Serves 6 - 8

Cream cheese & JOYA® spread

This is one of those ideas that requires little effort, but has a big impact. We eat with our eyes first, so food that looks so good, must taste even better – this spread really delivers. For a festive touch arrange the ingredients in the shape of a wreath. Tuck into this platter as a refreshing alternative to the usual chip and dip starter at a get together.


1. Spread: Place cream cheese in a mixing bowl and stir to soften slightly. Combine the poppy seeds, peppercorns and thyme in a small bowl.
2. Stir half of the peppercorn mixture with the grated apple into the cream cheese. Place in a serving bowl. Sprinkle with the remaining peppercorn mixture and refrigerate until needed. (The cream cheese spread is best eaten within a day.)
3. To serve: Place bowl of spread on a platter or even a cake stand with the rest of the serving ingredients. The spread is delicious on crostini, but do try it as a dip with the apple wedges. For a festive twist, arrange all the elements with the bowl of spread in the shape of a wreath. Show off the beautiful red skins of the JOYA® apples to make it colourful. Enjoy as a starter on a festive table or as part of an al fresco meal with a glass of your favourite drink.

Chef's Tip

Homemade crostini are delicious with the Cream cheese & JOYA® spread. It is so easy to make your own. Cut a multigrain baguette or bread of your choice into thin slices. Place in a single layer on a baking tray and roast in a preheated oven at 180 °C for 10-15 minutes until crisp and toasted. Store in an airtight container until needed.

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Heleen Meyer Back to Recipes