The Flavors of The South
Experiencing The Flavors at Home or On The Road
by LAURA TUCKER • www.southernmadesimple.com
Cranberries are a staple in my household during the holiday season. They transition flawlessly from Fall and Thanksgiving themed recipes straight into Christmas themed recipes, and the aroma that fills the home when they’re being cooked is unlike any other! Sometimes it’s hard for people to picture using cranberries outside of the traditional “sauce” to pour over their holiday turkey and dressing, but they can easily be the star of the show because of their versatility.
While I tend to mostly use them in baking or in desserts, I absolutely love to pair them with something savory to give the dish I’m preparing a layer of tartness. I could just die over a batch of fresh, slow cooked cranberry sauce drizzled over a thanksgiving turkey! This particular recipe is one of my family’s absolute favorite things to prepare and take to potlucks and Christmas parties during this time of year. It’s got a little bit of sweet, a bit of savory, a touch of tartness and a hint of spicy that marries together so beautifully, you’ll be back around for another helpin’- I guarantee it!
You can never go wrong with a party dip that has cream cheese in it, and this dip has a layer of fresh cranberries, cilantro, jalapeno peppers and bacon bits nestled over a bed of cream cheese that makes for one dynamic party dip! If you’ve got a holiday gathering or a special event coming up – be it for Christmas, Thanksgiving, or just a casual Tuesday, you won’t go wrong with this one!
Here’s the skinny! You’ll need to start preparing it a day ahead of time to let the berries, sugar and jalapeno juices meld together well, so keep that in mind! Trust me, it’s worth the extra time!
If you’ve got a holiday gathering or two this season, these two festive cranberry appetizer dishes will be the talk of the party, and they’re sure to make cranberries a staple in your own household during the holiday season, too!
CRANBERRY JALAPENO DIP
CRANBERRY CREAM CHEESE PINWHEELS