Cheddar-Pecan Dip

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Total Time:
30 min
10 min
Inactive Prep:
10 min
10 min
3 cups


  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 6 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 4 ounces Swiss cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Fine salt
  • Finley chopped chives, for garnish
  • Sliced apples, pears, celery and/or butter crackers, for dipping


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the pecans out on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake, tossing once, until very golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool, then very finely chop.

Process the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Cheddar, Swiss cheese and cayenne in a food processor until the mixture is mostly smooth. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, stir in the pecans and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt. (The dip can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 1 day.) Spoon the dip into a serving dish, and garnish with chives. Serve with sliced apples, pears, celery and/or butter crackers for dipping.

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