Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Tried & True Tuesday ~ Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread

Happy New Year!

I have a great share for the first Tried & True Tuesday of 2013. Today's recipe is a copycat and one of my favorite appetizers - Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread. With just a few ingredients (only 5) your family and friends will rave...and I mean rave! If there is one recipe I think you should try from my recipe box, this would be it! This is my number one appetizer request for gatherings is this spread. My friends and family love this stuff!


All you need:  Apricot preserves, cream cheese, bacon, gorgonzola and green onion - that's it!




No words can describe how yummy this stuff is - to die for.  This is my best attempt at recreating The Laundry's Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread in Fenton, Michigan. If you are ever driving by Fenton, MI, you MUST stop by this place! Whenever I'm in Michigan, I always buy a bunch of this spread, put in a cooler and drive it the few hours home. Since I don't live in Michigan and crave this stuff, this was as close as I could get to the original...and it's pretty darn good. 

Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread

(Inspired by The Laundry's Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread)
Print Recipe 
Ingredients
  • 2 8 oz Blocks of Cream Cheese (softened at room temperature)
  • 5 oz Gorgonzola Cheese (crumbled)
  • 3 oz Real Bacon, cooked - (I always cheat and use pre-cooked.  If you make your own, apple wood smoked bacon is the best)
  • 1/4  Cup Green Onion (green section, chopped)
  • 6-8 oz Apricot Preserves (use more for a sweeter taste)
Directions
In a medium size bowl, mix everything together.  Pour in serving dish and allow to chill for 1 hour.  Serve chilled with a fresh baguette or favorite crackers.

Tips  
Use less cream cheese for stronger Gorgonzola taste. 
Use more Apricot Preserves for sweeter taste.
You can use less or more green onion.
Taste test as you make it, to see what you like best.

Thanks for stopping by!
Cheers!



67 comments:

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said...

oh wow this sounds divine. My hubby will flip all his favorite flavors together I would love you to share this at my link party I'm hopping to do a party food feature soon :)

Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl said...

Ooooh, this sounds amazing! I love the pairing of Gorgonzola with apricots - yum! Thanks so much for linking up at What's In Your Kitchen Wednesday!

Christine said...

I gotta try this Mary! Sure looks delicious! I'm going to try to make it the next time I have guests over! YUM!

Crystelle Boutique said...

I bet it's so yummy! It sure looks it in your photo's... Oh my... :)

hugs x
Crystelle

Steph @ The Silly Pearl said...

Oh that sounds so good!

Erin~Just*Grand said...

Visiting from Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage and following you now! This looks really, really good!

Heidi said...

Yum! Bacon and two kinds of cheese? I can't see how that isn't fabulous! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for linking up at One Creative Weekend! Enjoy your weekend.

Our Pinteresting Family said...

That looks amazing! I hope you don't mind that I pinned your recipe to use sometime soon. I am looking forward to trying it out. :) Megan

Food Done Light said...

Lots of my favorite foods in this dip - blue cheese, apricot jam and bacon. You know it is going to be good. Would love for you to share on Thursdays Treasures. http://fooddonelight.com/thursdays-treasures-week-67/

Beth Ezidro said...

Wow that looks so yummy i'm going to make this for my family :)

Angie Walker said...

I love the flavor combination that is in this spread. I am pinning this one and making it for sure. Thank you for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday.

Kim and Julie (Sunflower Supper Club) said...

This looks so stinkin good! The Gorgonzola with the sweet and the salty...oh my! Can't wait to try this. Thanks so much for linking to the Weekend Potluck.
~Kim

Diane said...

What a great combination of sweet, salty, and creamy in this dip. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com said...

Love this! We would love for you to share this at our Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2013/01/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link-party.html?m=1

Lisa said...

Looks so, so good! I don't eat bacon, but I bet it doesn't even need it. Love to try this!

Dawn said...

Oh this sounds so good. Sweet, salty and cheesy...how can you go wrong. Thanks for sharing at Whatcha Whipped Up!

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

Pinned, shared on Facebook, and will be featuring tomorrow :) This looks AMAZING! Thank you SO much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

Lisa said...

Yum - Do you think you could just use dried apricots instead of the preserve?

Mary N said...

