Foodie Fridays

For this Foodie Friday I have two cranberry recipes to get you ready for your Holiday gatherings. The first recipe I found on Pinterest from the Southern Lady Cooks. It is so simple, but very yummy. It’s Cranberry Smokies and it only uses 3 ingredients that you throw in a crockpot. Talk about making your life easier. Definitely a must try.

Cranberry Smokies

  • Difficulty: easy
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12 oz jar of Chili Sauce
14 oz can of jellied cranberry sauce
14 oz little smokies


Add all ingredients to crockpot, cook on high for 2-3 hours.

That’s all there is to that one. It’s almost too easy, if anything can be too easy.

The second recipe is more difficult, but very worth it. The original recipe can be found at Sparrows and Lily. It uses fresh cranberries to make a delicious relish/salsa spread on top of cream cheese. I like to eat just cranberry mixture as a salsa, so I tweaked the recipe slightly by using less sugar, more cilantro, and lime juice instead of lemon. I like my tweaked cranberry mixture on top of the cream cheese too, which is the recipe posted below.

All the chopped goodies, make for a pretty display.

I enjoy it this way using the 1/2 cup sugar and eating it as a fresh salsa with tortilla chips. So good and addictive. It’s even good after it’s set like the picture below.

This is 3/4 cup sugar and will be spread on top of the cream cheese.

It is so pretty and so good. It’s a recipe going in my collection.

Cranberry Jalapeno Dip


  • 12 oz fresh, uncooked Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1-2 fresh jalapenos*
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, optional
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 16 oz cream cheese, whipped


1 – Chop cranberries – use hand chopper or pulse in 2-3 second increments with food processor 2 – Chop green onion, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro 3 – In a medium bowl, add chopped cranberries, green onions, jalapenos, and cilantro. 4 – Add sugar, lime juice, and salt to cranberry mixture. Stir gently until blended. 5 – Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours 6 – Remove cranberry mixture from refrigerator, stir, and strain liquid using a colander with small holes. 7 – Whip softened cream cheese until smooth and spread in bottom of pie plate. 8 – Spread cranberry mixture on top of cream cheese layer. Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve. 9 – Serve with Ritz crackers. Enjoy.

*For the jalapenos, I used home canned ones I had on hand. I used about 6-8 slices of canned jalapenos that I chopped.

Hope you the 2 recipes using cranberries. They are great appetizer options for the upcoming Holiday season. Comment and let me know what you think.

Until next time

Posted by:cecilylusk

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