Cranberry Chipotle Cream Cheese – The smoky flavor of chipotle peppers mixed with sweetened cranberries served on top of cream cheese makes a great holiday appetizer served with crackers.
Y’all this week has been so busy. I feel like I haven’t spent much time on here lately. Luncheons at school, class parties, and class plays, and the usual hustle and bustle of the week is my excuse. This mama needs a vacation. I’m so glad to be off of our schedule the next two weeks!!! We won’t have to wake up so early (although I still do so I can be sane and have my coffee), and we won’t have to go somewhere every night. Yipee!!
Plus, we have some fun plans for Christmas! We have a lot of family things to do, Christmas cookies to decorate, and Christmas movies to watch. I just recorded The Family Man, and I cannot wait to sit down, get cozy, and watch it.
And last but certainly not least, I am ashamed to admit it, but I have not wrapped One. Single. Present.
I have a good excuse…I don’t want to have to redo wrapping after the 1 year old gets after them. But the main reason is when would I have had time lately?? When those kiddos go to bed, this mama is tired. So are you all finished wrapping? If so, I am soooo jealous!
So onto this Cranberry Chipotle Cream Cheese appetizer. There really is no easier appetizer than a block of cream cheese with a sauce poured on top surrounded by some crackers. Easy Peezy! This sauce takes less than 10 minutes to make, and you let it cool. You can even make it a day ahead like I did.
Also, a little chipotle pepper goes a long way. They are spicy and full of a smoky flavor. I also blended mine the best I could in my mini food processor, but you can always finely dice it too. I only used 1 tbsp of brown sugar, but you could add a little more if you prefer it sweeter. Hope you enjoy!
- 1 chipotle pepper
- 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
- 1/4 cup chili sauce
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 blocks cream cheese
- 1 box of crackers
- Finely chop chipotle pepper with a knife or food processor.
- Add chopped chipotle, cranberry sauce, chili sauce, and brown sugar to a small sauce pan. Heat over medium high heat for about 5 minutes. Taste and add more brown sugar if you prefer it sweeter. Allow it to cool.
- Just before serving, pour half of mixture on top of cream cheese. (See note)
- Serve with crackers.
*You will have extra sauce, and you can double the cream cheese and crackers if you'd like. Sauce stores fine in the fridge for a few days to serve with another block of cream cheese and crackers again later.
*You can find canned chipotle peppers with the Mexican/Latin foods in your grocery store. Only use 1 pepper from the can unless you prefer things really spicy.
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