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Merry Berry Appetizer

 Merry Berry Appetizer
Not only is this appetizer from Gloria Rohlfing of York, Pennsylvania a treat to eat, it shapes up into lots of fun, too. How so? Just by forming the soft cream cheese into a cane and spooning stripes of ruby-red cranberry concoction over the top of it. In no time you'll create a treat that looks as good as it tastes!—Gloria Rohlfing, York, Pennsylvania
12-16 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup dried currants
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon each ground allspice, cardamom, cloves and ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1-1/2 pounds cream cheese or Brie

Directions

  • Combine the cranberries, sugar, currants, water and spices in a
  • non-aluminum saucepan. Cook and stir over medium-high heat for 6-8
  • minutes or until most of the berries have popped. Cool, then
  • refrigerate.
  • If using cream cheese, shape into a candy cane if desired. Spoon
  • cranberry mixture over cheese. Serve with crackers or sliced apples.
  • Yield: 12-16 servings.
Wine: Medium-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer