Saturday, May 25, 2013
Cheesecake Fruit Dip
Hubby and I went to a friend's house for dinner last night. It's fairly customary with our friends that we usually bring dessert since I have a "thing" for baking and all things sweet. And last night was no different. Except there was no time for baking. I had about an hour at home, after stopping by the grocery store, before we had to leave for dinner. I kept thinking I could quick whip up a batch of cookies. But cookies just weren't doing it for me.
It hit me on the way to the grocery store.
Perfect! Why didn't I think of it sooner?
Years ago Hubby and I went to a dinner party. A fancy, catered, dinner party that my boss at the time hosted at her home. The spread was impressive and delicious. Though I don't recall most of what was served, one thing stood out. A wonderful, creamy, cheesecake like dip in the midst of a tray of the most beautiful ripe plump strawberries. What a heavenly little bite. I had never had anything like it. I couldn't get enough and must have eaten at least a dozen.
So simple yet so memorable.
I have made a few variations of this dip over the years. The original recipe had sour cream in it, however I used Greek yogurt last night and this new version will be my go to recipe from now on. The dip has body but is light enough to easily dip into. It comes together in minutes and couldn't be easier to make.
It's a blank canvas for whatever cheesecake combination you can dream up. Fruit, such as a strawberries, green apples, nectarines, pineapples and grapes are all great choices. Chocolate wafer cookies, shortbread cookies or graham crackers also pair nicely. And if you want to go salty, try dipping in pretzels and topping them with a slice of fruit.
Though I haven't done this yet, I had the idea of placing a small bowl of graham crackers crumbs on the serving platter along with the fruit and cheesecake dip. Plunge your fruit in the cheesecake dip then swipe it through the graham cracker crumbs for the total cheesecake experience. Definitely trying that next time.
If you are heading to a Memorial Day BBQ this weekend cheesecake fruit dip is an easy crowd pleasing dessert. I'm quite certain you wouldn't come home with any leftovers.
Cheesecake Fruit Dip
from The Ginger Snap Girl
8 ounce package of cream cheese
6 ounces plain non fat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Place all ingredients in a deep medium sized bowl. Using a hand mixer, starting on low and increasing to medium high speed, blend until fully combined and creamy, about 2 minutes.
Can be made two days ahead. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Serve with fresh fruit, cookies, graham crackers or whatever your heart desires!