Cheesy Chard Dip
by Country Spoon
There is nothing like hot bubbly cheese on crackers…This dip makes for the perfect dish to pass for any party or celebration, especially a surprise party. My older brother is turning 30 and as a dairy farmer, I could not skimp on the cheese, but he is still eating greens! Happy 30th Luke!
Cheesy Chard Dip:
1 bunch of tender green swiss chard
4 large garlic cloves – minced
2 T. butter + more for baking dish
1 c. light sour cream
1/2 c. mayo
1/2 lemon – freshly juiced
1 1/2 c. extra sharp cheddar cheese – shredded
1/2 c. pecorino romano cheese – finely shredded
1/2 t. freshly cracked black pepper
pinch of red pepper flakes
1 c. panko bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 375. In a skillet over low heat, melt 1 T. butter. Once melted, add minced garlic and saute 3-4 minutes until fragrant and slightly golden. Set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, mayo, lemon juice, cheeses, toasted garlic from skillet, black pepper and red pepper. Chop swiss chard into fine pieces, you will have roughly 3-4 cups. This will make it much easier to scoop!
Mix chopped swiss chard into cheese mixture and pour into a buttered baking dish. Return skillet to medium heat and melt 1 T. butter. Once melted, add panko bread crumbs. Stir, while scrapping garlic bits from bottom of skillet for about 1 minute. Top chard and cheese mixture with panko and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, uncovered. Enjoy warm out of the oven with pitas, toasted bread or crackers.