Puerto Rican Sweet and Savory Guava Dip

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Tired of bringing the same old dip to a party? You will love this rock star of dips, Puerto Rican sweet and savory guava dip. Best of all, it only takes a few ingredients and less than 15 minutes to make!

 

A sweet and savory Puerto Rican dip with guava paste and cream cheese served with crackers is unique and delicious.

 

Summer or not, tropical fruits should always be on your menu. Guava is one of those fruits that I have been on a kick lately, and you should be too. Hopefully, you’ve tried my mini guava cheesecakes and guava and salted caramel pie and if so, you will love this guava dip. You haven’t tried those desserts yet? Well then, you’ll just have to make all three! 😉

 

I’m not just saying that because those two desserts are to die for, but also because you’re going to end up with leftover guava paste from either of those recipes. Guava paste isn’t exactly a common ingredient in most recipes, and I hate letting food go to waste, so here’s the perfect solution for that!

 

Puerto Rican Sweet and Savory Guava Dip

 

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This sweet and savory guava dip is Puerto Rican favorite appetizer and you will love its unique flavor consisting of guava, cream cheese, honey and garlic!

 

Sometimes, going to multiple cookouts and family gatherings can run your menu dry. I don’t like taking the same dish to anything and refuse to buy something from the store. This sweet and savory guava dip looks so beautiful when it’s all whipped up in its serving dish, it’s bound to intrigue people.

 

Plus, if they ask you what’s in it, prepare for your dip to be the center of the conversation. Imagine bringing this beauty to a Super Bowl party – the official day of all dips and chips?

 

If you’re a fan of having a mouthful of sweet and savory, then this dip is something you need to try! Personally, I love citrus with chicken, mint with lamb, and yogurt-watermelon salad – there’s something about those conflicting flavors that just make my mouth water.

 

I will admit, however, that this recipe threw me off a little bit. I was skeptical about adding garlic to a dip that had guava and honey it is, but I was pleasantly surprised when I chose to scoop it up with some salty crackers. It works, trust me.

 

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WHAT IS GUAVA PASTE?

 

Guava paste pops up in many Cuban, Caribbean, and South American recipes, and seems to be popping up more often in markets in the US. This specialty ingredient, also known as goiabada or pasta de guayaba, is basically candied guava puree. It is made by cooking together guava fruit and sugar until it is, very thick and then leaving the mixture to dry to remove excess moisture.

 

Guava paste, with its sweet, floral taste works well in desserts but shows frequently in savory dishes. For instance, it is often paired with cheese as an appetizer,  popular in Brazil under the name Romeo and Juliet, and in dips like this Puerto Rican sweet and savory guava dip.

 

A perfect sweet and savory combination, this guava dip is made with guava paste, cream cheese, sour cream, honey, and garlic

 

WHERE TO BUY GUAVA PASTE?

 

So, your next question might be something like, “Where can I find that?” It’s easier to find than you think. You can find it online on Amazon, Mexican, and Latin American markets, and sometimes even at a local grocery store in the international section. Goya will probably be the easiest brand of guava paste to find.

 

HOW TO MAKE SWEET AND SAVORY GUAVA DIP?

 

  1. Make the guava sauce – Blend the guava paste and hot water in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Make the cream cheese mixture – In a food processor, blend the cream cheese with sour cream, honey, garlic, and salt to taste.
  3. Assemble – Fold the guava sauce into the cream cheese mixture. Serve with crackers.

 

GUAVA DIP RECIPE TIPS

 

  • Once opened, guava paste can be stored at room temperature. It should be wrapped in plastic or stored in an airtight container.
  • As I hinted at earlier, you won’t be using the entire package of guava paste for this recipe, so you will have leftover. Good news is, you have two options: you can make my guava cheesecake or pie, as previously mentioned, or you can also freeze it.
  • I always encourage people to experiment with and adjust recipes to their preferences, and this unique dip is no exception. If fresh garlic isn’t your thing you can add garlic powder instead. Start with a 1/4 teaspoon and increase to your liking.
  •  I have also seen some people use cilantro in this dip, and if that is your thing, add it to your taste.
  • If you don’t have a food processor, you can melt guava paste with water in a small saucepan on medium heat, until smooth. Blend cream cheese mixture with an electric mixer. However, I highly recommend investing in a food processor, even an inexpensive one. I’ve been using this cheap food processor for almost 8 years and I know you’d love it too.

 

Recipe for guava dip that is sweet and savory.

 

I can assure you that you will become a little obsessed with this guava dip after the first time you make it. It’s creamy, savory, and sweet – all the beautiful things in life. It’s one of those dips that you think you’d make as an appetizer with some crackers,  that you end up eating for dinner.

 

I always find myself shoveling large amounts of the dip with my crackers or pita chips instead of, you know, dipping into it. The more the merrier, right?

 

OTHER WAYS TO USE GUVA PASTE

 

· Stir a bit of melted guava paste into regular barbeque sauce – it makes for irresistible grilled meats.

