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.
Aunt Phyl is great in gathering the news; making connections and passing information on. I’ve told her before, and am telling her again, here; how much I appreciate all that she does for us.
This isn’t her only good quality; she’s also fun-loving, has a really keen sense of humor and always wears a smile on her face and, she knows a great recipe when she sees one too! 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 luscious dish which was served at her euchre club recently. I read it, and rushed right away to the grocery store for grapes and a package of cream cheese; and then, hurried home to get this salad made. I was in for a surprise! Oh, my gosh!
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
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)
2/3 cup brown sugar (or 1/3 cup Splenda brown sugar)
1 cup chopped pecans
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!