Simple Into Special: Jarlsberg Dip Creamed Spinach & A G!veaway

Cooking is fascinating.  A few special components can turn an every day meal into something extraordinary.   A sprinkle of herbs, a clove or two of garlic, a sprinkle of cheese, and presto-you have a gourmet dinner.

Take the spinach plant.  Simple green leaves, grown in rich, fertile soil.  With a few other simple ingredients,  spinach becomes so much more.  A dash of vinegar and oil, and it becomes a majestic spinach salad.  A hint of Parmesan and garlic, and it becomes a creamy pasta Florentine.  Delicious all on its own, but even more incredible with the right combination of ingredients.

I was invited, as one of twenty-nine bloggers, to try the new Jarlsberg Dip.   Made with Jarlsberg cheese, red onion, and mayonnaise, Jarlsberg Dip is great as an appetizer, or as an ingredient in other dishes.  For those who don’t know, Jarlsberg cheese is a semi-soft, part skim milk cheese made from cows milk.  It has a mild nutty flavor, a buttery-cream texture, and is produced in Norway.  Did you know that Jarlsberg is the #1 brand of specialty cheese in the United States?   I have had Jarlsberg cheese many times, but never the dip, so I was excited to give it a try. 

Jarlsberg dip is delightful straight out of the fridge, but is also quite nice  warmed up…I enjoy the creamy texture of melted Jarlsberg, so heated it in the microwave for about 40 seconds before serving.   The flavor was such a pleasant surprise!  The addition of the red onion and mayonnaise gives the dip a  nice “zip”, and the light-nutty flavor of the Jarlsberg makes it a perfect companion to anything you want to dip it with!   It was quite addicting, and especially delicious on tortilla chips.  As I munched on my 7 8 9th Jarlsberg dip-drenched tortilla chip, I thought of how delicious it would be mixed into several of my favorite dishes….but which one?  I could use it in my scalloped potatoes.  I could add it to scrambled eggs.  Both would be so flavorful, with the cheesy dip blended into it.   All of a sudden it came to me….Creamed Spinach!  That simple, yet, oh-so-nutritious little green leaf could become an elegant side dish, with Jarlsberg dip mixed into it.  I am definitely making this for my next dinner party!   I swooned, my husband (who is not fond of spinach) loved it, my son enjoyed it, and I know you will too!   Without further ado, my Jarlsberg Dip Creamed Spinach!

  • 2 Packages Frozen Spinach, Chopped
  • 1/2 c. Half-and-Half
  • 1 (8 oz) Container Jarlsberg Dip
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • Black Pepper to Taste

Cook the spinach for about five minutes, then drain in a strainer for about five minutes.   Heat the half-and-half in a sauce pan on medium heat, stirring so it does not burn.

Add the Jarlsberg dip, and stir until melted into the cream.  Add the spinach and salt,  and stir to blend.  Serve immediately, adding the black pepper to taste. 

Have you tried Jarlsberg dip before?  What recipe would you use it in?   Now, you’ll have a chance to find out!  My recipe, as well as other blogger recipes, using Jarlsberg Dip, will be featured each day during the month of February, on  the Jarlsberg Dip website.  To see our recipes, click on the following button:   

 Also, as part of the Jarlsberg dip “29 Ways to Leap Into Jarlsberg Dip,” you will have a chance to win a Jarlsberg dip tailgate tote, stocked with:

  • Jarlsberg Lite Cheese
  • New Jarlsberg Dip
  • Snofrisk (A Norwegian style cream cheese)
  • Crispbreads
  • Honey Creme’s
  • Honey Vinegar

Go to the Jarlsberg Tailgate Tote GIVEAWAY and enter for your chance to win! 

Disclosure:  I received monetary compensation to pay for the Jarlsberg dip and supplies for my recipe, but the recipe and my opinions are 100% my own!

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Julie is the Arizona-based lifestyle writer/editor of A Cork, Fork, & Passport. She is an accomplished chef, traveler, kid wrangler, dachshund chaser, and social media expert.
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