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5 Fresh Dips for Every Cheese Lover


This post was sponsored by Sargento Foods as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip - A fun dip to make for a crowd!

A good dip deserves bragging rights and having five of them makes it even better!  Just as guests tend to gather in the kitchen, they’ll quickly gravitate toward a spread of delicious dips made with real cheese and fresh ingredients.

Classics include traditional Spinach Dip and Pimento Cheese.  New favorites such as Charleston Cheese Dip and Bacon Corn Dip are a must try!  If you’re a BLT lover, you’ll want to try this dip with a new twist!

5 Fresh Dip Recipes for Every Cheese Lover

The combination of Sargento® Shredded Cheese, fresh vegetables and herbs infused into one dish is one of my favorites.

The base of making a homemade dip is very simple.  It should start with savory cream and incorporate the perfect blend of cheese, vegetables, fresh herbs and maybe a secret ingredient or two.

Pimento Cheese Dip - Truly my favorite way to make this classic dip!

What I love about having a variety of dip recipes is that it’s perfect to feed a large crowd.  While it may look like I spent a lot of time preparing five separate recipes, it wasn’t all that time consuming.  I’ve incorporated two Sargento® Shredded Cheese varieties and used many of the same fresh herbs in each dish to cut down on prep time.

All of these recipes can be made a day or two in advance. Have the bacon and vegetables ready to go for the next day to assemble it.

BLT Dip - If you love BLTs, you'll want to try this recipe!

Using Sargento® Shredded Cheese is both convenient and delicious.  I can’t imagine a savory dip without cheese.

5 Fresh Dips for Every Cheese Lover - You'll want to have these recipes at your next party!

We just moved into a new house this past week and I wanted to make something special for our friends.  I made these dips and they were a huge hit!  I wanted something simple, savory and filling without being too heavy.

To be honest, I can’t think of anything better than making homemade appetizers for such an occasion.  It’s easy to make a sampler plate to share with friends.  The dips are filling, full of flavor and one of my favorite ways to incorporate nutritious ingredients into classic party appetizers.  Great tasting meals start with cheese fresh off the block.  Be sure to head to the store and pick up these two varieties of Sargento® Shredded Cheese to try in these recipes.

Spinach Dip - Love this cheesy appetizer!

In the quest to share the love of real cheese among a community of passionate cheese lovers, Sargento has launched a campaign for the “Real Cheese People.™”  The idea is simple and celebrates those who prefer real, natural cheese over processed cheese.

Charleston Cheese Dip - This recipe is a must try if you love Pimento Cheese Dip!

I love to pair these homemade dips with crackers, vegetables and crusty baguette.  Having the option of not one, but five recipes to choose from really gives guests a wide variety of choices.

A lot of these recipes have been served throughout the holidays and family events and remain a staple as the best appetizers in our home.

The start of a refined and delicious meal starts with fresh off the block, Sargento® Shredded Cheese. Sargento® Shredded Cheese is always shredded from blocks of real, natural cheese. Add this real, natural cheese to any dish to add flavor.

Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip

What are your favorite cheesy dip recipes?

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5 Fresh Dips for Every Cheese Lover

5 Fresh Dip Recipes for Every Cheese Lover - Serve these savory appetizers to a hungry crowd! Each dip is loaded with fresh vegetables, shredded cheese and herbs.
Course Appetizer

Ingredients

Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip

  • 10 slices bacon , chopped
  • 7 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 cups corn , drained (fresh/frozen/canned)
  • 1/2 jalapeno , seeds removed, diced
  • 1 + 1/2 cups Sargento® Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup Sargento® Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons half & half , milk or cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup green onions , chopped
  • 1 + 1/2 tablespoon Italian parsley , finely chopped
  • 3 dashes cayenne pepper
  • few pinches salt , optional to taste
  • Crackers/chips/crusty bread loaf , to serve

Pimento Cheese Dip

  • 4 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 + 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 ounces pimentos , drained
  • 1 tablespoon Italian parsley , finely chopped
  • 4-5 green onions , chopped
  • 8 ounces Sargento® Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 ounces Sargento® Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican
  • Crackers/chips/crusty bread loaf , to serve

