Cheese dip is a dipping sauce that has cheese as the main ingredient. Cheese adds creaminess, thickness and richness to any dip and all these qualities make the dipping sauce well-liked by people of all age groups, especially kids.
There are several variations of cheese dipping sauce that belong to distinctive cuisines and even the variety of foods eaten with these dipping sauces also varies among different cuisines. Some of the popular cheese dipping sauces are blue cheese dressing, chili con queso and fondue.
Origin of Cheese Dip Recipe
Though the origin of cheese dip is not clear, the dipping sauce is believed to be introduced by a Mexican immigrant way back in 1930s in Central Arkansas. He had started serving cheese dipping sauce at his Hot Springs Restaurant. The dip gained immense popularity due to its creaminess and quality of going well with almost all kind of foods.
Popular Cheese Dip Recipes
- Blue cheese dressing – This is one of the most popular dipping sauces or salad dressings of United States. As the name suggests, blue cheese is particularly used in combination with sour cream, milk, yoghurt, onion and garlic powder along with vinegar to make this cheesy dip. It is usually served with crudités (raw vegetables) and Buffalo wings.
- Chili con queso – It’s a Spanish cheese dipping sauce literally meaning ‘chili with cheese’. A combination of cheeses including Monetary Jack, Velveeta or Cream Cheese is used in melted form for this dip. Tex Mex restaurants typically serve this dip as a side dish with tortillas, queso chips (thicker variety of tortilla). Even it is used as a condiment in enchiladas, taco and quesadillas. It is either white or yellow in color and is generally served warm.
- Fondue – An extremely popular dish in Swiss and French cuisines, it was promoted even by the Swiss Cheese Union as the national dish of Switzerland in 1930’s. North Americans were introduced to this cheese dip in 1960’s, and since then fondue is the most commonly served cheese dipping sauce in American cuisine as well. A communal pot is particularly used to serve this melted cheese dip that is used to dip the bread pieces through long-stemmed forks. A blend of cheeses is generally incorporated with seasonings and wine to prepare this classic dish.
- Cheese and Horseradish dip – It’s a cheese dip comprising of creamed cottage cheese, Worcestershire sauce and prepared horseradish. It goes quite well with sliced raw vegetables like carrot, radish and cucumber.
- Nacho cheese dip – This dipping sauce is particularly prepared in Mexican flavor to be served with nachos. Simple grated cheese of any variety can be incorporated to make this cheesy dip. Milk, all-purpose flour, salt and pepper are the other ingredients. Jalapeño peppers can also be added for some spice in the dip.
- Herb cheese dips – This is the easiest cheese dipping sauce that goes well with all foods including chips, meats, finger foods and raw sliced vegetables. Any kind of herb such as chive, parsley, basil and oregano can be included to flavor the mixture of cream cheese and sour cream.
- Cream cheese and shrimp dip – It is a seafood dip that contains shrimps, and seafood sauce along with cream cheese Worcestershire sauce, sour cream and seasonings. All the ingredients except canned shrimps and seafood sauce are blended in the processor until smooth. Shrimps and seafood sauce are combined with the cheese dip at the time of serving. It goes well with assorted crackers.
Nutrition Facts Related to Cheese Dips
Although cheese is a dairy product that is high in protein, the unsaturated fats present in the cheese increases the calorie content of any cheese dip. It is suggested by the health experts to use reduced-fat or fat-free cheese for making healthy and fat-free cheese dips. Other ingredients like sour cream and mayonnaise may also be used in fat-free forms in order to minimize the calorie count of the cheese dipping sauce. Even the sodium content of the dip is also high; therefore cheese dip should be consumed in moderation.