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July 26, 2015

APRICOT CREAM CHEESE DIP WITH BACON AND PECANS

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A sweet and salty cream cheese dip with apricot preserves, bacon, and pecans. Goes great with salty crackers.

Apricot Cream Cheese Dip with Bacon and Pecans
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This was a dip I whipped together last week for our weekend guests. Even though we planned to have dinner with our company shortly after they arrived, I wanted to offer something to nosh on beforehand. But before I knew it, it was the day of and I had not prepared one. It took no time for me to decide on making a dip as it could be assembled rather quickly.

Since there were some cooked bacon in the freezer, it was my staring point. I enjoy the sweet and salty flavor profile when using bacon and started to look for what was to become the rest of my dip. I found some cream cheese, sour cream, and apricot preserves. Bingo!! We have the makings of a great appetizer! With a quick blend of the ingredients in a bowl, my snacking dilemma was resolved. I served the dip with crackers and toasted Portuguese pops (buns) that our guests brought from the bakery. It went over really well, better than I had expected.


Apricot Cream Cheese Dip with Bacon and Pecans

This is quite a tasty little dip with the sweetness from the apricot preserves; tang from the cream cheese and sour cream; and saltiness from the bacon. For you today, I decided to jazz it up a with chopped pecans. The nuts add more texture and a little bit of nutrition. If you are not a nut fan or are allergic, just omit. 

To offset the presence of bacon, I used Neufchâtel cheese and low fat sour cream. I don't think it made a whole lot of difference in terms of fat and caloric count, since eating reduced anything only gives me the go ahead to eat more of it. But using healthier options elsewhere does make me feel better about eating the bacon. Bacon! Bacon! Bacon!

Until next time, have a wonderful week!




APRICOT CREAM CHEESE DIP WITH BACON AND PECANS



INGREDIENTS:

2/3 cup apricot preserves
1/4 cup low fat sour cream
8 oz. Neufchâtel cheese or cream cheese, room temperature
6 strips cooked bacon, room temp and finely chopped
1/4 rounded cup chopped pecans
salty crackers (I use Ritz) for dipping



INSTRUCTIONS:

Place cream cheese and sour cream on a medium mixing bowl. Place apricot preserves in a small microwaveable bowl. Microwave for about 20 seconds to soften. Add to cream cheese and sour cream. Whip smooth. Stir in bacon and pecans. Chill at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers. Makes 6 servings.



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42 comments:

  1. Oh boy! Such a bowl of delicious goodness! Cream cheese, apricots, pecans...it's such a long way to count all my favorite ingredients. I bet I should just mention all the things I don't like. Ha-ha, there's no such a thing here! And I don't know why, but I've though of adding a pinch of smoked paprika. Weird, right? Nicely done!

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    1. I considered adding a spice too, but I thought I would keep it simple. You know, that smoked paprika sounds very interesting! Believe it or not, I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for the idea, Ben!

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  2. This just looks like the perfect combo of flavors! That salty bacon and sweet peach combo is killer! I so need a big bowl of this in front of me :D

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    1. I take bacon in any shape or form, but salty bacon paired with sweet peach or apricot is a winning combination. I'm glad you feel the same way, Kenedy!

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  3. Any kind of cream cheese and bacon appetizer is okay by me! Always have all these ingredients on hand so it's a great one to have in the recipe box. And it has bacon in it!!! :)

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    1. Thanks Karrie. And I'll take it one step further—anything with BACON with okay by me! Haha!

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  4. How original to use preserves in a dip! I have a lot of leftover jam from last year--may have to try this!

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    1. Preserves in dip are delicious! I hope you try it, Inger!

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  5. I'm a huge fan of sweet and savory and this is so perfect for company! Pinning for sure!

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    1. And this really can't get much easier. Thanks for the pin, Kathleen!!

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  6. What an awesome creation! This dip seriously has my mouth watering! :)

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    1. Thank you Samantha! I love it when an impromptu recipe turns out to be a keeper.

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  7. Pre-dinner noshing is always a great idea and you just can't go wrong with bacon! Thank goodness you had everything on hand to make this deliciousness dip!

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    1. You are so right, you can't go wrong with bacon. I was thankful I resisted the temptation to eat the bacon and froze them instead. Precooked bacon made this dip a breeze to put together. :)

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  8. Oh my goodness! That looks amazing. Sweet and salty and delicious!

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  9. Love all the yummy goodies you packed into this dip! The salty bacon and sweet preserves sound amazing! It's perfect for when guests stop by!

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    1. Thanks Kelly. It's the ideal little snack to hold everyone over until the main course.

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  10. LOVE a good sweet and salty dip like this! Such fun flavors!

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  11. What an amazing flavor combination you have here! I love the creamy cheese, the sweet fruit and the amazingly salty bacon! Yum!

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    1. Thanks Shelby! I'm glad my spur-of-the-moment dip came out well.

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  12. There is never enough bacon I can have ;)

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  13. It looks awesome, I have to try it soon, we have so many parties coming up in August. A dip is always a good idea.

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    1. Thanks, Adina! I hope you get a chance to make it. I'd like to know what you think if you do! :)

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  14. I love the idea of a sweet + salty/savory dip. This sounds so tasty!

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    1. I'm glad you like the recipe. Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. OMG- this dip sounds FANTASTIC! You absolutely MUST simply "whip" dishes together more often if THIS is what you produce!! (<-- And totally feel free to come over and empty the contents of my fridge into delicious dips as well!) I seriously LOVE all the flavors you have going on! Sweet, salty, crunchy, creamy and 100% delectable! Who needs dinner when you can nosh on this?? Not I!! Thanks for sharing the YUM, girlfriend! <3 Cheers!
    P.S. I use reduced fat stuff in dips too, because let's face it... I NEED to eat the whole bowl of dip! :)

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    1. Hi Chey! The thing about it is for every success there is probably a disaster that you would rather forget. :) I'd love to clean out your fridge! With all the amazing dishes you create, I have a feeling there will be a few things that accidentally fall into my bag. Haha! And I'm glad we see eye to eye on the reduced fat stuff!

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  16. This is a fabulous dip. Thanks for your sharing it with us. With football season just around the corner. This will be a great dip recipe.

    Velva

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    1. Thanks Velva. It would be a great addition to game day. I hope it does better than our Patriots who are going through a tough time. I hope they get to redeem themselves this season.

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  17. What an awesome idea of sweet, savory and salty dip! Looks awesome!

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  18. I love eating apricots but funnily I have never had apricot jam before adding it to make a dip sounds simply irresistible now!! Must taste so good!

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    1. Thanks, Ami. You should give it a try. You are probably going to like it!

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  19. What a delicious sweet-salty combination! It sounds like one amazing dip!

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  20. I can't wait to make your Apricot Cream Cheese Dip with Bacon, we just love Apricot's. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again soon.
    Miz Helen

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  21. Sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy! So much wonderfulness going on in this dip!

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