Caramelized Apple-Blue Cheese Spread

This delicious spread made using apple and cheese is a perfect appetizer when served with bread or crackers.

  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 20

1
tablespoon butter
1
teaspoon sugar
2
large firm apples (preferably Fuji or Braeburn), finely chopped (about 2 cups)
1
shallot, finely chopped
1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
4
oz (1 cup) crumbled blue cheese (preferably Maytag or Roquefort)
3/4
cup mayonnaise
3/4
cup sour cream
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
cup chopped pecans
40
slices French bread or crackers

  • 1 In 1-quart saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in sugar until it dissolves, about 20 seconds. Add apples and shallot. Cook 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture turns golden brown and aroma is reminiscent of apple cider. (Do not rush process; color takes a while to form, but the flavor is worth it.) Set aside to cool completely.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix cream cheese, cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream and salt until well blended. Gently stir in cooled caramelized apple mixture and the pecans. Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving. Garnish with additional chopped pecans if desired. Serve with bread or crackers.

Expert Tips

Why it Works: Blue Cheese Blue cheese owes its color to a familiar mold: penicillin. The three most common blues are Roquefort (from France), Gorgonzola (from Italy) and Stilton (from England). Up until quite recently, the process of introducing mold to these cheeses was left to Mother Nature. (Blocks of Roquefort were actually held in ancient caves where the mold lived!) Today the mold spores are usually mixed with the milk or the curd during cheesemaking (the mold is not injected as sometimes thought). Enzymes in the mold that eat and digest milk fat are responsible for the unique flavor of blue cheese. Over time, the mold penetrates the cheese causing “veins” to form and the cheese to become crumbly.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
350
(
Calories from Fat
170),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
19g
19%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
30mg
30%;
Sodium
600mg
600%;
Total Carbohydrate
37g
37%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
8g
8%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.