Last night, we were getting ready to leave for our weekly Meaty Mondays get-together (a local gathering here of 6-8 families — each family brings meat for the grill and side or dessert to share). We were planning to bring corn on the cob and Jesse was going to roast it in the oven (he makes this delicious recipe that everyone loves!).
Well, he pulled the corn on the cob out and realized that some of it was moldy. Yuck!
So I quickly scanned the fridge looking for a Plan B. I saw we had a package of cream cheese I’d purchased for another recipe a few weeks back that I hadn’t ended up making. And I saw we had peanut butter and two bags of apples that we’d just bought at the store this week.
That’s when I remembered this yummy Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Apple Dip that I used to make way back when. For a few years, it was one of our go-to recipes when we hosted guests or needed to bring a side dish somewhere.
I’m not sure when the recipe sort of fell by the wayside at our house, but I figured it was high time I resurrected it. Especially since I needed a side dish in a jiffy last night and wasn’t coming up with a lot of other quick and easy options.
It ended up being the hit recipe last night… and I decided I’ll likely be making it a lot more often. I love that it’s fairly inexpensive (all the ingredients can be purchased at ALDI — which is always a plus!), serves a crowd, and always gets rave reviews.
Plus, the recipe is very forgiving. Last night, I didn’t measure at all. I just dumped some ingredients in a bowl, stirred, taste-tested, and added a few more ingredients until it was “just right”.
Here’s the basic recipe I work from:
Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Apple Dip
- 1 8 oz. package cream cheese
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup powered sugar (you can also use brown sugar)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1-3 Tablespoons milk (adjust this depending upon how thick or creamy you’d like the dip to be)
Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl with beaters until smooth. Add more milk or sugar, if needed.
Serve with sliced apples… or just eat it plain.
Oh and I just have to share this picture from last night. My friend, Tam, was getting her food while I was getting mine. And then she looked at our plates and just started laughing. Yup… we might just have a teeny bit of different tastes in food.