RECIPES

Smoky Blue Cheese , Bacon and Water Chestnut Dip

"WARNING: No one will eat anything else on the table if this is served! The smoky blue cheese stole the show, but the water chestnuts and bacon totally complemented the blue." - Argie

Smoky Blue Cheese , Bacon and Water Chestnut Dip
Active Time
25 Minutes
Servings
2 1/2
cups

Ingredients

Ingredients List

Cheese

Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Blue or Cream Cheese can be used in this recipe.

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place a greased wire rack on an aluminum foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Arrange bacon on rack, taking care not to overlap. Rub with brown sugar; sprinkle with cayenne pepper. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is just crisp, turning once. When cool enough to handle, chop bacon. Set aside.
  3. Beat cream cheese and sour cream in a large bowl until blended. Stir in the bacon, water chestnuts and blue cheese. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Serve with crackers and vegetables.

Recipe Tips

  • A blue cheese that doesn't have the additonal smoked flavor could be substituted in this recipe.
  • Pulse dip 4-5 times in a food processor to achieve a more consistent texture if desired. (Take care not to over process.)

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Crumbling a blue cheese wedge is easy! Place the wedge into the freezer for about 30 minutes; then crumble with a knife. Blue cheese softens quickly at room temperature. For best results, keep the cheese cold for easier handling.

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