If you are looking for appetizers that are both unique and delicious, cream cheese spread with warm cherry sauce is the perfect option. This appetizer brings together smooth, creamy cream cheese with a sweet-tart saucy topping of cherries.
8 oz. block cream cheese, room temperature
2 c. dark cherries, pitted and chopped
1 T. honey, preferably local
½ t. dried rosemary (or 1½ t. fresh leaves, finely chopped)
¼ t. ground cumin
½ t. ground cinnamon
¼ t. salt
1/3 c. water
¼ c. pecans, roughly chopped
Optional: 1 t. fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
Serve with rice crackers (or other gluten-free crackers).
Place a large, high-sided skillet over medium heat. Add cherries, honey, rosemary, cinnamon, salt, and water. Stir to combine.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced by one half and a thick sauce develops, approximately 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Place the cream cheese on a serving platter and pour half the warm cherry sauce on top. Reserve the remaining sauce to top off the spread, as needed, or serve on the side. Top with chopped pecans and the finely chopped rosemary, if desired. Serve immediately with gluten-free crackers. Enjoy!
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 10 min