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Delicious Cheese Dips (3 Varieties | Cold or Hot)

  • Author: Kathleen | The Fresh Cooky
  • Prep Time: 6 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups each dip 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Three variations of cheese dips, delicious hot or cold. Smoked Gouda Dip, Jarlsberg Jalapeno dip and Gruyere Garlic Dip pack a flavorful punch of cheesy, creamy, deliciousness with just a few ingredients and are ready in minutes! Be sure to read the notes for some fabulous variations!


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Ingredients

Toasted Garlic

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced fine
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil

Smoked Gouda Dip

  • 11 1/2 cups smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (scant) real mayonnaise
  • 1/21 teaspoon toasted garlic
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits (homemade or store bought)
  • sea salt to taste (start with 1/4 teaspoon, taste)

Jarlsberg Jalapeno Dip

  • 11 1/2 cups Jarlsberg cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (scant) real mayonnaise
  • 1/21 teaspoon toasted garlic
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, chopped fine
  • 1/2 small fresh jalapeno, seeds removed, chopped fine (increase or decrease amounts based on heat)
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits (homemade or store bought)
  • sea salt to taste (start with 1/4 teaspoon, taste)
  • garnish with a couple slices of fresh jalapeno (optional)

Garlic Gruyere Dip

  • 11 1/2 cups Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup sharp white cheddar, shredded
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (scant) real mayonnaise
  • 1/21 teaspoon toasted garlic
  • 1 tablespoon green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits (homemade or store bought)
  • sea salt to taste (start with 1/4 teaspoon, taste)

Dipping Suggestions

  • carrots, sliced
  • bell peppers, red, orange, yellow, green, sliced
  • jicama, sliced
  • cucumbers, sliced
  • celery, sliced
  • sugar snap peas
  • variety of crackers
  • tortilla chips (great when dips are heated)

Instructions

Toasting Garlic

  1. Chop desired amount of garlic, start with two cloves, more if you’d like to use in other recipes.
  2. In a heavy duty pan, over medium-high heat, pour about 1 tablespoon olive oil. Once hot, toss in your finely chopped garlic and stir until golden, stir the entire time and don’t walk away, just takes a couple of minutes and it will burn fast! 
  3. Using a slotted spoon scoop the garlic out onto a paper towel to drain, cool completely.
  4. Make up extra toasted garlic and keep it in a clean, recycled spice jar in your fridge for use on salads, pastas, garlic toast, etc.

All Dip Instructions

  1. Mix together softened cream cheese (if using), mayonnaise, whisking until smooth.
  2. Add in bacon bits, red or green onions (depending on dip), toasted garlic, salt (to taste) and shredded cheese(s) (plus chopped jalapeno for Jarlsberg Jalapeno dip)
  3. Mix well until combined.
  4. May be served immediately, but flavors are better if allowed to sit in fridge for 30 minutes or more.
  5. Serve with your favorite crackers, veggies, or chips.
  6. See notes about storing, freezing and heating.

Notes

In a tightly covered container, keeps in fridge up to 7 days. If left out for more than 2 hours, discard leftovers.

Tips Freezing Dips | Some amount of separation may happen if frozen and thawed, higher fat content yields less separation. If you decide to freeze, the best use for the cheese dip(s) would be to thaw, stir in a little cream and bake until bubbly.

Substitution for Toasted Garlic |  I recently found this product at our grocery store, and it’s pretty delicious; organic garlic nuggets

Want a softer, more spreadable dip? Omit the cream cheese! Reduces the overall caloric intake as well. Prefer a firmer dip, keep that cream cheese in there. If you plan on baking it, I recommend you keeping the cream cheese in for a smoother, creamier hot dip. Also, feel free to adjust your cheese up and down as different mayo’s, cream cheese have different moisture contents.

Try these other delicious ways to enjoy these dips:

  • Spread a little onto your next sandwich
  • Make a grilled cheese using the spread(s)
  • Place a dollop of dip on top of grilled or baked chicken or fish, melt and devour
  • Spread onto flour tortillas and roll into pinwheels, slice for a quick appetizer
  • HEAT | Place in a shallow, oven safe dish and heat until bubbly in a 350º oven for 20-25 minutes, serve with tortilla chips

Keywords: dip, cheese dip, smoked gouda, jarlsberg jalapeno, garlic gruyere, low carb, game day, appetizer

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