I love to get creative. Challenges like this push that creativity and some time the results can be outstanding. So, I came up with my best Chopped-inspired dish featuring Sargento Shredded Cheese.
Here is the list of ingredients I had to include:
- Sargento® Chef Blends 4 State Cheddar
- Oyster Crackers
The 4 State Cheddar include Sharp Wisconsin Cheddar, Sharp Vermont Cheddar, Sharp New York Cheddar and Mild California Cheddar which come together to offer true Cheddar enthusiasts a complex, full range of delicious flavor.
I’m not extreme familiar with kale. I use it in soup and as something to used when plating food, but that’s about it. So, when I discovered that you could get kale in the frozen food section of the store I knew what I was going to make for the challenge.
I opted for a spin on a spinach dip using the cheese, kale and bacon. Also, I added in some cream cheese and garlic. Then, I was left with what to do with the oyster crackers. Lastly, I remember a bacon dip recipe I make that gets topped with crushed crackers and decided to crush the oyster crackers to top of the dip.
I must say that it was pretty tasty! You can serve it up with tortilla chips, veggies, pita chips or my favorite, slices of baguette bread.
Now all of you at-home cooks
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- 2 (8 oz) pkgs. of light cream cheese
- 1 (10 oz) pkg frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- 1/3 cup fully cooked diced bacon
- 2/3 cup Sargento® Chef Blends 4 State Cheddar shredded cheese
- 1Tbsp chopped garlic
- 1/2 cup oyster crackers, crushed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all of the above ingredients together EXCEPT the cracker.
- Spread into a 9 inch pie plate and top with crushed crackers.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until hot and crackers are starting to brown.
Available in 30 versatile varieties, unique blends and distinct cuts, Sargento Shredded Cheese is always cut from blocks of 100% real, natural cheese. For more inspiration, check out the Sargento Pinterest page Pinterest.com/sargentocheese/ or visit Sargento.com for more information. The Chopped at Home Challenge gives viewers a chance to create their best recipe using the selected basket ingredients, including Sargento Shredded Cheese, for a chance to win $10,000!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sargento. The opinions and text are all mine.