Hot Fennel Cheese Dip

Although chock-full of fennel, this super-thick and chunky dip will remind you of hot artichoke dip. Complete the snack by serving with fresh vegetables.

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Makes:
6 servings
Prep:
25 mins
Bake:
15 mins 400°F
Cook:
10 mins
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Hot Fennel Cheese Dip

Ingredients
4
slices bacon
3
medium fennel bulbs* (8 oz. each)
2
1
8 ounce jar mayonnaise
1
8 ounce carton dairy sour cream
1
4 ounce package crumbled blue cheese
20
dried whole black or pink peppercorns, crushed
 
Finely shredded Parmesan cheese (about 2 tablespoons)
 
Fine dry bread crumbs (about 2 tablespoons)
 
Radishes and/or Belgian endive leaves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F. In a skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon; set aside.
  2. To prepare fennel, cut off and discard upper stalks of fennel. Remove any wilted outer layers and cut a thin slice from the fennel base. Wash fennel and cut in half lengthwise; remove core. Cut crosswise into very thin slices.
  3. Add fennel and garlic to drippings in skillet. Cook over medium heat about 10 minutes until fennel is just tender and begins to brown, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add mayonnaise, sour cream, blue cheese, bacon, and peppercorns to fennel; mix well. Divide mixture between two 16-ounce oven-proof crocks, souffle dishes, or other oven-proof dishes. In a small bowl combine Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs; top mixture in each crock with Parmesan mixture.
  4. Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes, or until just heated through and tops are light brown. Do not overbake. Serve with radishes and/or Belgian endive leaves. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

From the Test Kitchen

* Test Kitchen Tip:

You may substitute 4-1/2 cups shredded cabbage or 3-1/2 cups chopped cauliflower for the fennel. Cook as directed.

Nutrition Facts

(Hot Fennel Cheese Dip)
    Per serving:
  • 553 kcal cal.,
  • 51 g fat
  • (16 g sat. fat,
  • 18 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 7 g monounsatured fat),
  • 72 mg chol.,
  • 896 mg sodium,
  • 11 g carb.,
  • 3 g fiber,
  • 0 g sugar,
  • 13 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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