Three Favorite Sandwich & Cracker Spreads

Three favorite make-ahead spreads, each one fresh and just a little bit surprising. Each one works on its own, either as a spread that makes fabulous sandwiches or a light spread for crackers. All three together, they're a mash-up of color and flavor and texture. This is a great collection!

Three favorite sandwich and cracker spreads

Some people are simply born to entertain – not on stage, not on film, but at home. They make it look so easy, they’re so relaxed!

The trick may be a little up-front effort. So with potlucks, parties and impromptu gatherings filling the year-end calendar, arm yourself with quick, make-ahead spreads that can serve double duty.

Turn an every-day sandwich into something special. Just schmear good bread with one of the spreads, add sliced deli meat and cheese, a leafy green or some sprouts, salt and pepper. Luscious.

Or assemble a cracker plate so impressive your friends will wonder if you’ve slaved in the kitchen. Just fill small ramekins with these spreads and arrange on a platter with crackers and dried fruit. Beautiful.


SUN-DRIED TOMATO SPREAD

Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time-to-table: 2 – 3 hours
Makes 1 cup
  • 8 sun-dried tomato halves (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 roasted red pepper, drained (from a jar)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (toasted if you like)
  • 1 clove shallot
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt to taste

Purée all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Refrigerate for 2 – 3 hours for flavors to meld.

NUTRITION ESTIMATE Per Tablespoon: 36 Calories; 3g Tot Fat; 0g Sat Fat; 2g Carb; 0g Fiber; 95mg Sodium; 0mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 1 point

CRANBERRY ORANGE SPREAD

Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time-to-table: 2 – 3 hours
Makes 1-1/2 cups (when made with cheese)
  • 4 ounces goat cheese (or substitute cream cheese, can eliminate if using only for sandwich spread)
  • 1/2 cup canned whole cranberry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • Zest from an orange
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons horseradish

Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate for 2 – 3 hours for flavors to meld.

NUTRITION ESTIMATE Per Tablespoon 39 Calories; 2g Tot Fat; 1g Sat Fat; 2g Carb; 0g Fiber; 41mg Sodium; 4mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 1 point

ALMOND CILANTRO SPREAD

Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time-to-table: 2 – 3 hours
Makes 2 cups
  • 1 cup almonds, skins on
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat sour cream
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 medium jalapeño, seeds and membrane removed
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • Zest from 1 lime
  • Juice from 2 limes (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Purée all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Refrigerate for 2 – 3 hours for flavors to meld.

NUTRITION ESTIMATE Per Tablespoon: 34 Calories; 3g Tot Fat; 0g Sat Fat; 1g Carb; 1g Fiber; 90mg Sodium; 1mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 1 point

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