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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Very Merry Cranberry & Caramelized Onion Dip

Need a holiday appetizer?
This onion dip is both sweet & savory and great served on crackers.

This post is sponsored by Kalona SuperNatural.

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This new recipe comes in just in time!

Holiday parties are in full force right now.  If you are like us, we have Christmas' to celebrate until the weekend after New Years.  The holidays don't stop on December 25th for us!

I've said it before - good snacks around the holidays are my favorite.  I'd gladly skip that big traditional meal for a variety plates of dips, crackers, appetizers and desserts.  You get to munch on a lot of yummy apps instead of a big heavy meal.

I created this Very Merry Cranberry & Caramelized Onion Dip for a few reasons....1) doesn't it look pretty and festive? 2) I love any sweet and savory combo and 3) well, Kalona SuperNatural asked me too.

Yep!  I'm back with one of my favorite Iowa companies Kalona SuperNatural using some of their products {sour cream and butter} and pretty much drove face first into this dip.

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When I walked into the grocery store a few days ago I wondered if cranberries would still be on the shelf, sitting fresh and pretty....and they were!  Apparently, cranberries aren't just for Thanksgiving!  I grabbed a bag and headed home.

I got to work on creaming together some yummy cheeses, caramelizing onions and layering them all together in a pretty pie plate as quickly as possible so I could dive into it with a handful of crackers. 

Which did indeed happen.

This dip was my lunch. 

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I love, love, love Kalona SuperNatural products and have agreed to jump on board with them again in 2020 as a Brand Ambassador.  Woo-hoo!

I wanted to make a dip that screamed the HOLIDAYS that allowed me to use a couple of their products.  This one uses their organic lightly salted butter and their organic sour cream {which also graces our tacos in this house every Tuesday night}. 

I mean, doesn't this cheese spread dip look like Christmas?

It has all the pretty colors on a light green pie plate, so pretty much it's perfect for your holiday gathering this year.

The bottom cheese layer is a combo of cream cheese, Kalona SuperNatural sour cream, feta cheese and cheddar cheese.  What?  Then it's topped with caramelized onions and sweetened cranberries and let me just say the salty cracker and cheese topped with this festive sweetness is A GAME CHANGER.

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Kalona SuperNatural started in 2005 in small town Iowa and are now known across the United States.  They know every farmer they work with, their families and the land they produce on.  They invest in their producers and take such pride in their products.

I truly enjoy using their products in many of my recipes - including this one!  

Let's all make this onion dip this holiday season, shall we?  It can be whipped up the day prior and just hang out until ready to eat.  People will LOVE the ease and simplicity of it.  

Be ready to share the recipe!

Thank you to Kalona SuperNatural for sponsoring this post.

Very Merry Cranberry & Caramelized Onion Dip

Very Merry Cranberry & Caramelized Onion Dip
Yield: 24
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 45 M
The perfect holiday appetizer! A creamy, salty cheese layer topped with caramelized onions and a sweet cranberry sauce. The ideal sweet & savory combo.


Cheese Layer
Caramelized Onions
Cranberry Sauce
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar


How to cook Very Merry Cranberry & Caramelized Onion Dip

  1. In a stand mixer beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add in the sour cream, crumbled feta and shredded cheddar until blended.  Spread this cheese mixture into a shallow 8 inch pie plate.  Cover and refrigerate.
  2. In a skillet add in the butter to melt over medium-heat.  Add in the sliced onions and cook/stir for 4-5 minutes until tender.  Then reduce the heat to low and stir in the sugar.  Cook for 15-18 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onions are golden brown.  Remove onions from the skillet and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, combine the cranberries, sugar and water over medium-heat.  Stir occasionally, while the cranberries start to pop and the mixture thickens.  Stir in the vinegar and caramelized onions, heating a few more minutes to combine.  Set off the heat to cool.
  4. When ready to serve, remove the chilled cheese mixture from the fridge and top with the cooled caramelized onion/cranberry mixture.
  5. Serve with crackers.
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