Creamy Cheese Spread with Brandied Cranberries

Cranberries have just the right acidity to balance the richness of the three cheeses. The salty-sweet-sharp flavor combination is fantastic.


12 servings


1 (8 ounce) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), room
1 ounce (1/4 cup) crumbled blue cheese
4 ounces (1 cup) shredded white Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
1/4 cup granulated (white) sugar
3 tablespoons frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
3 tablespoons brandy


Line flat shallow 1 1/2-cup dish with plastic wrap. In food processor bowl with metal blade or mixer bowl, combine cream cheese, blue cheese, Cheddar cheese and onion; process until well blended. Spoon cheese mixture into lined dish; smooth top. Cover; refrigerate.

In small saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar and apple juice concentrate. Cook over low heat until juices flow and cranberries pop, stirring frequently. Cook 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes. Stir in brandy. Cover; refrigerate 30 minutes or until cooled.

About 30 minutes before serving time, remove cover from cheese; invert onto small serving plate. Remove plastic wrap. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes for best flavor. Before serving, spoon cranberry mixture over cheese. Serve with assorted crackers.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Additional Information

To make ahead: Prepare cheese spread and cranberries. Cover each separately; refrigerate up to 24 hours. Serve as directed in recipe.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (2 Tablespoons): Calories 290 (Calories from Fat 140), Total Fat 16 g (Saturated Fat 7 g, Cholesterol 25 mg; Sodium 430 mg; Total Carbohydrate 27 g (Dietary Fiber 1 g, Sugars 7 g), Protein 7 g; Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1 Fruit; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat

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