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Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013

Not Just Cheese and Crackers

Indulgent Super Bowl dip recipes

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The team at the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has only one goal, to promote Wisconsin-made cheese and dairy products, and they’re quite effective. In the past, they’ve launched websites collecting recipes for gourmet macaroni and cheese and artisanal grilled-cheese sandwiches. Their latest online campaign is the website dairydips.com, which compiles more than 50 dip recipes from the traditional (cheesy crab dip, buffalo chicken dip) to the sophisticated (white bean cranberry rosemary dip) to the downright curious (mascarpone piña colada dip). As you’d expect from the Milk Marketing Board, the dips are all dairy-based and they tend toward the decadent, but the site is a good resource for those looking for fast Super Bowl party recipes. Below are two recipes from the site. The directions for each couldn’t be simpler; just combine the ingredients and serve.

Sriracha Blue Cheese Spread

1 cup (6 ounces) Wisconsin Blue Cheese, crumbled

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 small shallot, grated or minced

2 tablespoons apricot preserves

2 teaspoons Sriracha or Rooster sauce (or to taste)

Serve with celery, carrots, endive leaves or crackers

Wisconsin Mascarpone Carrot Cake Dip

2 cups carrots, grated (squeeze in paper towel to expel most of their liquid)

8 ounces (about 1 cup) Wisconsin mascarpone, softened

1/2 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin ricotta cheese

1/3 cup dates, diced

1 1/2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice, plus 1/2 teaspoon grated rind

1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped

Serve with ginger thins, ginger snaps or graham crackers.

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