Make-Your-Own Baked Cheese Dip

Very Easy
Serves 16
Vegetarian
Ingredients: 
  • 16 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (such as Cheddar, Swiss, Blue, Gorgonzola, Monterey Jack or combination)
  • - choice of stir-ins (see suggestions below)
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese, such as Mozzarella or Parmesan
Instructions: 

Beat cream cheese until creamy and smooth; stir in mayonnaise, 2 cups shredded cheese and choice of stir-ins until well blended. Spread in a 9x9" glass baking dish sprayed lightly with cooking spray; sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Bake in a preheated 350° oven until bubbly, golden-brown and thoroughly hot (25-35 min.). Let stand 10 min. before serving with crackers or bread.

Stir-Ins:

  • 15 oz. can artichoke hearts, rinsed, well drained and chopped
  • 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/4 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1/4 cup chopped cooked shrimp or crab
  • 1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • 1/4 cup chopped Genoa salami
  • 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup caramelized onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped, pitted olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped pimentos
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 2 tbsp. sliced green onion
  • 2-4 dashes hot sauce or Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp. grated onion
  • 1/2-1 tsp. dried herbs
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • kosher salt and/or coarse ground black pepper, to taste