8ouncescream cheeseSoftened (must be softened for best results)
1jalapeno pepperseeded and chopped
1 /2cupsugarmore or less to taste
In a food processor, combine the cranberries, jalapeno, sugar and salt. Pulse until very finely chopped.
Place the softened cream cheese in a medium bowl. It is very important that the cream cheese is softened for the best results. Use a hand mixer to whip the cream cheese until it has a soft and smooth consistency. Add the sour cream and beat until combined.
Drain excess liquid from the cranberry jalapeno mixture. Add the cranberry mixture to the cream cheese mixture, beat until combined.
Serve right away with crackers and bread for dipping. This can also be made up to one day in advance and stored in an airtight container in the fridge. If some liquid separates, just stir the dip well before serving.
Cream cheese must be soft in order for it to mix well with the other ingredients. Using a hand mixer also helps the ingredients emulsify.