Cheesy Bacon Spinach Dip

  • 10 slices bacon , chopped
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 cups baby spinach , chopped
  • 1 + 1/2 cup Sargento® Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican
  • 1 cup Sargento® Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley , finely chopped
  • 3 green onion , chopped
  • 1-2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Crackers/chips/crusty bread loaf , to serve

BLT Dip

  • 12 slices bacon , chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 jalapeño , seeds removed, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions , chopped
  • 1 cup Sargento® Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup Sargento® Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican
  • 2- beef tomatoes , seeds removed, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Italian parsley , chopped
  • 1 head Iceberg lettuce , shredded
  • Crackers/chips/crusty bread loaf , to serve

Hot Charleston Cheese Dip

  • 8 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup Sargento® Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Sargento® Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican
  • 3-4 green onion , chopped
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 1-2 pinches red pepper flakes
  • Crackers/chips/crusty bread loaf , to serve

Instructions

Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip

  1. Cook bacon according to package directions. Chop once cool; set aside. Prepare corn according to package directions. Drain out any liquid. In a medium pot set over low heat, combine corn, diced jalapeños, cream cheese and mayo. Stir to combine well. Stir in Sargento® Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese and 4 Cheese Mexican until smooth and creamy. Stir in soy sauce, sugar and milk. Stir in chopped parsley, green onions, a few dashes of cayenne pepper and salt/pepper to taste. Serve in soup bowl with crackers, chips or crusty bread.

Pimento Cheese Dip

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together softened cream cheese, mayo, yogurt and Dijon mustard. Add black pepper, red pepper flakes, parsley, chopped green onions and drained pimentos to the bowl then stir. Gently fold in Sargento® Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese and 4 Cheese Mexican. Serve in a soup bowl with crackers or crusty bread.

Cheesy Bacon Spinach Dip

  1. Cook bacon according to package directions. Chop once cool; set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, cream cheese, yogurt, mayo and soy sauce then stir to combine. Fold in chopped spinach, bacon, parsley, minced garlic, Sargento® Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese and 4 Cheese Mexican, red pepper flakes and chopped green onions. Pour into pie dish and bake in oven for 20-25 minutes. Garnish with parsley and bacon. Serve with crackers or crusty bread.

BLT Dip

  1. Cook bacon according to package directions. Chop once cool; set aside. In a medium bowl, mix mayo, sour cream and yogurt. Add bacon and stir. Stir in Sargento® Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese and 4 Cheese Mexican, green onions, parsley and diced tomatoes. Chop iceberg lettuce and spread it onto the bottom of a pie dish. Pour dip on top. Garnish with bacon and parsley. Serve with crackers, chips or crusty bread.

Hot Charleston Cheese Dip

  1. Cook bacon according to package directions. Chop once cool; set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, mix mayo, cream cheese, Sargento® Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese and 4 Cheese Mexican, diced green onions, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Fold in chopped bacon. Transfer to a 9-inch pie dish and bake until heat through. This dip can be served hot or cold. Serve with crackers or crusty bread.

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6 Comments

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    Sandi G
    04/15/2017 at 12:03 pm

    I could devour each and every one of those dips. They look great.

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    Malia@Small Town Girl Blog
    04/15/2017 at 12:12 pm

    I am a cheese fool. All of these look amazing! Can’t wait to serve them up to guests. Pinned and sharing! Cheers!

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    Dahn
    04/15/2017 at 12:49 pm

    I love a good cheese dip and this is a perfect party starter.

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    Darlene @ Dip Recipe Creations
    04/15/2017 at 1:07 pm

    Where’s the spoon? I must say I love dips and these all look fabulous with all that cheese!

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    Rae
    04/15/2017 at 1:29 pm

    Oh my goodness, I have died and gone to cheese heaven. The pimento cheese sauce was absolutely mouthwatering.

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    Lisa Bryan
    04/15/2017 at 2:22 pm

    Wow – so many dips to choose from! Love all of them!

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