Cranberry Rosemary Cheese Spread

Cranberry Rosemary Cheese Spread: This spread has a little sweetness to it which bounces off the cranberry and rosemary flavors.

Thanks to my sister for finding this wonderful creamy, tangy spread that’s a bit different and perfect for the Holidays! The dried fruit makes it festive and adds a little sweetness and that flavor just bounces off the savory rosemary and garlic.

Cranberry Rosemary Cheese Spread
Cranberry Rosemary Cheese Spread

We all loved this spread, adapted from Yellow Bliss Road and featured on 12 Tomatoes. I find the flavor of Rosemary to be a bit strong, so I cut back from a tablespoon. I also used dried – it’s winter here so fresh is pricey and fresh rosemary can taste stronger with time and get really overwhelming.

The goat cheese/cream cheese combo is marvelous – the cream cheese mellows the goat cheese & the goat cheese brings a bit of stand up and notice me flavor w/o being too, too much. If I were to make any changes in the future, it might be to add pecans for a little contrast to all the creaminess.

Cranberry Rosemary Cheese Spread
Cranberry Rosemary Cheese Spread

Best of all, this Cranberry Rosemary Cheese Spread  about 10 minutes to make, start to finish. It needs just a little chill in the fridge, say 20 minutes or so, and then you’re good to go. If you make it ahead for a party, bring it out a little early, though, to soften a bit.

I love that I just happened to have everything I needed for this spread in my pantry & fridge – even the goat cheese. And it was nice to have a recipe like this to finish off the package I used with my Sour Cherry Compote. This is a great time of year to buy cream cheese inexpensively – it has a long shelf life or can be tossed in the freezer. It’s also the best time of year to stock up on dried fruit and nuts.

Cranberry Rosemary Cheese Spread
Cranberry Rosemary Cheese Spread

Cranberry Rosemary Cheese Spread

  • Servings: abt 2 cups
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 8 ounces room temperature cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ cup dried cranberries or cherries, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

Using a mixer, combine cream cheese, goat cheese, honey, rosemary garlic powder and salt & pepper. Mix on high speed until smooth and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes.

Switch to low, or mix in by hand, the dried fruits. Spoon cheese mixture into a small bowl and chill for about 20 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers or on crostini.

I’ll be sharing this at our very own Throwback Thursday Link Partyas well as at Fiesta Friday, hosted this week by Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju and Sandhya @ Indfused. Come and join us!🙂

 

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