Not to mention it begs to be made ahead of time, enchancing its flavors with time. This is totally not a recipe I normally go for but the combo of sweet, tart, and spicy is really addicting. I’m sure everyone has a version of this recipe but this is how I like it!Fresh Cranberry Salsa served over cream cheese - this spicy and sweet combo is always a hit at parties. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Fresh cranberries are gorgeous this time of year.Fresh Cranberry Salsa served over cream cheese - this spicy and sweet combo is always a hit at parties. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

I left the seeds in my jalapeno for a little more heat. If you really like it spicy add two jalapenos. The cilantro and green onions are hiding underneath the cranberries but they’re in there.
Fresh Cranberry Salsa served over cream cheese - this spicy and sweet combo is always a hit at parties. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

This is what it looks like right after you process it. You need to let it chill in the fridge for a couple of hours to let the sugar work its magic on the cranberries.Fresh Cranberry Salsa served over cream cheese - this spicy and sweet combo is always a hit at parties. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comA couple hours later – voila!Fresh Cranberry Salsa served over cream cheese - this spicy and sweet combo is always a hit at parties. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comI love Ritz crackers with this but they aren’t strong enough to dip with so use a spreader. Triscuits and Wheat Thins are also good here. Some people like to spread the cream cheese on a serving dish and spread the salsa on top. I’m lazy and I really just prefer it spooned on top of a block of cream cheese.
Fresh Cranberry Salsa served over cream cheese - this spicy and sweet combo is always a hit at parties. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

I mean how festive does that look?

 

5 from 2 votes
Fresh Cranberry Salsa served over cream cheese - this spicy and sweet combo is always a hit at parties. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com
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Cranberry Salsa with Cream Cheese
Servings: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (add more to taste)
  • 1 jalapeno , seeded and chopped coarsely (leave the seeds in if you like it spicy)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 4 green onions
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 (8 ounce) blocks of cream cheese
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor (EXCEPT CREAM CHEESE) and pulse until desired consistency. I like mine fairly fine. Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours (preferably overnight) to allow the salsa to macerate. Serve over cream cheese and with crackers.
Recipe Notes
This makes enough to cover two blocks of cream cheese. Some people prefer to spread the cream cheese on a serving dish with the salsa on top. I prefer to just pour it on top of a block of cream cheese.

Depending on how tart your cranberries are you may want to add more sugar. This last batch I added a total of 1 cup of sugar.

Wheat thins are triscuits are great for serving with this because they are sturdy and won't break. I love it with Ritz crackers but they are too soft and will break with dipping. If you want to use them just make sure you have a spreader with the salsa.

As with all salsa, the quantities are approximate and you can adjust to your own preferences.

I have kept this in the fridge for up to 10 days and it was still good! I'm not a food safety expert but it does last for a while.

Source: adapted from Allrecipes

Fresh Cranberry Salsa served over cream cheese - this spicy and sweet combo is always a hit at parties. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

 

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  1. Very colorful and original. I like it!

  2. This looks amazing! I wish I was snacking on this right now!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  3. Do you think this would work with a baked Brie?

  4. Someone made this for a holiday party and I ended up standing there right by it. I couldn’t stop eating it! (Now I’m wondering if anyone else even got to try it?? :o) I didn’t get the recipe and it’s been a couple of years so I’d completely forgotten about it. I’m so excited to have the recipe!

  5. How much ahead of time can you make this? I’m thinking of making it for gifts for Christmas

  6. I am planning to make this for a Thanksgiving app.. how far ahead do you think I can make it?

  7. I’m wondering how long this would last in the fridge, too! I made this yesterday and served half to company, and we all loved it!! Wondering if the other half would last until Thanksgiving festivities begin on Wednesday!

  8. Looks relish! I’m hoping to jar some of this for holiday hostess gifts – what’s the shelf life?

  9. This looks great ! So you don’t cook the cranberries?

  10. Karen Harrison says:

    I made this morning, and we had it for appetizers. For the amount of work involved, I thought it was mediocre. I followed the recipe exactly. I’m not trying to be hateful because your recipes have never let me down, but this was one I won’t make again.

  11. Gloria Katzman says:

    I think you met to say “Place all of the ingredients EXCEPT THE CREAM CHEESE in a food processor”.

  12. Hannah MacDonald says:

    Has any one tried this with FROZEN cranberries? I really want to try and make this but don’t want to wait until it is cranberry season!

  13. Wow, really, I can’t get over that delicious taste! So simple and yet – sooo great. Thanks for this…

  14. What a marvelous idea for outdoor activities ! My son will love it! Amazing post!
    Thanks Christy

  15. I want to try this at my daughter’s Christmas time wedding. How long should the cream cheese sit out to be easily spread?