Monday, November 14, 2011

Cranberry Thanksgiving Appetizer

The switch off daylight savings time is always such a shock to my system.  We usually don't eat dinner until 6:30 (or later!) and since the sun sets at 4:30 it's been wrecking havoc on my ability to have time to prepare anything and photograph it with decent lighting.

Does "falling back" mess with anyone else's routine? It does make getting up at 6:30 so much more doable though.

So a couple weeks ago I started seeing pins/links pop up on Pinterest for a spicy cranberry appetizer that looked simply fantastic. It got my creative-recipe-plotting-wheels turning and I came up with a Sweet and Savory Cranberry Cheeseball recipe.

If you're looking for a yummy, quick, fix-it-ahead-of-time, appetizer for Thanksgiving, you might just want to keep reading...because you can totally make this up ahead of time and then set it out on Thanksgiving day for people to munch on while they try to patiently wait for the turkey to finish roasting. Or frying. Or whatever.

You'll need cream cheese, gorgonzola cheese, green onions, dried cranberries and a smidge of parsley (oops! left that little guy out of the photo).

In a bowl combine cream cheese with gorgonzola cheese, minced parsley and 2 finely chopped green onions. Sprinkle in a bit of salt and pepper just to enhance the flavors a bit.

Once that has all been combined, dampen your hands with a bit of water and use them to form the cheesy mixture into a ball.  

Press chopped dried cranberries into the cheeseball, all the way around.

Wrap it in plastic and chill it for at least two hours.

Serve with crackers and enjoy! I really love the combination of sweet and savory that you get from the craisins and gorgonzola. Plus the craisins add a bit of fun color and texture to it.

Cranberry Cheeseball
Yields 1 Cheeseball

8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
salt and pepper
1 cup craisins, chopped

In a bowl combine together cream cheese, gorgonzola cheese, green onions, parsley and a pinch of salt and pepper. Once combined, dampen your hands with water and use them to press the cheese mixture into a ball. Once the ball is formed, cover it in craisins by gently pressing them onto it.

Wrap in plastic and chill for at least two hours before serving. Serve with crackers.


  1. Oh goodness---think you could serve this to moms at the craft night tomorrow? Mmmm

  2. Sarah (Frontier Kitchen)November 14, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Sure! I'll even let the kiddos eat it to if they want, because I'm giving like that. :) Although my kiddo wasn't a fan because she heard "cheeseball" and expected it to taste like "cheesecake."


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