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. 

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