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Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | December 14th, 2016 | Appetizers, Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
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cranberry-spreadHow do I love goat cheese? Let me count the ways. (You may want to sit down. The list is pretty long.)

Rather than listing all of the ways that I enjoy goat cheese, I’ll take a simpler approach and explain why I like it so much. First, there’s the tangy bite it has that pairs nicely with the sweetness of fruit. Second, there’s its spread-ability. Although it can be more crumbly than smooth when chilled, it becomes a delight to spread at room temperature. Third, it adapts to so many dishes, from a simple topping for cheese and crackers to a filling for sandwiches to a component of dessert.

When I think of using goat cheese as part of a cracker platter, I often think about topping it with a compote. For this recipe I decided that I would switch it from a 2-piece (cheese and compote) to a 1-piece topping. Since I wanted the flavor of the fruit immersed in the goat cheese, I utilized my handy, dandy food processor. This netted a pinkish goat cheese spread. With a little bit of imagination you could even call it verging on holiday red.

Even if that’s a bit of a stretch, the use of cranberries definitely gives this cracker and crostini topping a holiday feel. Be sure to use fresh cranberries for the recipe. Frozen cranberries will add too much moisture and dried cranberries won’t process as nicely.

Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread

Serves 4
A simple fruit and cheese topping all in one


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Prep Time
5 min

Total Time
5 min

Prep Time
5 min

Total Time
5 min

Ingredients
  1. 4 oz. goat cheese, at room temperature
  2. 1-2 Tb. sugar
  3. 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
Instructions
  1. Combine goat cheese, 1 tablespoon sugar, and cranberries in food processor.
  2. Blend until cranberries are pureed well.
  3. Add additional sugar if a sweeter spread is desired.
  4. Use at once or refrigerate in a covered container until time to serve.
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