Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Addicting Jarlsberg Cheese Dip

Seriously, this cheese dip is so addicting! It was love at first taste, I'm telling you. I first tried this dip at one of the sample stands at my local Kroger. Usually, the samples are well, eh- OK tasting. But when I had this dip, I actually went back and got another bite. (And *maybe* I went back for the 3rd time too...) I finally picked up the actual dip and ate the entire tub in one sitting.

I read the ingredients, and whipped up my own version. Jarlsberg comes in a block or wedge of cheese- I purchased mine at Trader Joe's for $6.99/lb, but I've also seen them at Kroger and Meijer. You can either grate them by hand or use the shredder option on your food processor. While I've only made this as a cold appetizer/snack, I'm confident it'll taste just as good baked*. Try it for yourself today!

Ingredients:
2-2.25 cups shredded Jarlsberg cheese (Used a 0.65-lb wedge of Jarlsberg)
3/4-1 cup Hellmann's mayo (must be Hellmann's, and not low-fat!)
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 tsp garlic powder (a little goes a long way here...)
Crackers, for serving

Directions:
1. If it's not already shredded, shred the Jarlsberg cheese.
2. Add the mayo, red onion, and garlic to your shredded cheese.
3. Serve with crackers, and enjoy.

* For a baked version, I would saute the red onion in 1 Tbsp butter until soft and tender. Mix all ingredients together and bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes until the surface is golden brown and bubbly. Serve with tortilla chips.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I work for Kroger and also love this dip but the Jarlsberg cheese is pretty pricey,so I substituted regular swiss cheese with the Hellman's and red onion and it is pretty darn good and at a third the price.

Anonymous said...

Use a sweet vidalia onion and bake it all together and serve on crackers. I used to use mozzarella for that, but I have been using Jarlsberg ever since I found out about it! Sometime 1/2 and 1/2 when I am low on the Jarlsberg. :)

Anonymous said...

Your story sounds like what I did when I came across the display sample at Krogers. At $6.99 a pound though I think it's very pricey. Thanks for sharing your recipe I'll give it a try.

Anonymous said...

At my BJ's the Jarlsberg is only $4.49 a pound. You have to buy about a 2 lb wedge, but it lasts forever.

Anonymous said...

I work at schnucks, and our jarlsberg cheese is normally $11.99 a pound....so $6.99 is awesome! however, its on sale for easter for $4.99!

liz said...

Use the spread for a base for a pizza topped with colorful veggies, or spoon liberally over a baked potato

liz said...

Use this as a sauce replacement for a pizza. top with colorful veggies and bake. Also good spooned liberally over a baked potato and topped with finely dice ham.