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Hot Cheesy Kale and Bacon Dip plus Sargentos Chopped Challenge

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Sargento is hosting a “Chopped at Home” contest, and they wanted to see what I could do for the Chopped challenge with Sargento cheese! How about Hot Cheesy Kale and Bacon Dip?

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.

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Here is the list of ingredients I had to include:
  • Sargento® Chef Blends 4 State Cheddar
  • Kale
  • Oyster Crackers
  • Bacon

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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.

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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

You can do your own competition at home using Sargento and enter the Chopped at Home contest where you could win $10,000! (Find contest details here) What recipe would you submit to the Chopped At Home contest featuring Sargento cheese?

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Hot Cheesy Kale and Bacon Dip

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  • 2 8 oz pkgs. of light cream cheese
  • 1 10 oz pkg frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • cup fully cooked diced bacon
  • cup Sargento® Chef Blends 4 State Cheddar shredded cheese
  • 1 Tbsp chopped garlic
  • ½ 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.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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.


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