With Christmas fast approaching – only 3 days to go *gasp!* – I thought I would create a new holiday recipe that combines some of my favorite flavors of the season. If the first thing you thought when I said that is chocolate and peppermint, then guess again. (Though I totally get why you would think that.) For this dip, I combined the flavors of cranberries and pistachios, along with some cream cheese, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. The dip is easy to make and would be great at your next holiday party.
I picked up the ingredients I needed at my local Target. The Target in my town is one of the smaller stores with a small food section. I was able to find everything that I needed. However, I had to look low to find Original Town House Crackers.
I started with a block of softened cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. I added a cup of sour cream and blended the two well. Next, I gathered the remaining ingredients and measured them out. About a cup each of cheddar cheese, sweetened dried cranberries, and pistachios, and for a little sweetness I added 1/4 cup of honey. I mixed it all together and then poured it into a glass pie pan.
I sampled a little bit before placing it in the oven and was almost tempted to serve it as a cold dip. However, I went ahead and baked it for 20 minutes in an oven that had been preheated to 350 degrees. With the weather getting colder, I thought that the warm dip would hit the spot.
- 1 8 ounce block cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup pistachios, chopped
- 1 cup sweetened, dried cranberries
- ¼ cup honey
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all of the ingredients well and pour into a small pie pan or 8-inch glass dish.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and serve with Town House Original crackers.
The dip is best served, or spread, on top of Town House Original Crackers. The crisp, buttery crackers are the perfect companion for my holiday dip, or any dip for that matter.
Dips aren’t the only thing that Town House is good for. It’s great for making a buttery crunch topping for Creamy Macaroni & Cheese, it makes the most adorable Penguin Cookies, and provides the perfect touch to Prosciutto-Wrapped Four Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos. (You can click here to get the recipes along with some other great dip, cheeseball, and cookie recipes.)
Town House Cracker Trivia
- United Biscuit Company of America Corporation first began baking the signature Town House crackers on October 4, 1940.
- In 1966, United Biscuit became the Keebler Company.
- In 2001, Keebler Company was purchased by Kellogg’s, a US company that has been around for more than a hundred years.