· Use guava sauce as a filling for Polish kiflies.

· Top a wheel of brie with a few slices of guava paste and nuts of your choice. Wrap in puff pastry and bake 30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow resting for 10 minutes before cutting.

·  And don’t forget my mini guava cheesecakes and guava and salted caramel pie.

 

Delicious recipe from Puerto Rico, cream cheese and guava dip.

 

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Puerto Rican Sweet and Savory Guava Dip

This unique, Puerto Rican sweet and savory guava dip take less than 15 minutes to make and it's the rock star of dips! 
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Jas

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 oz guava paste about a quarter of 21 oz can
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • salt to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a food processor combine guava paste and 2 tablespoons of hot water. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • Rinse out the food processor. In the food processor combine remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Season with salt to taste.
  • Transfer cream cheese mixture to a bowl and fold in guava. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve.

RECIPE NOTES:

  • Once opened, guava paste can be stored at room temperature. It should be wrapped in plastic or stored in an airtight container.
  • As I hinted at earlier, you won’t be using the entire package of guava paste for this recipe, so you will have leftover. Good news is, you have two options: you can make my guava cheesecake or pie, as previously mentioned, or you can also freeze it.
  • I always encourage people to experiment with and adjust recipes to their preferences, and this unique dip is no exception. If fresh garlic isn’t your thing you can add garlic powder instead. Start with a 1/4 teaspoon and increase to your liking.
  •  I have also seen some people use cilantro in this dip, and if that is your thing, add it to your taste.
  • If you don't have a food processor, you can melt guava paste with water in a small saucepan on medium heat, until smooth. Blend cream cheese mixture with an electric mixer. However, I highly recommend investing in a food processor, even an inexpensive one. I've been using this cheap food processor for almost 8 years and I know you'd love it too.
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NUTRITIONS:

Nutrition Facts
Puerto Rican Sweet and Savory Guava Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 508 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 25g125%
Cholesterol 139mg46%
Sodium 387mg16%
Potassium 197mg6%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1700IU34%
Calcium 143mg14%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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15 Comment

  1. Reply
    Ron
    December 19, 2018 at 3:22 am

    This sound very interesting in a good way. Sweet, yet savory, my kind of dip. Jas, It’ll be unlikely that’ll I’ll find Guava Paste here. Might find some quince paste as substitute or perhaps use apple jelly with a squeeze of lime. What’s your thoughts on a substitute?

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 19, 2018 at 8:15 am

      Hi, Ron! I don’t think apple jelly with lemon would work. Guava paste doesn’t have any acidity and it’s really sweet. It reminds me of rosehip jam from my homeland in its color, the mild fruity taste, and thick consistency. I’m sure you can find it there, considering how many Bosnians live in Sweden. If not, I think fig jam would be a good option, although it doesn’t give you a nice color contrast. Perhaps try currant jelly and go easy on the garlic at first to find the right balance. Hope it works out! Happy holidays!

  2. Reply
    Ron
    December 19, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Thanks Jas, I’ve got current jam in the pantry and a Bosnian market just down the street, so I’m set. Happy Holidays!

  3. Reply
    aimadeitforyou
    December 21, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Yum, I’ve never tried guava paste but the combination with tangy cream cheese sounds delicious! Does guava paste taste similar to guava juice? It’s the only way I’ve had guava.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 21, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      I’ve never had guava juice, lol, but I’m guessing it should. It’s pretty mild tropical taste.

  4. Reply
    Catherine Baez Sholl
    December 21, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Oooh, guava and cream cheese…yum! Reminds me of growing up in Dominican Republic.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 23, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      So happy you can relate! 😀 It’s so good together.

  5. Reply
    goatsandgreens
    December 22, 2018 at 7:01 am

    I don’t believe I’ve ever tried quava… will have to find it, I have a couple Latin American markets back down in my old stomping grounds. Will look soon! Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 23, 2018 at 2:09 pm

      I hope you’ll find it! 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  6. Reply
    helenfern
    December 24, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party. Have a wonderful holiday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 24, 2018 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you, Helen! Merry Christmas!

  7. Reply
    acraftymix
    January 7, 2019 at 4:51 am

    Oh my Jas, I think we’ll totally be trying this out at our next get together. There are like only three steps and we can get guava jelly and jam here in South Africa 😀 In Afrikaans we call it a “Koejawel”

    1. Reply
      Jas
      January 9, 2019 at 7:49 pm

      Awesome! I hope you like the sweet and savory combo! Let me know.

      1. Reply
        acraftymix
        January 24, 2019 at 9:23 am

        It was…………..nummmmmmmy. I can’t believe how quickly everyone gobbled it up. I made it for my step Mom’s b-day party and it was a total hit. Thanks Jas <3

        1. Reply
          Jas
          January 24, 2019 at 9:38 am

          YAY! I’m so happy they liked it. It sounds a little strange though, but it really is so tasty. Thanks for trying out my recipes, Michelle! I truly appreciate it. Hugs from across the miles! ❤

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