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Blue Cheese Dip Recipe with Apples, Red Onion and Toasted Pecans

I don’t know about y’all, but for me, the holiday season has already been very busy, but very good, so far.  With so many parties and social engagements, I like to prepare quick and easy recipes.  The less time I’m spending in the kitchen this time of year is the more time I’m spending socializing or just relaxing.  Always remember to relax this time of year when you can.  Really helps reduce stress levels.

Blue Cheese Dip with Apples, Pecans and Red Onion

Anyway, this blue cheese dip recipe perfect for any party and is loaded with tasty ingredients like apples, red onions, garlic and toasted pecans.  The flavors are robust and pleasing, especially when you allow the dip to sit for a couple of hours before serving.  If you must serve immediately, that’s okay, but like all good things, waiting makes it even better.

Apple, pecan and blue cheese dip

I originally came across this recipe in grad school.  This girl Amy brought it to class one night – I think we were having an end of semester Christmas party or something – and I fell in love with it.  The original recipe came off the back of a Triscuit box, but I’ve changed the proportions and some of the ingredients to suit my own tastes better.  So if this dip is familiar, that’s why.

I am a huge fan of all the ingredients in this dish.  We all know of my love of blue cheese from my spate of recipes this fall.  You can see them here, here and here. I love the rich flavor of blue cheese and the depth it adds to recipes.  Also, as I’ve said before, remember to use good quality blue cheese.  It matters!

Ingredients - apples, pecans, red onion, blue cheese

Apples are another one of my favorite foods.  They are so good for you and so tasty.  I try to eat as many apples as I can in the fall since that’s the peak of their seasonality.  I used a Gala apple in this recipe because Galas are my favorite.  They are sweet and soft but also crunchy.  The skin is soft too which I like.  If you’ve not tried them, I recommend them highly.

Pecans, ah pecans.  A true delicacy.  Lightly toasting the pecans puts the nutty flavor out in the forefront of the dip.  An un-toasted nut would get lost in this dip due to its milder nature.  I almost always toast nuts before I use them in cooking because I like the flavor much better than raw nuts.

So now that we’ve covered the flavor boosters, let’s take a step back to the creamy dreamy base of this recipe:  Neufchâtel cheese, sour cream and our dear friend blue cheese.  You’ll want to whip these three up real good in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer.  If you’re serious about cooking, a mixer is imperative. They’re versatile and are well-worth the money you’ll spend on them.

Cream cheese, sour cream and blue cheese all whipped up

As you can see above, whipping the three ingredients together really well before adding the finishing items ensures that the dip is light, fluffy and perfect for dipping chips.  Or veggies. Your call.  Make sure to scrape down the sides of the mixer as needed.  Keeping as much of the mixture as possible down at the bottoms of the bowl ensures even mixing and maximum volume on the final product.

Blue cheese dip with apples, pecans and red onions

Are you ready to get to it?  Good, here’s the recipe…

Yield: 2 cups

Blue Cheese Dip Recipe with Apples, Red Onion and Toasted Pecans

This super creamy blue cheese dip recipe features toasted pecans, crisp apples, red onions and just a touch of garlic. Quick, easy and delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1-8 ounce package Neufchâtel cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup good quality blue cheese, crumbled and divided
  • 1 apple, cored and small diced (your choice on variety)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecan pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic

Method:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer on medium high speed, beat the Neufchatel, sour cream and 1/4 cup of the blue cheese until fluffy and creamy. Stop mixer and scrape sides as needed.
  2. Add the apple, red onion, pecan pieces and garlic and whip on medium speed just until blended. Do not over mix.
  3. When done, fold in the remaining 1/4 cup of blue cheese by hand.
  4. Refrigerate for two hours for best taste.

You can sub cream cheese if you can't find Neufchâtel.

Prep:15 min

Total:2 hour 15 min

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