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.
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.
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
- 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.