Nutty Cheese Spread with Fruit Chutney

Crunchy nuts complement the creamy cheese in an easy spread that's topped with lovely fruit chutney.

Yield

16 servings

Ingredients

3/4 cup diced dried fruit and raisin mixture (from 7-ounce package)
1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 cup apple cider
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
crackers, if desired

Directions

Mix all ingredients except walnuts, cream cheese and crackers in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until fruit is plump and mixture is thick. Cover and refrigerate about 1 hour or until completely cooled.

Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°F (177°C). Spread walnuts on baking sheet. Bake 5 to 7 minutes, stirring twice, until light golden brown; cool.

Mix walnuts and cream cheese in medium bowl. Spread cream cheese mixture in 1/2-inch-thick layer on serving plate. Top with chutney. Serve with crackers.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 1 hour
Bake Time: 7 minutes

Additional Information

This spiced fruit chutney can be made several days ahead. Be sure to keep it covered in the refrigerator.

Make extra chutney, package it in a pretty jar and give it as a hostess gift. It is delicious served with turkey or ham.

Toasting nuts brings out the subtle flavor of nuts and also makes them more crunchy.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Serving): Calories 90 (Calories from Fat 55), Total Fat 6 g (Saturated Fat 3 g, Cholesterol 15 mg; Sodium 45 mg; Total Carbohydrate 7 g (Dietary Fiber 1 g, Protein 2 g; Carbohydrate Choices: 1/2

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