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Course: Appetizers
Keyword: A Dip of Three Cheeses, Dips, Entertaining, Game Day, Gluten-Free, Snacks, Vegetarian

A Dip of Three Cheeses

Three Cheese and Date Dip Recipe
ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield: 3 cups
Dates, brandy, and brie elevate this cheese dip to party status. If you were to argue that the words “elegant” and “dip” can’t live side-by-side in harmony, well…you’d be wrong.
I love the funk the brie rind brings to the party, so I never remove it. You can of course, but you’ll need even more cheese to make up the total amount.
This recipe first appeared on altonbrown.com.
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  • 4 ounces (about 8 large) medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup muscovado sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 (8-ounce) container mascarpone cheese
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 6 ounces brie cheese, cut into chunks
  • 4 ounces walnuts, toasted

Specialized Hardware

  • Slow cooker
Three Cheese and Date Dip Recipe
ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield: 3 cups

Procedure

  • Combine the dates, water, brandy, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and reduce until dates are softened and mixture is syrup-thick, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely. This part can be made up to 1 week in advance.
  • Add the mascarpone, cream cheese, thyme, salt, and pepper to slow cooker and whip with a hand mixer on medium speed.
  • Fold in the brie, walnuts, and date mixture and cook on low for 1 hour. Stir and continue to maintain serving temp on the low or "warm" setting if available. Serve with toasted baguette.
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