Cranberry-Caramelized Onion Cheese Spread
A sweet and savory mixture of cranberries and caramelized onions, with a garnish of chopped walnuts, top a seasoned cream cheese spread.
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (4-ounce) package crumbled blue cheese, room temperature
1 cup (4-ounces) finely shredded Cheddar, room temperature
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 medium sweet onion, sliced and quartered
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 cup Ocean Spray® Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- Combine cream cheese and blue cheese in a medium mixing bowl; beat with electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add Cheddar cheese; beat until well blended. Spread in shallow serving bowl. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir 2 to 4 minutes or until tender. Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in 1 teaspoon sugar. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until onion is soft and golden, stirring occasionally. Remove onion from skillet; set aside,
- In same skillet, combine cranberries, remaining sugar and water. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes or until cranberries pop and mixture thickens, stirring occasionally. Stir in vinegar and onions. Cool slightly.
- To serve, bring cheese spread to room temperature. Spoon cranberry mixture over cheese spread; sprinkle with walnuts. Serve with assorted crackers.
Makes 24 servings.
Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.