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


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)


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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9 Responses to “Rhubarb Raspberry Jam”

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    Erin — August 10, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Yum! I think that sounds like a great combo.

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    nutmegnanny — August 10, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Yum! I love rhubarb but not sure I have had it in jam form. I bet this is beyond delicious! Although to be honest my favorite way to enjoy rhubarb is raw with just a little bit of a salt…yum!

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    biz319 — August 10, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Have you ever tried making sugar free jelly or jam before?

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    Jen — August 10, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I have not made sugar free jam. This is only the second jam I’ve ever made!

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    stephchows — August 10, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Beautiful!!! I love that you sent two kinds 🙂 For me it was a total excuse to make all different kinds! I’m sure they will love it!

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    Katie — August 10, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Now THAT is an awesome looking jam!!

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites — August 13, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I love that gorgeous color! I bet it tastes amazing too. Beautiful!

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    Margaret Hammond — September 1, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    I make raspberry-rhubarb jam every year, it is my absolute favorite jam!! Looking over your recipe I do not find any pectin in it. Just wondered if this was error, I am always looking for new recipes to try. the cardamon is something I have never used in my jams so I thought I would give it a try. Thanks

    • beantownbaker — September 2nd, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

      Nope, no pectin in this recipe. The raspberries have enough naturally.

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