Cranberry, Caramelized Onion, and Goat Cheese Dip

I made this dip for a holiday gathering with Hubby’s family. The original recipe called for blue cheese, but I substituted goat cheese and it came out fantastic. The combo of sweet and tart from the caramelized onions and the cranberries was great. And it was really easy to throw together.

I mixed up the cheese layer a day in advance. Since it has to be chilled anyways, I just threw it in the fridge (covered) overnight and then made the onion/cranberry layer just prior to serving it. This dip was a big hit and was devoured by the six of us in no time flat. I served it with a variety of crackers.

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Cranberry, Caramelized Onion, and Goat Cheese Dip

Ingredients:

8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
4-ounce package goat cheese, room temperature
1 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese, room temperature
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 medium sweet onion, diced
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional)

Directions:

In a mixer, combine the cream cheese and goat cheese. Beat until smooth. Add the cheddar cheese and mix until well incorporated. Spread into the bottom of a baking dish. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.

Heat oil in a skillet over med-high heat. Add the diced onions and saute until softened. Add sugar and mix well. Continue cooking to caramelize the onions. Lower the heat slightly and stir every few minutes. This should take about 10 minutes.

Once the onions are caramelized remove them from the skillet and set aside. Add the cranberries, water, and sugar into the skillet the onions just came out of. Stir to dissolve sugar. Turn heat up to medium and cook until cranberries pop open and are softened, ~5 minutes. Once mixture thickens, add the balsamic vinegar and return the onions to the skillet.

Stir well and then let cool.

Just prior to serving dip, spoon the cranberry mixture on top of the cheese mixture.

Recipe adapted from Blissfully Domestic

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6 Responses to “Cranberry Ice Cream”

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    Ashley @ My Midwest Table — October 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I bet this ice cream is amazing! It looks like it would be!

    Thanksgiving is such a great holiday. I, too, enjoy family time and food. And I find it so much fun to host!

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    Shannon — November 14, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    this sounds absolutely amazing!!

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    Caroline @ carolinescooking.com — November 18, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    This looks really yummy! We are somehow out of ice cream but have fresh cranberries in the house, so may have to reverse things with this recipe!

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    Connie the chocoholic — February 8, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    ahh! I’m so glad that you’re still blogging! When I was in highschool, i used to visit your blog everyday because I simply loved your recipes that much! Then university started and life got busy. Now I’m back into the blogging world and so just wanted to pop by and say hi!

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    Abigail — April 11, 2016 at 4:48 am

    I may not be the best at making this wonderful ice cream, but I bet that I’m the best to eat them up because I’m a big fan of ice cream. Thanks Jen for sharing.

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