Yield: 8 servings

Savory Warm Apple Dip

Sharp cheddar and cream cheeses, toasted pecans, chopped Hatch green chile, and scallions complement fine diced apples, while cinnamon and cumin bring vibrant Latin flavor to this eclectic dip.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces neufchatel or cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups fine diced apples (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup toasted and chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped green chile (optional)
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar, grated
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

Instructions

  1. Set the neufchatel or cream cheese out to soften.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  3. Prep the other ingredients.
  4. Add the neufchatel or cream cheese and grated sharp cheddar to a bowl. Combine.
  5. Stir in the remaining ingredients until well combined.
  6. Spray a smallish oven proof baking dish (see photos above) with cooking spray. Add the apple mixture, using a spatula or wooden spoon to press evenly across the bottom.
  7. Cook 25-30 minutes (varies according to how thick it is in your pan). You may want to test a piece of apple. It should be just beginning to brown and apples should be soft. Add grated cheese as desired, and bake an additional 5 minutes or so until melted.
  8. Serve warm with toasted flatbread (my preference), pita chips, or other dipper.

Notes

A fine dice is preferable for the apple. I also made this with very thin slices. It's easier to scoop up if it's a fine dice. A large dice will require more cooking time. I have a new toy that makes this process really quick and easy! Any manual food chopper should work.

I like a super thin whole wheat pizza crust brushed with olive oil, cut in rectangles (pizza cutter works great), and sprinkled with fresh thyme and/or sage. Bake with the dip, but keep an eye on it!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154 Total Fat: 11g Carbohydrates: 10g Protein: 6g
Nutrition is an approximation and for reference purposes only!