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Dip It | Curried Cream Cheese Dip with Dried Cranberries, Pine Nuts, and Green Onion

April 25, 2011

Hello friends! Happy Monday. I hope you all had a lovely Easter/spring weekend filled with family, friends, good food, and sunshine. I sure as heck did. If you ate half as much food and chocolate as I did, you have probably been swimming in a food/sugar coma state, like me. And could there possibly be a better cure for such a coma than perusing and drooling over a new recipe? I think not.

Especially when it is an attack-the-tastebuds-in-a-good-way recipe. Enter this seemingly complex, colorful, flavor explosion dip.

Explaining this dip with words is impossible. But I’ll try anyway. It’s creamy, tangy, sweet, and spicy all at once. Plus chewy from dried cranberries and crunchy from toasted pine nuts. I first tried it at a work potluck a couple of years ago, but only recently rediscovered it. I don’t know where the recipe came from, or what the real name of this creation is, so I am calling it like it is.

Take this dip to your next potluck or serve it at your next party. Your guests won’t know what hit ’em.

In a good way of course.

Curried Cream Cheese Dip with Dried Cranberries, Pine Nuts, and Green Onions

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 tsp. curry powder

2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 cupΒ red pepper or red chile jelly, divided

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

1/4 cup green onions, chopped (about 3 green onions)

Combine the cream cheese, spices*, and 3 TBSP. of the jelly until smooth. An electric or hand mixer will make this easy. Spread the mixture into the bottom of a shallow dip dish (roughly 5″ x 7″). Spread the remaining jelly over top of the cream cheese mixture. Combine the dried cranberries, pine nuts, and green onions in a small bowl to mix, then sprinkle evenly over top of the dip. Chill until you serve. I think this dip tastes great with plain rice crackers, but any small cracker will do! Enjoy!

*You can adjust the amount of curry powder and cumin depending on the level of flavor you would like. If you don’t want such strong flavors, use just 1 tsp. of each. If you want the flavors to be very intense you can use up to 1 TBSP. of each, but I find 2 tsp. of each to be a happy medium.

What are some of your favorite potluck or appetizer recipes?

37 Comments leave one →
  1. April 26, 2011 8:36 am

    Oh my goodness! This is crazy amazing. I’m so glad we’re having a little gathering coming up because I need to try this. Thank you.

  2. April 26, 2011 5:59 pm

    Thanks Sarah – enjoy!

  3. April 30, 2011 9:33 am

    I will gladly eat anything described as a colorful, flavor explosion. Yum!

  4. May 6, 2011 7:14 am

    Wow, that’s just bursting with color. Definitely would love to try that. Gorgeous pictures!

  5. May 6, 2011 9:09 am

    I MUST try this dip. I can’t stop my mouth from watering. Yum!! The cranberries sound amazing with curry… I can’t wait. Thanks for the post.

  6. May 6, 2011 11:22 am

    I actually have a recipe very similar to this that I was contemplating putting up on the blog one of these days, because every time I make it people go nuts over it. The person who gave it to me called it, “Bombay dip”. Whatever you call it, it’s awesome!

  7. thesavvystudent permalink
    May 6, 2011 11:48 am

    Yep, it’s decided. I am making this for the next potluck, party or family occasion. This looks absolutely wonderful!

  8. May 6, 2011 2:38 pm

    Wow, this sounds AMAZING!! So different and I’m pretty sure I would love it! πŸ™‚

  9. May 8, 2011 4:33 pm

    I cannot wait to try this! It looks fantastic!

  10. May 9, 2011 11:14 am

    I saw this post last week on and made it for a party Saturday night. It was so highly loved that it got more compliments than the main meal. I was made ‘MVP’ by several people. Thanks for posting this!

    • May 9, 2011 11:45 am

      You’re so welcome! I’m glad to hear that everyone loved it! Add it to the recipe vault! πŸ™‚

  11. May 9, 2011 12:06 pm

    YUM! This looks delicious, and the photos are gorgeous. Great job. πŸ™‚

  12. May 10, 2011 9:11 am

    Whoa! That is a perfect combination of flavors! This recipe is a must-try! Thanks for sharing!:)

  13. May 10, 2011 10:02 am

    This looks so easy and tasty! Can’t wait to make it for my next get-together with friends!

    • May 10, 2011 10:13 am

      It whips up very quickly. Perfect for a get-together with friends! And wine of course! πŸ˜‰

  14. May 11, 2011 4:40 pm

    Looks great. Such beautiful colors!

  15. May 15, 2011 2:58 am

    Wow look at those colours and flavours!

  16. May 15, 2011 7:34 am

    Im loving the coulours. And the idea! Just looks so amazing, and I really want to try it..ok recipe bookmarked πŸ™‚

  17. Sarah permalink
    May 18, 2011 8:25 am

    We made this dip on the weekend and it was absolutely delicious! Really interesting group of flavours. Thanks – we’ve sent your link around to folks who asked for the recipe and have added it to our repertoire!

    • May 18, 2011 9:30 am

      Thanks so much Sarah! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it! It certainly is a different dish to take to parties and get-togethers. You can be sure that no one else will bring the same thing!

  18. May 26, 2011 9:26 am

    This is an awesome idea! One of my favorite spreads is cream cheese with red pepper jelly, and this just turns it up an extra few notches. Sounds amazing.

    • May 26, 2011 11:39 am

      Thanks friend! I too love cream cheese with pepper jelly…have you ever tried warm brie topped with pepper jelly on a cracker? Divine!

  19. June 14, 2011 6:44 pm

    what wholesome looking stuff.
    you rocked on this.

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  20. December 11, 2011 6:23 pm

    Looks fantastic. Look forward to trying it soon. Thanks.

  21. April 9, 2012 10:38 am

    I love cheese!


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