The Best Cranberry Whipped Feta Dip (Easy Holiday Recipe)

If you’re looking for a festive dip to impress your friends and family, you need to try this cranberry whipped feta dip. The combination of tangy, salty feta with maple-syrup sweetened cranberry sauce is the most amazing flavor experience ever. It’s the perfect holiday appetizer and it’s so easy.

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Whipped feta dip topped with homemade cranberry sauce and sprinkled with maple syrup and pistachios.

Why you’ll love this

One thing you’ll love about this cranberry feta cheese dip recipe is that is while it’s absolutely gorgeous and looks fancy, it uses really simple ingredients and minimal prep.

This simple dip doesn’t take a lot of time to put together but it’s a seriously impressive appetizer that everyone is going to LOVE this holiday season.

The sweet and tart homemade cranberry sauce on top of the salty, tangy feta dip is just so good. Prepare for your family to request this one every year.

This dip is also a great way to use up leftover cranberry sauce after your holiday meal is over!

Ingredients for cranberry whipped feta dip on a countertop: feta cheese, garlic, greek yogurt, cream cheese, lemon juice, orange juice, maple syrup, olive oil and garlic with labels.

Ingredients

This whipped feta dip with cranberries feels so fancy and sophisticated but uses super simple ingredients! And if you’ve never made your own cranberry sauce, I promise, this could not be easier.

Whipped feta

  1. Feta cheese
  2. Greek yogurt
  3. Cream cheese
  4. Lemon juice
  5. Garlic
  6. Salt to taste

Easy cranberry sauce

  1. Fresh cranberries
  2. Orange juice
  3. Maple syrup

Step-by-step instructions

Cranberry sauce instructions

  1. First, start your cranberry sauce by adding cranberries, orange juice, and maple syrup to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then immediately turn down to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes until the mixture is reduced and jammy. If it’s still too liquidy, continue simmering until it reaches your desired consistency. Allow the cranberry sauce to cool to slightly warm or room temperature, depending on your preference.
An overhead shot of a food processor with feta cheese, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil.
An overhead shot of a food processor full of whipped feta dip.

Whipped feta instructions

  1. While the cranberry sauce is cooking, make the feta dip. Put feta cheese, Greek yogurt, cream cheese, garlic, olive oil, and lemon into a food processor (I love my Cuisinart). Process on high until the dip is creamy and fully blended. Scrape down the sides intermittently as needed. Add salt to taste if desired.
A small pot full of cranberries, orange juice and maple syrup.
A small pan full of cooked cranberry sauce.
  1. In a bowl, add your finished feta dip, top with the cranberry sauce and then sprinkle with pistachios. Finish with a small drizzle of maple syrup. Serve with crostini, crackers, sliced apples, or sliced pears.
A hand dipping crostini into cranberry whipped feta dip.

Recipe FAQ

Do I have to use the blocks of feta cheese?

You can use crumbled feta if you can’t find the blocks, but the texture won’t be as creamy. I recommend an 8 oz full-fat block of feta cheese for this recipe.

What should I serve with this cranberry feta dip?

I recommend serving with:

  • Crackers
  • Crostini
  • Pita bread
  • Sliced apples
  • Sliced pears

Can I make this ahead of time?

You can absolutely make the cranberry sauce ahead of time, but I recommend making the whipped feta dip fresh for the best creamy texture. You can make it ahead and store in the fridge in an airtight container, but the texture won’t be as light and creamy as when it’s freshly whipped.

Can I use store-bought cranberry sauce?

It won’t be exactly the same, but you can absolutely use store-bought cranberry sauce to top your feta dip if you prefer.

More holiday-friendly recipes you’ll love

Arugula Pear Salad with Toasted Pecans & Feta Cheese

The Best Apple Pumpkin Crisp

Sweet Potato Casserole with Walnuts and Brown Sugar

Glazed Hot Honey Carrots with Feta Cheese

Crispy Parmesan Carrot Sticks

Creamy Garlic Cottage Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Crispy Smashed Broccoli Parmesan with Lemon and Garlic

Whipped feta dip topped with homemade cranberry sauce and sprinkled with maple syrup and pistachios.

The Best Cranberry Whipped Feta Dip

Creamy whipped feta dip topped with an easy homemade cranberry sauce, sprinkled with chopped pistachios and drizzled with maple syrup.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

Cranberry sauce topping

  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1/3 cup orange juice 100%
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

Whipped feta dip

  • 8 oz feta cheese block cubed or broken into pieces
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup pistachios chopped
  • extra maple syrup for drizzling

Instructions

  • First, start your cranberry sauce by adding cranberries, orange juice, and maple syrup to a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and then immediately turn down to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes until the mixture is reduced and jammy. If it's still too liquidy, continue simmering until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • While the cranberry sauce is cooking, make the feta dip. Put feta cheese, Greek yogurt, cream cheese, garlic, olive oil, and lemon into a food processor. Process on high until the dip is creamy and fully blended. Scrape down the sides intermittently as needed. Add salt to taste if desired.
  • In a bowl, add your finished feta dip, top with the cranberry sauce and then sprinkle with pistachios. Finish with a small drizzle of maple syrup. Serve with crostini, crackers, sliced apples, or sliced pears.
Course: Appetizer

Nutrition

Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 371mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 356IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 177mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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