Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Spread

10 Dec

What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?

Hands down, mine is enjoying good food with the people I love. And I got to do that this past weekend. I am fortunate enough to live only a couple hours from my best friends. We decided to have a roommate Christmas dinner. This was a take on a roommate Thanksgiving we had in college. We were missing a few old roommates but lets just say we have all matured and no longer feel the need to dress up like pilgrims, sing weird songs, and consume copious amounts of alcohol. This meal was a far cry from the rotisserie chicken we had as the main course for Thanksgiving in college.

It was my ideal night: good friends, good food, and good wine.

Since I was traveling, I was in charge of an easily transportable appetizer.

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We had a curried butternut squash apple soup, slow-cooked short ribs, arugula salad, roasted sweet potatoes with pork belly, and sautéed Swiss chard with pearl onions.

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And how could I forget the amazing flourless chocolate cake with fresh whipped cream?!

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Who are these amazing people my friends have grown up to be?

I share with you my contribution to the roommate Christmas dinner: Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Spread.

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Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Spread

6 oz low fat cream cheese, softened

8 oz goat cheese, softened

2/3 cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted

2/3 cup dried cranberries

In a medium bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and goat cheese. Mix in cranberries and walnuts. Serve with cracker of choice.

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