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Hot Fennel Cheese Dip

Makes: 6 to 8 servings
Prep 25 mins Bake 400°F 15 mins Cook 10 mins
Hot Fennel Cheese Dip
  • 4  slices  bacon
  • 3  medium fennel bulbs* (8 oz. each)
  • 2  cloves garlic, minced
  • 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

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)
  • Servings Per Recipe 6,
  • cal. (kcal) 553,
  • Fat, total (g) 51,
  • chol. (mg) 72,
  • sat. fat (g) 16,
  • carb. (g) 11,
  • Monounsaturated fat (g) 7,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 18,
  • fiber (g) 3,
  • sugar (g) 0,
  • pro. (g) 13,
  • vit. A (IU) 437,
  • vit. C (mg) 12,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 1,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 36,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 896,
  • Potassium (mg) 535,
  • calcium (mg) 343,
  • iron (mg) 0,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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