Sunday, July 3, 2011

Appetizer - "41" Twin Cheese Dip

Matt and I recently celebrated our second anniversary. Since we love cooking, my parents got us a cooking booklet to accompany our anniversary gift. The booklet is titled "Coca-Cola Refreshing Recipes".

It was funny, as I had flipped through this booklet while we were waiting to check out at the grocery store a few weeks ago, and it had many yummy looking recipes! Of course, they all either contain Coca-Cola or go well alongside a tasty glass of Coca-Cola! (The booklet should be on newsstands through August if you're interested in nabbing a copy.)

One recipe in particular stuck out to me as being possibly perfect for sharing as a party appetizer. We're headed to a 4th of July party at the home of some friends (Hi Tammy and Shawn!), so I decided it would be a perfect time to try this dip. It has many nice rich flavors in it, and the secret mystery ingredient - Coca-Cola!

I decided to slightly alter the recipe's original name ("Twin Cheese Dip") in homage to the drive-in theater we'd go as kids. This stuff is so good, it could replace that fake yellow cheese sauce on the nachos they sold there.

The dip turned out wonderfully, and I think it will be added to our permanent recipe collection. It was a snap to make, makes a TON, and contains many ingredients that we already had in our pantry and fridge. It also came together in about 15 minutes, so easy! I would recommend this for anyone looking for a quick and tasty appetizer. Hope everyone at the party tomorrow enjoys it!

41 Twin Cheese Dip

Ingredients:
-12 oz (about 3/4 pound) shredded sharp Cheddar, grated
-4 oz Roquefort cheese (we used blue cheese which is apparently very similar), crumbled
-1 clove garlic
-3/4 cup Coca-Cola
-2 tablespoons margarine, softened
-1 tablespoon grated onion (we used reconstituted dried minced onion from Penzey's)
-1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
-1 teaspoon dry mustard
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (we used Sriracha)

Mix cheeses in mixing bowl. Put garlic through a garlic press and add to bowl. Add 1/2 cup of the Coca-Cola and the remaining ingredients. Mix to combine.

Use a food processor or blender to combine, gradually adding the remaining 1/4 cup Coca-Cola. Process until fairly smooth and fluffy. Chill overnight and serve with crackers or raw vegetables.
Makes 3 cups.

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