Thanks for the invite, Marrisa! I think your husband would LOVE this! Thanks for visiting SLBB!

Mary N said...

Hi Ashley! Thank you and thanks so much for hosting! Hope you're off to a great 2013!

Mary N said...

Hi Christine! Yay, you'll have to tell me what you think! I know you and your guests will LOVE it!!!

Mary N said...

Thank you so much, Crystelle!

Mary N said...

Thank you so much, Steph!

Mary N said...

Hi Erin,

It is so SO good!!!

Thank you so much for visiting SLBB and leaving a sweet comment!

Mary N said...

Hi Heidi! I can't tell you how yummy this stuff is...it's that good! If you like the ingredients, you will love this spread!

Thank you so much for visiting SLBB!

Mary N said...

Hi Megan - Pin AWAY! Thank you! If you try it, please stop by and let me know what you think! Thanks so much for visiting SLBB!

Mary N said...

Thanks for the invite! This dip isn't light, but you could easily make it lighter :)

Thanks for the sweet comment and for visiting SLBB!

Mary N said...

HI Beth!

If you make it, please stop by and let me know what you think! If you like the ingredients, I KNOW you will love this spread!

Thanks for visiting SLBB!

Mary N said...

Hi Angie! Thanks so much for the Pin! If you make this...I know you will LOVE IT! It is ALL my girlfriends' favorite thing I make. If you like the ingredients, you will love this recipe! Everyone will ask how to make it! :)

Thank you for visiting SLBB! Hope you are off to a wonderful 2013!

Mary N said...

Hi Kim - I promise, it is as good, actually BETTER than it sounds! If yo like all the ingredients, you will love this spread! If you make it, please stop by and let me know what you think!

Thank so much for visiting! Hope you are having a great week!

Mary N said...

Hi Diane!

Thank you for hosting the party! This spread is so yummy, I even made a naan pizza with the same ingredients for the topping - it was a huge hit! Perfect combination!

Thank you so much for visiting SLBB! Hope you are having a great week!

Mary N said...

Hi Lisa,

That is a good question! If you used dried apricots that are sweetened, I think it would taste great! You really need the sweetness for the this combination to work. I've always thought about adding dried apricots ALONG with the apricot preserves...think I'll add some the next time I make the spread! When I do, I'll stop by and reply to your comment and let you know how it worked!

Thanks so much for visiting SLBB! Hope you are having a great week!

Mary N said...

You are so sweet, Trish! Thank you so much!

YOU MUST TRY THIS! I PROMISE, if you like all the ingredients, you will LOVE this recipe!

If you make this, please let me know what you think :)

Hope you have a great week!

Mary N said...

Thank you for the invite, Jill, I'm linked up to the party!

Thanks so much for visiting SLBB! Hope you are having a great week!

Mary N said...

Hi Lisa -

You could try a bacon substitute, like tofu bacon for the salty and sweet combo...I have often used tofu bacon for BLTs and I love it!

Thanks for the sweet comment and for visiting SLBB!

Mary N said...

Thank you, Dawn! YOu are right, you can't go wrong with this stuff...it's just really REALLY hard to stop eating it! :)

Thanks for the sweet comment and visit!

Stella Marie said...

This sounds so amazing!! Pinning this for a rainy day! :-)

Meg said...

Featuring this delicious recipe on this weeks All Star Block Party!

http://www.nutmegplace.com/2013/01/all-star-block-party-31.html

Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel said...

This recipe looks amazing! So wonderful that we have featured you this week at Wonderful Food Wednesday.

We hope you'll come back and link up lots of other wonderful recipes.

Kerrie
www.familyfoodandtravel.com

Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel said...

We are featuring this fantastic recipe at Wonderful Food Wednesday.
Hoping you'll come by and link up lots of other fantastic culinary creations.

Kerrie
www.familyfoodandtravel.com

Michelle said...

This looks amazing! Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursday...You've been featured! Drop by this week and grab an "I was featured" button and share anymore amazing ideas you have.

Thanks!
Michelle @ www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

Karly said...

Oh my goodness, the colors in that spread are just GORGEOUS!

Thanks so much for linking up to What's Cookin' Wednesday!

The Quiet Mom said...

What an easy recipe to make, plus looks soo good!

