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Hot Peach Vidalia Cheese Spread

Hot Peach Vidalia Cheese Spread

I rode the bike to church Sunday, and one of the first persons I ran into was my friend Loanna.  She was looking all forlorn because she said she had brought me something and wasn’t sure I could carry it on the bike. I got all excited because Loanna is known for her absolutely fabulous caramel corn that she makes with corn puffs (the inspiration for my Chicago Style Cashew Crunch).  Every once in a while, I’ll come in to the sanctuary on Sunday morning to find a surprise bag of it sitting on the piano.  Score!

Well, imagine my surprise when she handed me a bag of onions instead!  I wanted to say wait, that’s not caramel corn!  But then she went on to explain that her daughter had been in town from Georgia and had brought them a huge bag of Vidalia onions.  Then she had my attention;  I love the sweetness of Vidalia onions.  In fact, they are so sweet, that Loanna says she eats hers raw with just a little salt.  I had an uncle once who used to eat them like apples.  Now that’s sweet!

I prefer them cooked, myself.  Now that it’s grilling season, I wrap them in foil, with some olive oil and salt, and place them on indirect heat for a good hour.  When I open the packet, I’m met with a creamy soft, sweet-as-candy pile of onion-y goodness.  Then they’re ready to serve as adornments for chicken, burgers, eggs, you name it.  Heck, at that point, all I need is a spoon!

But this time, I decided to make a cheese spread with them.  And since peaches are also in season (hey, another Georgia specialty!), it seemed like a great idea to combine them, along with smoky bacon and crunchy pecans.  I do believe the state of Georgia would be proud.  Thanks, Loanna!

Need help with peeling those peaches?  This Zippy Tip video shows a good technique:  How to Peel a Peach

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Hot Peach Vidalia Cheese Spread
 
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Ripe juicy peaches and sweet Vidalia onions are the star in this hot creamy cheese spread, studded with smoky bacon and crunchy pecans.
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Recipe type: Dips/Spreads
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 2 large peaches, peeled and diced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seed
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • assorted crackers

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until crisp. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towel. Put onion into skillet and sauté for 7-8 minutes, or until tender. Add peaches and salt and continue to sauté for 3-4 minutes longer. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In large bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, smoked paprika and poppy seed. Stir in bacon and onion/peach mixture. Spray a 1-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spread cheese mixture into dish. Sprinkle pecans on top. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25-30 minutes.
  3. Let rest 5 minutes before serving with crackers.
  4. Makes 3 cups

Notes
Recipe by Jazzy Gourmet Cooking Studio at http://jazzygourmetblog.com
© 2013 Sherry Klinedinst
All rights reserved. Repost with permission only.

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