Smokehouse Cranberry Cheddar Dip

Smokehouse Cranberry Cheddar Dip
Smokehouse Cranberry Cheddar Dip
Main Ingredient: Cheese
Yield: 2 cups
Recipe courtesy of Lisa Keys, Finalist in the 2015 Black Creek® “Everything's Better with Cheddar” recipe contest
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes American - Traditional Appetizers Dips/Dressings
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened & cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 cups smoked Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 c. dried sweetened cranberries, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons real maple syrup
  • 1/2 c. pecans, finely chopped

In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Pulse three times. Add butter and pulse 10 times or until mixture appears sandy. Add cheese and pulse 5 times. Add cranberries and pulse 3 more times. Then add buttermilk and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, and process just until mixture holds together.

Divide mixture in two and put each into ramekins. Brush the top with 1 teaspoon of maple syrup and sprinkle on pecans, pressing to coat. Wrap top of ramekins in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes or as long as overnight. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake 8-10 minutes and serve warm with crackers.