Hopping by. I blog @ Getting Healthy with Essential Oils

I am also inviting you to join Tiddle Diddle Handmade Shoppe's first giveaway event.

Angie Generose said...

Oh my gosh, this looks unbelievable! What a great flavor combination - apricots and gorgonzola.

I host a link party every Thursday - I'd love you have you join and share this.

Thank you for the great post!

-Angie
www.easylivingmom.com

Sherry said...

Looks delicious.
Sherry

Jocie@TheBetterHalf said...

This looks so delicious! I can't wait to try it, and thanks so much for linking it up at The Better Half! Be sure to grab a button when you get a chance.

Cindy Gordon said...

I am so glad you came and linked up! YUM!
Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

Be sure to check out the winning entry this week for our Better Batter Giveaway! The winner will be announced Thursday evening!


See you there!

Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

SO delish! I will be featuring this for sure! Thanks for linking up to my link party! :)

Emily Thompson said...

this looks great! Not sure what I think of the Gorgonzola cheese, but I would give it a try :o) Thanks so much for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations. Just wanted to let you know that you will be featured at this weeks party!
http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/01/roasted-garlic-and-taseful-tuesday-party.html

Jenn said...

This looks AMAZING... pinned!

Found you via the link-up at Naptime Creations... following :)

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Jen @ Jens Favorite Cookies said...

Wow, this looks SO good!! I definitely need to give it a try!

Mary N said...

Thank you, Stella! I hope it rains ;) !

Mary N said...

Thanks for the sweet words and invite...I'll be sure to stop by, but I think I may be late for the giveaway. Thank you so much for visiting SLBB!

Mary N said...

:) THANK SO MUCH FOR THE FEATURE, Meg, and thanks so much for co-hosting the party!

Mary N said...

Hi Michelle - THANK YOU so much for the feature. Sorry I am just replying now! I love your parties! Thanks for hosting each week! I hope you are having a great start to 2013!

Mary N said...

THANK YOU, KERRIE! So fun! I stopped by last week and left a message, but wanted to say thank you again!

Mary N said...

Hi Steph,

I hope you try this one day, it is so so yummy! Thanks for foR thinking it was good enough for a feature :) That is awesome! Thanks for hosting the party! I hope you are having a great week!

Mary N said...

Hi Emily - just like blue cheese, not everyone likes the taste of gorgonzola. But if you do like the ingredients - (they may sounds strange mixed), they really work wonderful together! My girlfriends LOVE this stuff!!! Thank you so much for the feature. I am so sorry I am just getting to your message now...it has been a hectic week and I am playing catch up! THANK YOU FOR THE FEATURE!!! And thank you for hosting the party!

Mary N said...

You are so sweet, Cindy, THANK YOU! So sorry I am just getting to your message now. Thank you for hosting Gluten Free Fridays! I hope to be linking up to this week's party! I hope you are having a wonderful week.

Mary N said...

Thank you, Sherry! It really is the yummiest spread!

Mary N said...

Thank you so much! I have button!!! :) Thanks for hosting The Better Half!

Mary N said...

Hi Karly,

Thank you - it tastes WAY better than it looks. Thanks for hosting What's Cookin' Wednesday. I'm running so behind this week! I hope to make it to next week'd party! Thanks for the sweet comment and visit!

Mary N said...

Hi Jenn - Thank you!!! I will be following back :) Thanks so much for the pin and super sweet comment! I hope you are having a great week! Cheers!

Mary N said...

I hope you try it, Jen! If you like the ingredients, I know you will love this spread! Thank you so much for visiting SLBB! I hope you have a great night!

Cindy Gordon said...

I am very happy to feature this recipe as one of the favorites at Gluten Free Fridays! We have a "I've been featured" button located on our "Gluten Free Fridays" tab and we'd love it if you'd add it to your post or blog! Thanks for sharing your glutenfree post!
Cindy

You can find your button here: http://vegetarianmamma.com/gluten-free-fridays/

Style Sisters said...

Oooooh I am drooling....this sounds so good! Come link up to centerpiece Wednesday on my blog.
Karin

Em Sleath said...

Tried it and LOVED it, I love The Laundry, but I actually preferred this and it tastes better the next day!