05 April, 2011

Cranberry Ambrosia-Cream Cheese Spread | Southern Living

This spread is a lovely addition to the holiday table.


Cranberry Ambrosia-Cream Cheese Spread ingredients
Makes 24 appetizer servings
For the spread
2 (8-oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 (6-oz) pkg sweetened dried cranberries (divided use)
2 (8-oz) cans crushed pineapple
1 (3.5-oz) can shredded coconut (divided use)
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted

For garnish
1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries (reserved above)
1 (11-oz) can mandarin oranges, drained
1/4 cup shredded coconut (reserved above)
8 pecan halves

For serving
Ginger snaps or
Bagels or
English muffins


Directions
Prepare the spread
Stir together cream cheese and sugar until blended. Add all but 1/4 cup dried cranberries; reserve the 1/4 cup for garnish.

Pat dry the oranges between layers of paper towels; set aside. Repeat for pineapple and then stir it and all but 1/4 cup of the coconut into cream cheese mixture;  reserve the 1/4 cup for garnish. Stir in chopped pecans and spoon mixture into a serving bowl. (You will have about 5 cups of spread.)


Garnish and serve
Sprinkle the reserved dried cranberries around edges of bowl; arrange orange sections around inside edge of cranberries. Sprinkle reserved 1/4 cup coconut in center, and top with pecan halves.

Serve as a sweet dip with gingersnaps, or as a spread for bagels or English muffins.


Nutritional Info (Per Serving)
Calories 162 (67% from fat)
Fat 12.1 g (sat 5.8g, mono 4.2g, poly 1.5g)
Protein 2.2 g
Carb 13.3g
Fiber 1.3g
Chol 21 mg
Iron 0.5 mg
Sodium 68 mg
Calc 23 mg


The Cranberry Ambrosia-Cream Cheese Spread recipe is from The All-New Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook (Birmingham: Oxmoor House, Inc, 2006), 46.


Index
Breakfast and Brunch > Sweet Dips / Spreads
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