I think cranberries are so pretty, I've always thought it was a shame that you can't eat them right out of a bowl like grapes! ;) But, simmer them down with just a few festive ingredients, and they're good to go!
This Orange Cinnamon Cranberry Dip takes minutes to make and you have an instant appetizer that tastes just like Christmas! Watching cranberries "pop" in a pan on the stove is actually really fun too. :) The cranberries, orange and cinnamon make the perfect combination for holiday festivities!
You will need:
1 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries
1 1/2 cups sugar
Juice of 1 orange
1/2-1 tsp orange zest
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
Dash of nutmeg
1 8 oz pkg cream cheese
Crackers of choice
1. In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, orange, zest, and spices. Cut the orange and half and squeeze the juice out of each half with a citrus squeezer into the pan.
2. Simmer on medium heat stirring often until all cranberries are cooked and sugar is dissolved. About 15 min. The cranberries will pop as they cook. Using a wooden spoon, gently squash them slightly a couple times while cooking. The goal is not to mash them but just help the juice out.
3. Mixture will bubble. Turn off heat and stir. Allow to cool a few minutes or until no longer bubbling.
4. Place a block of cold cream cheese onto a platter. Pour the cranberry mixture while still warm on top of the cream cheese. Serve with crackers immediately.