I love getting comments on my posts, and I always check out the visitor’s Web site if they enter the information. Last week, Sara from Saucy Dipper (also saucy, also based in Denver) left a note on my Breakfast Casserole post, so I thought I would see what was going on with her site. It turns out that she’s hosting a fun blog event this week called Dipstock. She’s encouraging all dip lovers to submit photos and recipes, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to participate. Initially, I planned to make something savory. When I saw today’s recipe – Peanut Dip with Fruit – in my Colorado Classique cookbook, though, I knew it was The One.
It doesn’t get much easier than this, folks. Here’s the recipe:
Peanut Dip with Fruit
Serves: 6 portions
8 ounces light cream cheese
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 1/4 ounces salted peanuts (3 small packages), finely chopped in food processor
4 Granny Smith or Braeburn apples, cut into wedges
Mix cream cheese, brown sugar, vanilla, and peanuts and refrigerate until chilled. Serve chilled dip in a bowl surrounded by apple wedges.
Oh. Mah. Gawd.
If you ever wished for chunky peanut butter cream cheese, this is it. I love, love, love snacking on apples and peanut butter; this recipe turns that simple concept into an absolutely divine dessert. Now I just need to figure out how to avoid eating the entire recipe straight from the bowl before my husband gets home from work to “help” me with it…
TIPS: At first, I thought I would need a hand mixer to blend the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. My beaters were in the (running) dishwasher, though, so I just mashed everything together with a fork and then used a spatula to stir in the peanuts. Perfection!
Update (7/1/10): Now that I’ve eaten (entirely too much of) this dip when chilled, I disagree with the serving suggestion. I would serve it either right after you make it, or let it come to room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving if you’ve chilled it. It’s still beyond delicious, but it gets pretty firm in the refrigerator.