Party Panache, Holiday Apps in a Snap

As much as I hate to re-live this fateful day,

We had some tasty noshes

and I want to share these “apps in a snap”

for the busy days ahead!

White Cheddar Cranberry Almond Spirals were created with Alabama red and white in mind

And the Figgy Bleu Spread symbolized Auburn’s blue and orange

HH and HHjr are Alabama alums but our son in law, NG is an Auburn guy so I try to be fair

The simple spirals were made with a combo of white cheddar*, Italian blend or Parmesan, dried cranberries and sliced almonds**

*if you have a Trader Joe’s try the Unexpected Cheddar Cheese, it’s very tasty

**I used a package of Honey Roasted Almonds with Cranberries from the section with salad dressings and toppings

If you spread a thin layer of butter on the pie dough before topping it will help the cheese and toppings stick to the dough, which I realized after I cut the slices…

But I just smushed them together and it worked fine  ๐Ÿ˜‚

This Figgy Bleu Spread is very effortless, 3 ingredients

Put cubes of cream cheese in a small greased baking dish and top with bleu cheese

Put the dish in the oven for 15 minutes to melt cheeses and then stir

Top with fig jam

Return to oven for another 15 minutes, then spread jam into an even layer over the top

You can garnish this with chopped walnuts or pistaschios if desired

๐Ÿท  or BACON  ๐Ÿฅ“

White Cheddar Cranberry Spirals

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Servings 12 spirals


  • 1 refrigerated pie crust dough round
  • dried cranberries
  • sliced almonds
  • 4 oz White cheddar grated
  • 2 oz. grated Parmesan or Italian Blend cheese
  • 2 T soft butter optional


  • Roll out dough to thin a little and form into more of a rectangle. Spread with a thin layer of butter to help the cheese stick if desired. Sprinkle cheeses in a thick even layer on dough. Top with cranberries and almonds. Roll up into a long log, as tightly as possible.
  • Cut into 3/4โ€ณ slices and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes or until pie crust is golden
  • Makes 12-14 slices

Figgy Bleu Spread

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups


  • 8 0 z cream cheese softened {light is fine, but don’t use non fat}
  • 4 oz bleu cheese cut into pieces
  • 4 oz fig jam {Dalmatia Fig Spread is my favorite}
  • 2 oz chopped walnuts or pistachios


  • Cube cream cheese and place in a small greased baking dish.ย 
  • Top with bleu cheese pieces and bake at 325 for 15 minutes.ย 
  • Remove from oven and stir to combine cheeses.ย  Top with dollops of fig spread.ย  Return to oven and bake for 15 minutes more, or until bubbling.ย 
  • Spread jam into an even layer over the top.ย  Garnish with nuts if desired.ย  Serve with crackers, baguette slices, apple slices.
Keyword appetizer spread, bleu cheese bun, easy dip, fig & blue cheese spread, fig jam, party appetizer

Fa la la!

Thanks for stopping by!

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22 Responses to “Party Panache, Holiday Apps in a Snap”
  1. Jodi says:

    At least it was a yummy loss

  2. So many delicious options here, who needs dinner!

  3. Rita C. says:

    Those look good, Jenna. Boy, I bet the situation in your home was tense. Wonder if NG was there, or did he call to rub it in? Sorry for the loss, still wondering if AL has completely lost the chance at Natl Champ. It would appear, now that UGA beat Auburn.

  4. Jenna, I canโ€™t even stand to think of THAT day! The cranberry spirals look so good! You always have the most amazing food prepared for every occasion!

  5. thefrenchhutch says:

    Our bet bet, don’t think about the game ๐Ÿ™ just the food! And, yum, the food looks delicious. I love figgy jam and I think this would be a great recipe for making when friends drop in during the holidays. Thanks Jenna

  6. Sharon Mann says:

    Everything looks delicious!

  7. I am back again to say we made it in the playoffs, RTR!

  8. I LOVE trader Joe’s unexpected cheddar – great flavor – I might try the spirals!

  9. I am going to have to try these!

  10. Lynn says:

    I’d even munch on a spiral for breakfast:@)

  11. Ricki Treleaven says:

    I need to make the figgy bleu spread for the Sugar Bowl! Roll Tide Roll!

  12. Those spirals look pretty darned good — and really easy! And I’m a sucker for bleu. Thanks for the tip on the unexpected cheese. Next time I get to a TJ’s I’ll try it!

  13. Mary says:

    We would love the figgy blue spread Jenna and the spirals too! I’m driving into Charlotte for an appointment on Wednesday and making a pit stop at a nearby Trader Joe’s! They have the best selection and price on cheese. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Miz Helen says:

    What a great collection of holiday appetizers, these look amazing! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

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