This dip takes everything that's wonderful about a cheese balls - cheese-spiked cream cheese base, herbs, nuts - and leaves out the fussy ball formation. Because dipping into a bowl with fruit and vegetable slices is easier than wielding a cheese knife when your eyes are glued to the big game.
Recipe courtesy of Cooking Channel
Cheddar-Pecan Dip
Total:
30 min
Active:
10 min
Yield:
3 cups
Level:
Easy
Total:
30 min
Active:
10 min
Yield:
3 cups
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 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 Swiss cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Fine salt
  • Finley chopped chives, for garnish
  • Sliced apples, pears, celery and/or butter crackers, for dipping

Directions

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, Swiss 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, celery and/or butter crackers for dipping.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Creamy Curried-Pumpkin Dip

Recipe courtesy of Cooking Channel

Caramelized Onion and Sage Dip

Recipe courtesy of Cooking Channel

Peppadew Dip

Recipe courtesy of Siba Mtongana

Crawfish Dip

Tandoori Dip

Recipe courtesy of Bal Arneson

Cooking Tips

How to Poach Eggs Perfectly

Watch videos from Cooking Channel shows and chefs. Learn to prepare feature recipes and relive your favorite moments

On TV

Junk Food Flip

7:30am | 6:30c

Junk Food Flip

8:30am | 7:30c

Emeril's Florida

9:30am | 8:30c

Unwrapped

10am | 9c

Unwrapped

10:30am | 9:30c

Unwrapped

11am | 10c

Unwrapped

11:30am | 10:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

12pm | 11c

Unwrapped 2.0

12:30pm | 11:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

1pm | 12c

Unwrapped 2.0

1:30pm | 12:30c

Unique Eats

2pm | 1c

Unique Eats

2:30pm | 1:30c

Unique Eats

3pm | 2c

Unique Eats

3:30pm | 2:30c

Unique Sweets

4:30pm | 3:30c

Unique Sweets

5:30pm | 4:30c

Unique Sweets

6:30pm | 5:30c

Carnival Eats

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Carnival Eats

8pm | 7c

Carnival Eats

8:30pm | 7:30c

Carnival Eats

9:30pm | 8:30c

Cheap Eats

10pm | 9c

Cheap Eats

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Carnival Eats

12am | 11c

Carnival Eats

12:30am | 11:30c

Carnival Eats

1am | 12c

Carnival Eats

1:30am | 12:30c

Cheap Eats

2am | 1c

Cheap Eats

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c