Cheddar apple cheese dip

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A party- and finger-food-friendly way to serve apples.

Cheddar apple cheese dip

Whoever decided that apples and cheddar cheese went together was a genius (in the end), but you have to wonder what that person was thinking. The sweetness of apples with the sour/saltiness of cheddar cheese? It shouldn’t work, but it does and to prove it we’re going to make a cheddar apple dip, which blends cream cheese with apples and cheddar and then tops the whole thing off with bacon. Why add bacon? Well, because apples, cheddar and bacon are even better together than just apples and cheddar.

Yields 24 servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 strips applewood bacon
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • Salt
  • 2 packages cream cheese
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 2 red apples, diced
  • 2 green apples, diced
  • Crackers for serving

Directions:

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, slowly cook the fat out of the bacon. This can take at least 15 minutes or until the bacon is at your desired level of crispiness.
  2. Remove the bacon and roughly chop.
  3. Add the shallots to the skillet with a pinch of salt and cook them for six minutes.
  4. Once the shallots are soft, add the cream cheese and cheddar cheese and turn off the heat.
  5. Stir the cheeses so that they get warm and melty.
  6. Add the apples and remove the skillet from the stove.
  7. Put the dip in a bowl and put the bowl in the refrigerator so it can get set.
  8. After it’s cold, top with the chopped bacon and serve with crackers.

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