Brian, the husband and official taste-tester, would like to declare, for the record, that he positively could not stop eating this cranberry-jalapeno dip.
And he would like to follow that up with the declaration to everyone that has been waiting for his metabolism to finally catch up to his 34-year old body (undoubtedly still reaping the benefits from a strict college wrestling regimen) that it finally has, thanks to this dip, which did he mention? He could not stop eating.
The funny thing is that when I made this, I was absolutely sure he would turn up his nose at it – perhaps take a little nibble – but I knew for a fact he would not like it. Uh, it looks like I don’t know my husband as well as I thought I did because I was dead wrong.
I hope he’s not too embarrassed for me to publicly announce here that over the course of a few days, he had no trouble finishing off the masterpiece of a dip and even on the 3rd day, he was literally sighing in gastronomical joy at each bite.
It’s a simple concept – tart cranberries, sugar, spicy jalapenos and a few other flavors combine to make a sweet and spicy relish of sorts that smothers unadorned cream cheese. The silky, cool cream cheese offsets the gentle spice of the dip perfectly and compliments the play on sugar and spice.
Served with crispy crackers, this dip really is a holiday palate pleaser. The kids and I loved it, too, but our reaction completely pales in comparison to Brian’s. In fact, every day since it has been gone, he’s asked me redundantly if we happen to have more fresh cranberries. And trust me, he’s not hankering for cranberry sauce…he’s wanting this dip.
Looks like I’ll have to print off the quick and easy recipe and casually place it on his nightstand or truck dashboard. Hope you enjoy it just as much as we (he!) did!