Uncle Meat & Potatoes, ever the consummate educator, had party attendees view a documentary on the making and distilling of various scotch and whiskey products throughout the world. He set up a product specific spirits bar. He paused the DVD after each featured brand, and all guests sampled shot glasses filled with whatever brand of liquor had been featured in the segment. He even had the national flags of each liquor distillery location taped on the mantel. It was something to behold on many levels.
Winner, Loser, or Meh
During the second segment of the liquor documentary, before anyone was thoroughly plastered, Uncle Meat & Potatoes rushed over to my chair with dip cheese dripping from a cracker and his lower lip. He breathlessly whispered in my ear "this is the best thing I have ever eaten". I went to the bar for a taste of the dip and it was almost all gone. I think this is a winner.
Interestingly, the dip is not really sweet. The Jarlsberg cuts sweetness. The tangerine and cranberries were really set off by the nutty flavor of the cheese. Both dips were assembled in under 5 minutes on the bar before I rushed off for other errands. The guests had already arrived before I could get back and Auntie EQ shot a quick photo while I was gone and before the dip had its final stir.
I used a 2 1/2 -3 quart crock for this. A 1 1/2-2 quart crock would work as well.
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2/3-3/4 cups Jarlsberg cheese, grated (Swiss works, too)
- 2 Tbls orange juice
- zest of 1/2 a tangerine (orange or cutie would work, too)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 2 tsps sugar