Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread

Have any leftover cranberries from all the holiday festivities or are you like me and love cranberries so much that you buy a few extra bags when they're on sale to use throughout the year? I grabbed some Sara Lee bagels at the bread store for $.75, but all they had left were the plain ones, so I needed to come up with something to give them a little extra zip.

Don't get me wrong - plain bagels make a great base for a breakfast sammie, but some fruity cream that's a heavenly way to start your morning. This quick recipe is also a huge hit for a weekend brunch or a weeknight breakfast-style dinner.

All this takes is 5 ingredients, lesss than 5 minutes, a bowl and fork, and a willingness not to eat a boring bagel (or piece of toast, or...well, you get the idea) ever again.

1/4 C. cranberries, rinsed ($.25)
4 oz. cream cheese, softened ($.35)
1 T. honey ($.15)
2 tsp. brown sugar ($.05)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon or nutmeg ($.05)

Give cranberries a rough chop.
Add all ingredients to a bowl, mix well to incorporate.
Chill and serve with your favorite bagel, toast, scone, muffin, bread, etc.

Yields: 4-6 servings (depends on how much you eat straight out of the bowl)
Cost: $.85
Cost per serving: $.22

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