Monday, January 9, 2012

Cranberry Caramelized Onion Cheese Spread

I was on a cranberry kick this holiday season. I saw this recipe and it had everything I loved in it. I made this and took it to a party. It was very good.
Cranberry Caramelized Onion Cheese Spread T
Taste of Home Cooking School Cook Book
Posted by jd_az

1 package (8oz) cream cheese, soften
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1 cup (4oz) finely shredded cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, sliced, quartered
1 teaspoon plus 1/4 cup sugar, divided
1 cup ocean spray fresh or frozen cranberries
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
assorted crackers

Combine cream cheese and blue cheese in a medium mixing bowl; beat until smooth and creamy. Add cheddar cheese; beat until well blended. Spread in shallow serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir for 2-4 minutes or until tender. Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in 1 tsp sugar. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until onion is soft and golden, stirring occasionally. Remove onion from skillet; set aside.
In the same skillet, combine cranberries, remaining sugar and water. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes or until cranberries pop and mixture thicken, stirring occasionally. Stir in vinegar and onions. Cool slightly.

To serve, bring cheese spread to room temperature. Spoon cranberry mixture over cheese spread; sprinkle with walnuts. Serve with crackers. Yield: 24 servings.

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