I bet you are drooling just reading the title! You should. I tried this holiday appetizer recipe this weekend and OH MY.. I could not get enough of it. Neither could my husband, nor my teen. As a Patak’s ambassador, I get a challenge each month and this month’s challenge was to prepare a holiday appetizer recipe using Pataks’ ingredients.
You may wonder, how on earth can you prepare a Western appetizer with Indian products? Well you can and should! It is absolutely delicious. I love mixing the ingredients, the cultures. I feel like I am bringing people together.
The following holiday appetizer recipe is so easy to make. You know how I like easy recipes. While I am a foodie, I don’t like spending my day in the kitchen. Recipes have to be simple and quick.
Chutney, Cheese and Cranberry Bites: An Easy Holiday Appetizer Recipe
The following recipe was inspired from Patak’s website. You can do a search by category: appetizers, sandwich, etc or by key word to find more great recipes.
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries. I used fresh cranberries
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
- 3/4 cup Patak’s Sweet Mango Chutney
- Soft cheese or cream cheese. I used goat cheese.
- Toasted baguette, sliced, or crackers
- Apple slices
- Combine cranberries, water, sugar and ginger in a small saucepan and bring to boiling.
- Cover, remove from heat and let stand for 15 minutes.
- Stir Patak’s Mango chutney into cranberry mixture and cover and chill at least 2 hours (overnight recommended).
- Spoon cranberry chutney on top of brie cheese, goat cheese or cream cheese and serve , and crackers, or with toasted baguette slices.
- Top it with nuts
I ate at least 5 servings before being able to snap a picture. I had to hide it from my husband for 15 minutes so I could take a nice picture. I loved the combination of cranberries, mango and cheese. Mixing sweet & cheese is just perfect. My husband loved the taste too. He says: it a nice combination: strong enough and not too sweet. I love how Patak’s enhanced this appetizer and my cooking in general. I am a fan of Indian food but I never dared to cook Indian like dishes until I got this opportunity with Patak’s. Don’t forget to try my previous recipe: Noodles with Shrimps, Pumpkin & Butter Chicken. You will absolutely love it.
- You can prepare the dip ahead of time to save time.
- Serve on a nice plate with nuts, grapes.
- You want to toast the bread, slice it, then provide the guests with bread, crackers and let them top it with the dip. I find it is a great way to avoid wasting food. Besides some people do not like nuts, some do.
What is your favorite way to mix other cultures into your holiday cooking? Share in the comments!
Disclosure: I am part of the Patak’s Canada ambassador program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions are this blog are my own.