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VALENTINE RECIPE: Cherry Nut Dip Or Spread For Crackers Or Veggies

Last year our suggestion of foods for a Valentine’s Day “pink party” was very well received. So we’ll build on that list of pink foods with another recipe this year.

Here’s a dip from the Cherry Marketing Institute, made pink with cherry juice or the stronger cherry juice concentrate. You can also use this cherry recipe to celebrate Washington’s Birthday.

After you make the dip, dilute the extra concentrate to make cherry juice for cocktails or mocktails, and freeze any leftovers into ice cubes and ice pops.

Serve this dip with crackers, toasts or vegetables. We also enjoyed it atop cottage cheese.
 
 
RECIPE: CHERRY NUT SPREAD

Ingredients For 1 Cup (8 Appetizer Servings)

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Cherry nut dip or spread (photo © Choose Cherries).
  • 1 package (8 ounces) regular or reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons tart cherry juice concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped toasted pecans
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme (or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • Toasted bread or assorted crackers
  • Optional garnish: red microgreens*, pink peppercorns
  • Crackers, toasts, crudités
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    Preparation

    1. COMBINE the cream cheese and tart cherry juice concentrate; mix until smooth. Stir in the sugar, pecans and thyme.

    2. REFRIGERATE, covered, 2 to 3 hours or longer, to allow flavors to blend.

    3. USE as a spread on toasted breads or as a dip for assorted crackers, with garnish as desired.
     
     
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    *Amaranth, beet, cabbage, chard, kale, mustard, radish and mustard microgreens have red leaves, stems or both.
      

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