This is an easy dip that you can whip up for the holidays or for game night or for just anytime. The roasted pecans give it a delicious crunch. Sharp White Cheddar Cheese and freshly grated Parmesan Cheese add a zesty bite. Serve with apples, or cucumbers or your favorite crackers. I like it with Trader Joe’s Pita Crisps with Cranberries and Pumpkin Seeds crackers.
An easy and delicious Cream Cheese Based dip for holiday parties, serve with fresh veggies, sliced apples and or crackers.
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 6 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
- 4 ounces Parmesan, shredded (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Fine salt
- Finley chopped chives, for garnish ( I used French Thyme )
- Sliced apples, pears, cucumbers, celery and/or butter crackers, for dipping
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spread the pecans out on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake, tossing once, until very golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Let cool, then very finely chop.
- Process the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Cheddar, Parmesan cheese and cayenne in a food processor until the mixture is mostly smooth.
- Transfer to a large mixing bowl, stir in the pecans and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
- (The dip can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 1 day.)
- Spoon the dip into a serving dish, and garnish with chives.
- Serve with sliced apples, pears, cucumbers, celery and/or butter crackers for dipping.
Recipe adapted from the Cooking Channel.
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