Cranberry Blue Cheese Spread and Festive Appetizer Roundup

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I have a serious weakness for appetizers. I will often go to a restaurant and just order a selection of things off the appetizer menu. That way I get to try small portions of several different dishes and they are easily shared with friends and family. When we have company over, I would much rather serve my guests a selection of different appetizers than to make a huge sit down meal. I think that serving appetizers allows more room for mingling, wandering around and chatting, and just general socializing. A big sit down meal just seems way too formal for my style of entertaining. If you are looking for some festive appetizer recipes, check out the collection of recipes I put together on and then keep reading for a VERY quick and easy Cranberry and Blue Cheese Spread to serve at your next holiday party!

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One thing I really look for when making an appetizer for a holiday party is that it is EASY. I don’t want to have my guests all milling about and have me be stuck in the kitchen cooking and assembling tiny appetizers with toothpicks! This cranberry and blue cheese spread requires one bowl and only a small amount of chopping. Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature before you get started for easiest mixing. I SWEAR by my Kitchenaid mixer. I’m sure you can mix this spread with a wooden spoon but it took all of 15 seconds in my mixer to get everything combined. My Kitchenaid gets a whole lot of use around the holidays! If you are having company over and looking for an easy appetizer recipe I highly recommend you give this one a try!

Cranberry and Blue Cheese Spread and Festive Appetizer Roundup

Cranberry and Blue Cheese Spread

Yields 1 1/2 cups

Cranberry and Blue Cheese Spread

And easy and festive appetizer recipe for your next holiday party

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 4 ounces blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 stalk celery, finely minced
  • 3 TBSP fresh parsley, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • crackers for serving


  1. Combine cream cheese, sour cream, blue cheese, celery, parsley, pecans, cranberries and pepper in a large mixing bowl
  2. Mix thoroughly until everything is well blended
  3. Place in serving bowl alongside crackers and enjoy!


What’s YOUR favorite appetizer recipe to share at parties?


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  1. Looks like a delicious appetizer indeed! Love the addition of cranberries :)

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