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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Creamy Grape Salad Dessert



I just love desserts that masquerade as "salads” or, is it salads that pretend to be “desserts” ~ and Aunt Phyl too!


I’m sure most of you have an “Aunt Phyl.”  Back in Ohio, my parents and many others have passed on ~ Aunt Phyl is the one who keeps the remainder of us connected; us cousins, in particular.  

This isn’t her only good quality; she’s also fun-loving, has a really keen sense of humor, always wears a smile on her face and, she knows a great recipe when she meets one!  Everyone needs an Aunt Phyl just like mine!

Aunt Phyl & Uncle Jake 

Aunt Phyl sent me an email a few days ago, telling me about this dessert which was served at her euchre club recently.  I read the recipe, rushed to the grocery store, and hurried home to get this salad made.  It is sinful!


Those crunchy pecans and the rich brown sugar are the special finishing touches, hiding the grapes below, in a creamy smooth sauce.   Who ever thought of combining grapes with cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and pecans?  This has a plethora of textures and the colors are good too, especially if you use red grapes.  It can be made a day ahead of time as well.

This can be a salad served on greens or it can be a yummy treat for dessert.  Even though, it has grapes in it, and no apples, the flavors remind me of a caramel apple at the county fair or at Halloween time.  This will be a great ambrosial dish for our cook-outs this summer, or a potluck, and yours too! 

Just beware ~ no matter whether it’s a salad or a dessert ~ it’s HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!!!






Creamy Dessert Grape Salad

Ingredients:

3-4 pounds of seedless grapes, red or green
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
8 ounces sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup sugar (or Splenda)

Topping:
2/3 cup brown sugar (or 1/3 cup Splenda brown sugar)
1 cup chopped pecans

Method:

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
Add grapes to the sauce and combine well.
Top grapes with brown sugar.
Sprinkle pecans over all.
Refrigerate a few hours or make the day before.
Mix together before serving.
Makes about 8-10 servings

It’s heavenly luscious!!!

Thank you, Aunt Phyl!

Is there an “Aunt Phyl” in your family, or are you “Aunt Phyl?”



Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog, @My Kind of Cooking for great tips and delicious easy recipes!






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29 comments:

  1. you bet i've got an aunt phyl aka lizzie and i've had her grape salad. now i have the recipe. thanks!

    best,
    bnnie

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  2. I wish I had an aunt Phyl, I am the last of our family line and my parents were both only children!! This Grape salad sounds wonderful. Diane

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  3. Bonnie, woo hoo for you with lizzie! I love this grape salad and it sounds like you do also!

    Diane, wow! Thankfully, there was no shortage of aunts, uncles and cousins in my family. I hope you try the grape salad, it's delicious!

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  4. I love grape salad, and I got the recipe from my Aunt Pat.

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  5. my grandma used to make this and we loved it growing up! anne

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  6. Linda, isn't it great!

    annie, it's good, I had never heard of it until recently.

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  7. This one is a new one, but I do like it. I have never had grapes in an ambrosia type salad! I imagine they stay juicy and never get soggy like apples do. My old ambrosia will be replaced with this. Tell Aunt Phyl thanks and that she knows what good is. Have a great evening.

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  8. I don't have an aunt Phyl, but I have a great aunt Phyl...

    And that's a great picture of her and Uncle Jake!

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  9. Absolutely delicious...I know!
    Can't wait to take this to the next church gathering..

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  10. That looks and sounds delicious, who would have thought of dressing up grapes with cream cheese! Yum!

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  11. My grandma Phyllis used to be that person... and she would have been all over this salad for sure! Sounds absolutely delicious!

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  12. Tina, you're right! The grapes stay juicy and they hold up very well in the sauce. It disappears quickly too!

    Bubba, yes, you do!!! Remember all the fun times we had with the whole family there, by the pool? It's a really good pic of the two of them, and I'm happy to "see" you here! Love you!

    Shug, this will be a hit at your church gathering! It's a delicious for anyone who likes grapes!

    Jeannie, thanks! I never would've thought of it for sure. I was really surprised with how yummy it is!

    Kristy, thanks! You will get some red color using red grapes. It would look great and taste great!

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  13. Jenn, good for your grandma! It's great that your family had her.

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  14. I love these kind of salads!

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  15. You are definitely right we all need an Aunt Phyl with delicious recipes in tow!

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  16. Cheers Pam

    As usual Fantastic!

    Thanks for this wonderful recepie!

    Regards
    JS

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  17. Hi Pam! This sounds really good. I love anything with pecans! My Aunt Judy and her cousin Joey (Joanna) are the "Aunt Phyls" of our family. One, or the other, always knows what's going on and keeps in touch with everyone!

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  18. I bet this is good. I could look at it and think, hmm, at least there are grapes. I went to a dinner recently and they served "Cookie Salad" Same ingredients as the Grape Salad, but there were crushed up cookies in it. Ugh. I still don't know why anybody would even think to make it and it was way too sweet. Hi, Aunt Phyl!

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  19. Pam, thanks! Me too!

    Val, great minds think alike for sure!

    Jaoa, thanks! Glad you like it!

    Cake, that's great for you all to stay connected. Aunts are the best! I agree with the pecans too, esp. in desserts!

    Karen, thanks for saying "hi" to Aunt Phyl! I'm with you---the cookie think doesn't sound so good. Seems like it could be a soggy mess. Have a good weekend!

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  20. The flavors do sound unusual but really decadent together! I had an aunt Phyl but she recently died. She would of loved this!

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  21. We'll call it a salad and I'll have an extra helping.

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  22. Pam, this sounds delicious. Unfortunately, I don't have an Aunt Phyl - I think I've become her:-). That happens as you grow older. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  23. Reeni, thanks! It is sort of decadent! Sorry about your aunt.

    Cathy, that works fine for me! Thanks!

    Mary, I bet you're as great an Aunt Phyl as you are a cook! Blessings to you.

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  24. Fresh and cool for a hot summer day. Thanks for the recipe!

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  25. This is a lovely throw back! Yum.

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  26. I bet this is completely addictive! I love desserts that pretend to be salads too.

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  27. Marina, yes! Perfect for a hot day!

    Grubarazzi, thanks for stopping by and your comment!

    Mary, it is! Very good flavors here!

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  28. It reminds me a little of ambrosia salad that all the relatives used to make! I love that this one is just grapes. The pecan topping sounds delicious!

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  29. OMG! this is so yummy Pam!your aunt rocks in this dich:) love it!kisses and have a nice week:)

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I'm happy to hear what you have to say, and appreciate your taking the time to comment. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

Keep smiling,
Pam