Apple-Sage Cheese Spread

sage and cheddar web

I am FINALLY back to apples, thanks to my friends at the West County Independent. My apple recipes and photos were lost in the most recent Great Tinky Computer Debacle, but the wonderful Ginny and Kim have retrieved some of them from an article I wrote for the paper.
So–here is the apple-cheddar spread I promised a couple of weeks ago. It is creamy and refreshing on crackers or even on apples. If you don’t have fresh sage, you may use dried, but fresh is best.
1/2 small red onion, peeled and finely chopped
a small amount of butter for sautéing
1 medium apple, cored and sliced but not peeled
4 ounces (1/2 brick) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup (packed) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
6 to 10 fresh sage leaves, depending on taste, finely chopped (plus additional unchopped sage for garnish)
In a small, nonstick frying pan, sauté the onion pieces in the butter until they start to soften.
Add the apple pieces. Cook and keep stirring until they are slightly soft as well.
Beat the cheeses together with a mixer or a wooden spoon. Stir in the apples, onion pieces, and chopped sage.
Place the mixture in a bowl. Chill for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend; then bring the spread to room temperature before serving.
Makes just under two cups, more or less, depending on the size of your apple.
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5 Responses to “Apple-Sage Cheese Spread”

  1. Julie says:

    This sounds quite yummy! I bet it would even be good on one’s morning bagel. I just happen to have all of the ingredients on hand (many fresh and local), so am going to try this on Halloween!

  2. Commonweeder says:

    Delicious sounding recipe. I’m going to see if Sheila can provide me with goat cheese substitutions for us poor lactose intolerant types.

  3. tinkyweisblat says:

    What an outstanding idea! I think I might have to get some of her chevre soon and try this. Thanks, Commonweeder……..

  4. David Locke says:

    Something about “Autumn” and “Sage” just seems to go together. Sounds delicious.

  5. Jim Littrell says:

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm…great for our post-church service food and fellowship time!!!