Cream Cheese Spread with Warm Cherry Sauce

Cream Cheese Cherry Sauce Ingredients:

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).

Cream Cheese Cherry Sauce

Cream Cheese Cherry Sauce Instructions:

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!

Cream Cheese Cherry Sauce Notes:

You can use fresh or frozen cherries for this recipe, but you will save time using frozen.

Place the frozen cherries in a large bowl and thaw at room temperature. Use the liquid in the bowl and reduce the amount of water to one-quarter cup.

Preparation time: 5 minutes (frozen cherries + time to thaw) or 20 minutes (for the fresh cherries)
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4

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