Monday, December 5, 2011

Cheddar-Ranch Dip

The minute that I saw this dip on Leah’s blog, I knew I had to try it. You know that I don’t like ranch dressing but I do love the flavor of dill, especially in dips. I’m a big time snacker. I love crunchy, salty snacks and most of the time I would much rather snack all day than sit and eat a huge meal.

We spent Thanksgiving with Paul’s family so I nearly immediately emailed the recipe to my mother-in-law saying that I didn’t think I could resist making it for Thanksgiving. She replied that she didn’t think she could resist me making it either! At that point, it was locked in, on our menu and it was a great addition.

When I started making it I then started thinking of all the ways to adapt it for different flavor twists: taco seasoning and Mexican cheese; Italian seasoning and mozzarella cheese; onion soup mix and Swiss cheese…the possibilities are endless. So needless to say, this is more of a frame of reference than a recipe.

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Cheddar-Ranch Dip Recipe

Ingredients:

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature (*see notes below)
1 cup sour cream (*see notes below)
2 tsp. ranch dressing seasoning mix (*see notes below)
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:

Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese in a medium sized bowl until fluffy. Stir in the sour cream and seasoning mix and blend. Add the cheese and stir until combined.

Refrigerate for at least two hours but the flavors develop more the longer it sits. Serve with veggies or crackers.

Cassie's Notes:
I used reduced-fat cream cheese and sour cream. Feel free to use the full-fat varieties but don't use fat free, the dip won't set well.

If you don't care to make homemade ranch seasoning, use one small (0.7 ounce) packet of store-bought ranch dressing mix.

This dip would be equally as good with any other seasonings: vegetable dip mix, Italian seasoning, onion soup mix, taco seasoning, chili seasoning, etc.

Use any kind of shredded cheese that you have on hand and/or the cheese that goes best with the particular seasonings that you choose!

Slightly adapted from So, How's it Taste?

 

37 Responses to “Cheddar-Ranch Dip”

  1. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — December 5, 2011 @ 6:18 am

    mmm what a great tailgating or party appetizer!!

  2. #
    Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk — December 5, 2011 @ 6:38 am

    This looks so tasty, I kind of what it right now for breakfast :)

  3. #
    Liz — December 5, 2011 @ 6:40 am

    SO easy and delicious! Perfect when time is short and you need a yummy appetizer :) Have a lovely Monday, my friend~

  4. #
    Alyssa — December 5, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    I’m a snacker too! I could eat a whole bag of chips in one sitting, especially if a good dip in involved. I like your idea about changing the dip up easily with different spices and cheese. Great post!

  5. #
    Carolyn — December 5, 2011 @ 6:48 am

    I love ranch dressing. And cheese? Oh yeah, I am all about that!

  6. #
    easyfoodsmith — December 5, 2011 @ 6:53 am

    This is so cool! Quick to fix and yummy to eat. buzzed!

  7. #
    Lacy — December 5, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    Mmm! I’ve made something similar with crab meat, so delicious! Looks incredible!

    • Cassie replied: — December 5th, 2011 @ 8:45 am

      Oooo, crab meat…brilliant! I must try that!

  8. #
    Lauren — December 5, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    This is like the easiest dip in the world to make!!

  9. #
    Steve @ the black peppercorn — December 5, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    Cassie! This looks so easy and so delicious. I agree with you that you could adapt it into countless versions! Thanks for sharing

  10. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 5, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    Oh man ! I am SOOOO making this!! Thank you! Pinning and stumbling!

  11. #
    Curt — December 5, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    I do like Ranch, so this is a great recipe for me. But those other options are definitely all very tempting!

  12. #
    Emily Malloy @Cleanliness — December 5, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    Oh.
    Em.
    Gee.

    I just died of happiness.

  13. #
    Erin — December 5, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    Cheesy creamy dips are teh best, definitely need to try this one.

  14. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — December 5, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    Ranch and cheddar is pretty brilliant! Spread it on crackers… mmmm perfection! I love easy snacking ideas! :)

  15. #
    Kimber — December 5, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

    What!? Cheddar and Ranch? I’m in!

  16. #
    Aggie — December 5, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    Oh man, I love this! I’m such a chip and dip girl. Actually, anything and dip! This would be great with a veggie platter too!! I’m pinning this bad boy :)

  17. #
    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — December 5, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

    I’m a big snacker too. This would be perfect for me to snack on all afternoon..

  18. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — December 5, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    This looks simple and delicious! Perfect for an easy dip to bring to a party!

  19. #
    Steph@stephsbitebybite — December 5, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

    Cheddar Ranch Dip?!! How could those three words not equal something delicious! Love it!

  20. #
    Ryan — December 5, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

    Oh yum! This sounds so good! I love to find new good dip recipes and this sounds so perfect and easy– and love that you and vary the ingredients too! This is a keeper!

  21. #
    Anne@frommysweetheart — December 5, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

    Cassie…I love how versatile this is! And I could make a meal of this (with a glass of wine, of course!) ;- )

  22. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — December 5, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

    This looks scrumptious! Perfect to serve for holiday gatherings. Simple and delicious. Definitely going to be making this! :)

  23. #
    Ann — December 5, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

    FANTASTIC! I LOVE this sort of dip recipe and I have a get together that I’m attending next week….guess what I’ll be bringing?

  24. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — December 5, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

    Yum! I would eat this dip all by myself! :)

  25. #
    Baking Serendipity — December 5, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    I am making (mostly heavy) appetizers with a friend for a Christmas party next weekend, and don’t see how this cannot make the menu. E-mailing it to her right now. Love!

  26. #
    Anna — December 6, 2011 @ 12:32 am

    You are slowly being swayed to the ranch dressing side, I can tell :)

  27. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — December 6, 2011 @ 2:06 am

    Oh yeah, this dip looks delicious and easy! I always love sharp cheddar cheese. This looks good and I will be trying one day soon!

  28. #
    marla — December 6, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    My kids would go crazy for this dip!

  29. #
    Baker Street — December 6, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    Mmmmm…. I love it! Bookmarked. :)

  30. #
    Paula B. — December 6, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    This sounds yummy and so easy to put together. It cam just in time, having the girls over for a cookie exchange this week and I was looking for some easy apps for them!

  31. #
    kitchenarian — December 6, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    What a great recipe! I love the simplicity of this – ranch and cheddar together…Mmmm. Can’t wait to make it.

  32. #
    DessertForTwo — December 6, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    I think I could eat all of this in 1 sitting!

  33. #
    Jill | Dulce Dough — December 8, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    This sounds so yummy! I love dips made with cream cheese.

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