Cheddar Leek Dip

by Rachel Gurk on December 26, 2012 · 16 comments

in Appetizers/Snacks, Sauces/Spices/Spreads

I hope you all had the BEST Christmas! Now it is time for focus on the New Year! Can you believe it is almost 2013? Yikes! Where does time go?

Moving on to the recipe….

Let’s talk about dip. Dips are a wonderful thing, are they not? Spinach dip, hummus, buffalo chicken dip, the list could go on and on. And don’t even get me started on sweet dips!

Don’t get me wrong, dips aren’t typically the healthiest thing in the world but they are one of the tastiest things in the world. A special treat. Just in time for New Year’s Eve. Splurge while the splurging is good…before all those resolutions fall into place. This dip is super flavorful with extra sharp cheddar cheese, stout and hot sauce, all of which complement the mild flavor of the leeks perfectly. It still tastes great even as it cools if people are munching on it. You could also easily cook this in a small slow cooker, although you wouldn’t have the pretty browned top, and it might be a bit thinner. Worth a shot though!

 

Cheddar Leek Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 leek, sliced into thin half moons (white and light-green parts only), rinsed well
  • salt to taste
  • 8 ounces extra sharp white cheddar, grated (2 cups)
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (I use the type made with olive oil)
  • 3 tablespoons stout (Guinness)
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add leek, season with salt and cook until tender, about 12 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together cheddar, cream cheese, mayo, stout, hot sauce, and cooked leeks. Mix until smooth. Transfer to a 1-quart baking dish and bake until bubbling and browned on top, about 18 to 20 minutes. Serve with crackers or mini-toasts. (Pictured is multi-grain french bread, toasted.)

Notes

adapted from Everyday Food magazine

http://www.rachelcooks.com/2012/12/26/cheddar-leek-dip/

Verdict: Very good! Super flavorful with the extra sharp cheddar, stout and hot sauce.
Husband’s take: I didn’t think he would like this because he’s not typically a fan of cheesy, creamy, cream-cheese type things. I was wrong. He loved this! I served this at a small get-together as well, and I think it was the favorite thing there. Everyone loved it.
Changes I would make: None
Difficulty: Easy

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cassie | Bake Your Day December 26, 2012 at 8:55 am

This sounds so good! I love dips of any kind! I hope your Christmas was perfect!! And thanks for linking to my buffalo chicken dip…we make that all too often!

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2 angela @ another bite please December 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

I totally agree dips are the best…and I just found a new love for leeks so I can’t wait to try this recipe…hope you had a Merry Christmas!

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3 Katie December 26, 2012 at 9:51 am

I have made this dip multiple times and can’t get enough of it!!!

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4 Barbara | Creative Culinary December 26, 2012 at 10:22 am

All I can think of is, ‘Didn’t you just have a baby?’ I think I would be in blog hiatus for weeks at the very least!

This looks great; love the addition of stout; so very WI of you. :)

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5 Rachel December 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I think I wrote this post in October–definitely doing the bare minimum in the blog department right now! :)

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6 Bree December 26, 2012 at 10:51 am

I love the Guiness add in–yum!

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7 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts December 26, 2012 at 11:48 am

Always need dips for New Years, it is a must! This one sounds incredible!

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8 Bev @ Bev Cooks December 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Ummmmmmmmm will you shovel this into my face for the rest of the year? Coo, coo.

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9 Melissa B. { hungryfoodlove } December 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I cant believe I have never experiment with leeks. This seems like a good introductory recipe for me to try. Looks irresistible.

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10 dixya @ food, pleasure, and health December 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm

dips make everything taste so much better. I have been looking for new dip recipes because hummus and guac is really getting old. this cheesy leek looks so good, will certainly be worth every calories :)

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11 Julie @ Table for Two December 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm

oh boy, i’d love to dive right into that and cozy up in it!!

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12 tijuana (po' man meals) December 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm

dips are IT, especially during the holidays. i love that you added leeks. i have not seen any dip recipes with leeks in them. it’s nice to see this change instead of spinach and artichoke every time. can’t wait to try it! :)

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13 Tracey December 28, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Dips are totally where it’s at right now :) I love leeks and so rarely get a chance to use them – bookmarking this immediately!

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14 Candace Karu February 25, 2013 at 12:24 pm

I love to find new dip recipes. Can’t wait to share this one with our Cabot friends!

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15 Rachel Gurk February 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Thanks Candace! This was one of our favorites!

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