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
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
10 min
Cook:
10 min
Yield:
3 cups
Level:
Easy
Total:
30 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
10 min
Cook:
10 min
Yield:
3 cups
Level:
Easy
Total:
30 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
10 min
Cook:
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.

Trending Videos 7 Videos

Get the Recipe

Gabriele's Limoncello 01:28

Gabriele shares his family recipe for a delicious summertime libation.

Similar Topics:

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Maple Pecan Baked Brie

Recipe courtesy of Nealey Dozier

Bacon, Cheddar and Chive Biscuits

Recipe courtesy of Kelsey Nixon

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Five Layer Mexican Dip

Recipe courtesy of Ellie Krieger

Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Cakes

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Deen

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Recipe courtesy of Nealey Dozier

On TV

Late Nite Eats

7:30am | 6:30c

Late Nite Eats

8:30am | 7:30c

Late Nite Eats

9:30am | 8:30c

Cheap Eats

10am | 9c

Cheap Eats

10:30am | 9:30c

Cheap Eats

11am | 10c

Cheap Eats

11:30am | 10:30c

Cheap Eats

12pm | 11c

Cheap Eats

12:30pm | 11:30c

Cheap Eats

1pm | 12c

Cheap Eats

1:30pm | 12:30c

Good Eats

2pm | 1c

Good Eats

2:30pm | 1:30c

Man Fire Food

3:30pm | 2:30c

Man Fire Food

4:30pm | 3:30c

Man Fire Food

5:30pm | 4:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Burgers, Brew & 'Que

8pm | 7c

Burgers, Brew & 'Que

8:30pm | 7:30c

Burgers, Brew & 'Que

9:30pm | 8:30c

Man v. Food

10pm | 9c

Man v. Food

10:30pm | 9:30c

Man v. Food

11pm | 10c

Man v. Food

11:30pm | 10:30c

Burgers, Brew & 'Que

12:30am | 11:30c

Burgers, Brew & 'Que

1:30am | 12:30c

Man v. Food

2am | 1c

Man v. Food

2:30am | 1:30c

Man v. Food

3am | 2c

Man v. Food

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here