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Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread Recipe

Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread Recipe

“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 YIELD: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

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.

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.