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Cherry Pecan Bacon Cheese Dip
This dip has all of my favorites things; cream cheese, bacon, dried cherries and toasted pecans. What more can you ask? Maybe some white chocolate:) Serve this yummy dip with pretzels, pumpernickel pretzels crackers of your choice, celery and/or carrot sticks. The combination of flavors in this dip is delicious. You will definitely score a touchdown with this dip and possible an extra two points.
Most successful and delicious dip recipes are made with a block of cream cheese. What exactly is cream cheese? Thanks to American ingenuity, cream cheese was developed in 1872 by William Lawrence, a Chester, New York dairy farmer. The appellation comes from the smooth, creamy texture of this mildly tangy, spreadable cheese. The soft, unripened cheese is made from cow’s milk.
By law cream cheese must contain at least 33 percent milk fat and not more than 55 percent moisture. For improved firmness and increased shelf life, most cream cheese has added stabilizers. American neufchatel cheese, not to be confused with French Neufchâtel, is slightly lower in calories because of a lower milk fat content, about 23 percent. It also contains slightly more moisture.
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Reduced-fat cream cheese has a milk fat content of between 16.5 and 20 percent. Light or low fat cream cheese can have no more than 16.5 percent milk fat and nonfat cream cheese has zero fat grams. The easily spreadable whipped cream cheese has been made soft and fluffy by air being whipped into it. It has fewer calories per serving than regular cream cheese only because there’s less volume per serving.
A delicious mix of flavors.
- 2 8 oz packages cream cheese, room temperature
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons white vinegar
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 cup minced onion
- 1/4 cup minced green pepper
- 1/3 cup minced dried cherries
- 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans
- 1/4 cup chopped crisp bacon save 1 tablespoon for garnish
In a small saucepan combine butter, vinegar and sugar. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and cooled vinegar mixture. Beat until creamy. Add minced onion and minced green pepper. Beat until well combined. Refrigerate 2 hours. Fold in minced dried cherries, chopped toasted pecans and chopped crispy bacon. Shape mixture into a ball. Place on serving plate, garnish with 1 tablespoon reserved chopped bacon
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