Nutty Cheese Spread with Fruit Chutney

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

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 16

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
package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
Crackers, if desired

  • 1 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.
  • 2 Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°. Spread walnuts on cookie sheet. Bake 5 to 7 minutes, stirring twice, until light golden brown; cool.
  • 3 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.

Expert Tips

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.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
90
(
Calories from Fat
55),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
45mg
45%;
Total Carbohydrate
7g
7%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.