Pumpkin-Hard Cider Cheese Dip

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings

Ingredients
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 12 -ounce bottle hard cider
  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese (about 12 ounces)
  • Chopped fresh chives, for topping
Directions
  • Cook the bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and garlic; cook, stirring, until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the cider, pumpkin puree, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, the pie spice and cayenne until smooth. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 3 minutes.

  • Gradually whisk in the cream cheese and cheddar until melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. Transfer the dip to a bowl; top with the bacon and chives.

  • Serve with sliced apples or raisin-nut bread.

  • Photograph by Kana Okada


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