Spicy Mango and Cranberry Cream Cheese Appetizer

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Habaneros give this recipe a kick your guests will love.

My friend Tamara was my husband’s friend first. Not in a romantic way, I don’t think, just a friend. They went to church together as kids, so I inherited our friendship.  And I’m glad I did. The amount of blackmail material I’ve squeezed out of her should last for several years.

Seriously, God has used Tamara to teach me a few things about caring for elderly parents, hospitality, and being joyful when life isn’t. She’s a good cook, too. This oft-requested recipe is just one example.

You’ve probably already seen various toppings poured over a block of cream cheese, but this cheese has Gorgonzola added which contributes a certain something special you will be hard-pressed to identify. But the best part is the sauce–Mango Green Apple Habanero Sauce by Cookwell.  Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find, but it’s available online, so I decided to go ahead and share it. In Texas, it is available at some H-E-B stores (found mine in Burleson). I am guessing jalapeno pepper jelly would be a good substitute if you can’t find the mango sauce.

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Tamara's Spicy Mango and Cranberry Cream Cheese Appetizer

This goes together quickly. Seems like a great idea for a Super Bowl party!

P.S. I was not compensated in any way by Cookwell for saying nice things about their product.

Spicy Mango and Cranberry Cream Cheese Appetizer
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 20
Prep time:
Total time:
  • 1 bottle Mango Green Apple Habanero Sauce by Cookwell Company (See note)
  • 2 tablespoons Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • 2 8-ounce bars cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup green onions, sliced
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  1. Combine 1 tablespoon Mango sauce and Gorgonzola with cream cheese using a food processor, mixer, or the back of a spoon and elbow grease. Spoon onto a sheet of plastic wrap and mold into desired shape such as a roll or brick. Chill.
  2. Blend the remaining bottle of the sauce with the onions and cranberries. Mix well.
  3. When ready to serve, place cheese on serving plate and cover with sauce, onion, and cranberries.
  4. Serve with crackers.


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Vicki V February 3, 2012 at 7:25 am

Easy and beautiful! Love it! I think Central Market is related to HEB, so that’s where I’ll look for the special sauce.


Vicki V February 3, 2012 at 6:59 am

Easy and beautiful! Love it! I think that Market Street is related to HEB, so that’s where I will look for the special sauce.


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm

The mango with the cranberries sounds wonderful. What a great dip!


mimi January 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Mango and habaneros sound like a fantastic combination. I’ll keep my eye open for the sauce. If I can’t find it I’m thinking of mixing up my own.


`Suzanne January 30, 2012 at 1:52 am

This appetizers looks really tasty, and the addition of the Gorgonzola cheese sounds great. A good snack for the up coming game. As usual your photos really stand out 🙂 Have a great week Paula.


Betty @ scrambled hen fruit January 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I love the whole “spicy tart sauce over cream cheese” concept- that habanero sauce sounds like something I’d like to try. 🙂


The Café Sucré Farine January 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Paula, that has to be one of the prettiest appetizers I’ve ever seen! And I am quite intrigued by the Gogonzola/cream cheese base, yum! Thanks!


Natasha January 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

This looks so festive! I feel like organizing a party just to serve this 🙂


Lourdes January 26, 2012 at 8:55 am

I live in Texas but I don’t know what does H E B store is…Well I am new to Texas….It does look yummy….


Gary January 26, 2012 at 6:34 am

Perfect with cocktails!


Lorraine January 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm

It sure does present nicely! Colorful and appetizing and perfect for a group gathered in the family room around the coffee table. Cranberries seem to make everything special and this sounds so good!


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