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Red Wine Cranberry Goat Cheese Dip & Holiday Spiced Nuts

Cranberry Goat Cheese Dip

a festive Christmas spread of red wine cranberry goat cheese dip & holiday spiced nuts

serves: 10-12 (appetizer servings)

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Ingredients

Red Wine Cranberry Goat Cheese Dip

Holiday Spiced Nuts

Instructions

Red Wine Cranberry Goat Cheese Dip

  1. Combine the cranberries, red wine, sugar, and rosemary in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 15-18 minutes until thickened and syrupy. Let cool (the mixture will thicken more).
  2. Combine the goat cheese, hot water, olive oil, lemon juice, and honey in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Pulse in the rosemary. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Serve the goat cheese dip with the red wine cranberries and pistachios over top, alongside some toasted bread and crackers.

Holiday Spiced Nuts

  1. Add the water and brown sugar to a large saute pan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Whisk in the salt, cinnamon, anise seed, and cayenne pepper. Let boil for a minute or two until the bubbles become larger (the goal is to allow a good amount of water to evaporate before adding the nuts).
  2. Stir in all of the nuts until fully coated. Let cook for another 30 seconds.
  3. Pour the nuts out into one layer onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Let cool.