Party Panache, Cranberry Swiss Almond Holiday Spread

This spread is perfect for the upcoming holidays,

a yummy pre-Thanksgiving nibble

or a colorful red and green Christmas party dip

Saturday we had our first fire of the season

and watched football on the patio with friends and family

HHjr had a pork shoulder on the grill

and we noshed on this dip as it was cooking

It’s full of Buttery Almonds, Swiss cheese, cranberries,

green onions and everyone’s favorite, bacon!

It’s all blended together with whipped cream cheese with chives,

mayonnaise, mustard and a dash of garlic

Once the condiments are blended,

stir in the cheese

Then all the good stuff gets folded in

This recipe is just the right amount to fill a deep quiche or pie dish

The Buttery Almonds are an extra step that is very worth taking

It only takes a few minutes to saute them

with butter, brown sugar and salt

for a sweet and savory treat

{ they’re wonderful on salads and vegetables also!}

Some are blended in with the other dip ingredients

and then more are added on top once the dish is baked

Serve with crackers and a knife for spreading

Buttery Almonds

These sweet and savory almonds are a wonderful addition to salads, vegetables and party dips. They only take a few minutes to make and can be stored in a jar and will stay fresh for weeks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cool 15 minutes
Course condiment
Cuisine American


  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • brown sugar
  • kosher salt


  • Saute almond slices in a large skillet in butter and Olive oil over medium heat
  • Sprinkle the nuts liberally with brown sugar and Kosher salt.
  • The brown sugar will melt and caramelize on the nuts. Stir often and watch carefully so the nuts don’t burn. Don't walk away, this literally only takes 3-4 minutes
  • When they have begun to brown turn out onto wax paper or foil to cool. Store in a jar in your pantry or freezer. Makes 2 cups.


I buy the almonds in bulk at Costco and keep the big bag in the freezer. I make a fresh jar of these every few weeks to be handy for cooking.
Keyword almonds, buttery almonds, sweet and savory almonds

Cranberry Swiss Almond Holiday Spread is adapted from A Taste of Home

Cranberry Swiss Almond Holiday Spread

This flavorful dip is perfect any time you want something warm and cheesy, but it's especially good for Thanksgiving and Christmas, with the cranberries and red and green colors. Serve it with crackers or baguette slices and watch it disappear!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American


  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream cheese with chives
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • dash garlic powder
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked
  • 12 oz. swiss cheese, grated
  • 2 oz. dried cranberries
  • 1 cup Buttery Almonds,* divided


  • Combine mayonnaise, whipped cream cheese, garlic and mustard in a large mixing bowl
  • Add Swiss cheese and mix well
  • Add green onions, bacon pieces, cranberries and 1/2 cup almonds
  • Place mixture in a greased deep dish quiche pan or casserole
  • At this point the dip can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours for baking later if desired
  • Bake dip at 325 degrees for 25 minutes or until heated through. Serve with crackers or baguette slices


*Buttery Almonds are almonds that have been browned in equal parts butter and olive oil, with brown sugar and salt
Keyword bacon and cheese dip, Christmas appetizer, cranberries, holiday appetizer, swiss almond dip, Thanksgiving

Party perfect any time of year, but especially for Thanksgiving

and the upcoming December holidays!

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

 Sundays on Silverado  Love Your Creativity 

 What’s for Dinner Between Naps on the Porch 

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

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35 Responses to “Party Panache, Cranberry Swiss Almond Holiday Spread”
  1. lulu says:

    The cranberries add touches of red perfect for watching Bama football. It looks like UGA may be top dawg this year.

  2. BERNADETTE says:

    YUM! Pretty and delicious.

  3. The variety of tastes and textures is great in this. I’m sure it disappears rather quickly!

  4. Cheese, bacon and lots of cranberries and nuts…what’s not to love this festive dip?

  5. Not-your-granny’s -cheeseball. – very good!

  6. I might have to whip this up for our December Cork Poppers — it looks so festive. I wonder if you could replace (or add) green pistachios instead of almonds to play off the red and green? I’ll experiment! Thanks, Jenna!

  7. lghiggins says:

    I am trying to include more almonds in my diet to help lower cholesterol. Since the jury is still out on saturated fats, we’ll just assume the bacon is OK.😉This recipe sounds seriously delicious!

  8. Nancy says:

    Loaded with yumminess! Love all the combinations of flavor, crunch and overall seasonal deliciousness! Thank you!

  9. Ricki Treleaven says:

    Thanks, Jenna. I’m pinning it on my appetizers board, and I think it would be perfect for Christmas with the colors.

  10. Sounds ~really~ good, and the whipped cream cheese probably makes it easy to mix too:@)

  11. I really like the sound of this with those ingredients. Great for Saturday football, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Thanks, Jenna, saving the recipe!

  12. Cyndi Raines says:

    I’m in! Love every ingredient! Can’t wait to try this! 😋 Thank you!

  13. Beautiful presentation Jenna and I bet yummy. You are so fortunate to have HHjrwho also loves to cook. Lots of great recipes here.

  14. Mary says:

    Yum Jenna! Such a versatile dip too changing out the variety of cheese and nuts. It looks like it’s the perfect weather this week to crank up your outdoor fireplace too. 🙂

  15. Kitty says:

    What a fabulous dip for the holidays, Jenna. I can hardly wait to make this. I make similar almonds and yes, they’re so tasty on salads, too.

  16. Miz Helen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us on Full Plate Thursday 563, we featured it! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  17. Sandi Magle says:

    Oooh, I’m so glad I popped back to a few posts and found this…HAVE TO make the spread…oh, my, my family will go nuts. Happy food time, and holidays! Hugs, Sandi

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