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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Asiago Cheese Dip

Yields: 7 cups
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 3 hours (low) or 1-1/2 hours (high)


1 cup chicken broth or water [250 ml]
4 ounces dried tomatoes (not oil-packed) [112 g]
2-16 ounce carton dairy sour cream  [900 ml]
1 1/2 cups finely shredded Asiago cheese (6 ounces) [168 g]
1 1/4 cups mayonnaise
1/2 of an 8 ounce package cream cheese, cut up [112 g]
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms or 1 ounce rehydrated dried mushrooms (such as porcini, shiitake, chanterelle, and/or oyster)*
1 cup thinly sliced green onions
Thinly sliced green onions
Baguette-style French bread slices, topped with finely shredded Asiago cheese and toasted


In a small saucepan, bring broth to boiling. Remove from heat. Add dried tomatoes; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Drain, discarding liquid. Chop tomatoes (you should have about 1-1/4 cups).

Meanwhile, in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, combine sour cream, the 1-1/2 cups Asiago cheese, the mayonnaise, cream cheese, mushrooms, and the 1 cup green onions. Stir in chopped tomatoes.

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours or on high-heat setting for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Stir well before serving. If desired, keep warm in the slow cooker on low-heat setting for up to 2 hours. Sprinkle dip with additional green onions and serve with toasted cheese-topped baguette slices. Makes 7 cups.

From the Test Kitchen

Test Kitchen Tip:
To rehydrate dried mushrooms, place the dried mushrooms in a small bowl. Add enough boiling water to cover; let stand for 30 minutes. Drain mushrooms, squeezing out any excess liquid. Coarsely chop mushrooms.

Nutrition Facts per 1/4 cup dip: 196 calories, 19 g total fat (8 g sat. fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 269 mg sodium, 4 g carbs, 1 g dietary fiber, 4 g protein.

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