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Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread Recipe
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Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread Recipe

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“This easy spread is based on several different relishes and spreads I've tasted or made before. I love the sweet and spicy combination of flavors!” Diane Nemitz - Ludington, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 4 teaspoons chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons (calculated without crackers) equals 88 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 63 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the first seven ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in cranberry mixture until blended. Serve with crackers. Yield: 2 cups.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread in Healthy Cooking December/January 2009, p45

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons (calculated without crackers) equals 88 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 63 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

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Reviewed May. 24, 2014

This is very tasty. I doubled the jalapenos as suggested. We found there to be way too many cranberries, so would try half the next time and mince them up a bit. Good w/ all kinds of crackers.

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Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

VERY tasty . I doubled the jalepanos as suggested by others & also used jalepano flavored cream cheese....it has lots of kick, for sure! Will make again!

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Reviewed Nov. 24, 2012

You have to make this! Great flavor and super easy! I made it a day in advance and refrigerated. Give this recipe a try.

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Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

Loved it!! Followed others advice and doubled the jalapeno... could still use more, but great flavor!! Thanks for sharing....

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Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

I made this for a Thanksgiving appetizer and it was a hit! Loved it!

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