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Cranberry Rosemary Cheese Spread

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Okay, if you’re as big cheese-lovers as we are, you definitely need this spread in your life, especially during the fall (but really, we want this stuff year-round). Filled with dried cranberries, apricots, and fresh rosemary, this goat cheese-based cheese spread is ridiculously addictive. Who needs crackers to eat cheese? Not us, apparently!

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But really, if you need an appetizer to bring to a holiday party, or if you’re having friends over and just feel like making things a little more festive, this recipe is a must. The fresh rosemary makes all the difference – we started with 1 tablespoon, but you could easily do 2, if you want to amp up the flavor – and the dried fruit adds just the right amount of bite, making each bite flavorful and delicious. Just be warned: you’ll need to make extra, since this stuff goes quick!

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Cranberry Cheese Spread

10 minutes to prepare serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon (2-3 sprigs) fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • ritz crackers, for serving
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Preparation

  1. In a large bowl or mixer, cream together cream cheese and goat cheese, then mix in honey, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  2. Fold in cranberries, apricots and rosemary, then refrigerate for 20 minutes, or until just chilled, but still soft.
  3. Serve with crackers or sliced baguette and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Yellow Bliss Road

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