Cheese recipes are a required addition to any party menu. Hot cheese dips and spicy spreads are often the first nibbles to disappear from the communal table. It’s fun to experiment with different cheeses and ingredients, but don’t forget the dippers. Sure, crackers are good, but what kind? And beyond crackers, there are other sturdy ways to get that dip from bowl to mouth.
Here are some suggestions for your next party:
Potato chips: The bigger and sturdier the better to scoop up all kinds of dips. There are lots of flavored chips on the market, but make sure they go with your dip. I like barbecue chips with a sour-cream based dip loaded with grated asiago and fresh thyme, such as Black Pepper and Lemon Asiago Dip. When in doubt, go with basic chips.
Pretzel rods: These dippers go best with strong-flavored and full body dips that include Swiss cheese and Gouda. It takes a lot for them to break.
Crackers: Go mild but sturdy for hot seafood dips. Let the seafood and cheese shine on their own.
Celery: The well down the middle of a stalk holds a multitude of cheesy dip. The cooling crucifer mellows out spicy offerings such as Sriracha Blue Cheese Dip or anything else with strong cheese.
Carrots: Carrots are naturally sweet and so are onions. A dip that pairs onions and cheese is a natural for carrot dippers.
Jicama: Peel the veggie and slice it to make large planks. Scatter around a bowl of hot Pepper Jack Cheese Dip.
Crostini: Small toasted rounds of baguette are best for hot, thick dips. Toast them in advance, cool and freeze. They thaw fast.
Corn chips: Get the little scoops to gather up Chili Cheese Dip, a tailgate party favorite.
Green beans/Asparagus/Zucchini: Tasty and colorful, these bright dippers are best for scooping up thin dips with lots of fresh herbs.
Pita chips/bagel chips: Dips with crumbles of feta or blue cheese are perfect for these toasted dippers.
Now that we are all in the mood for a party, how about selecting some recipes from this week’s Sunday Supper event with Wisconsin Cheese? Besides being a sponsor of the 2015 Food and Wine Conference in Orlando, Wisconsin Cheese is also hosting a recipe contest for a summer dish using cheese. Get the details at Wisconsin Cheese recipe contest, but hurry, the deadline is June 19.
The Sunday Supper tastemakers had a blast this week developing family-friendly recipes for cheese lovers. They were inspired and their creativity is certainly catching.
Join us for tonight’s live 7 p.m. Twitter chat about the many ways we use cheese, and that includes eating it as a snack. In the meantime, start looking through the recipes to pick out dinner:
- Cheese Crispies by Shockingly Delicious
- Cheese Fondue by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Prosciutto Havarti Spinach Bundles by Daily Dish Recipes
Main Dishes with Cheese:
- Cheese Curd Stuffed Meatball Sliders by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Cheesy Crab Stuffed Peppers by FoodieTots
- Cheesy Skillet Lasagna by Life Tastes Good
- Cheesy Vegetable Enchiladas by Alida’s Kitchen
- Fontina Chorizo Spinach Quiche by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Ham, Blackberry Ricotta, and Fresh Mozzarella Grilled Cheese by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Korean-style Poutine 2.0 by kimchi MOM
- Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Couscous Salad with Arugula by Ruffles & Truffles
- Pimento Cheese Potato Soup by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Sausage and Burrata Pasta by Family Foodie
Cheese Side Dishes:
- Cheesy Jalapeno and Bacon Potato Au Gratin by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Chipotle Beer Mac & Cheese by One Sweet Mess
- White Mac and Cheese by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Coconut Lime Cheese Crepes with Brandied Cherry Topping by The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Ricotta Cheesecake Brownies by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
10 Ideas for Cheese Dip Dippers by Sunday Supper Movement
Visit the experts at Wisconsin Cheese at their Wisconsin Cheese website, follow them on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook, and see what inspires them on Pinterest. You can also follow our Sunday Supper Cheese Pinterest board for more inspiration on cooking with cheese.
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on Twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.
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