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Jarlsberg Cheese Dip

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Serve Jarlsberg cheese dip as a spread on sandwiches, as the center of a dip tray with crackers, veggies, pretzels! It's the best of Gouda and Swiss in a dip!

This Jarlsberg Cheese Dip is ridiculously easy to make and so hard to stop eating (so. hard!). Just shred up some Jarlsberg cheese, throw it in a bowl with a bit of mayo, pickle juice, a splash of milk, and a couple more goodies, and mix it all up. That’s the whole shebang! In 10 minutes flat, you’ve got yourself a bowl of Jarlsberg cheese dip (or even spread for your sandwiches) that’s so creamy and packed with flavor that it’ll be a challenge not to polish it off in one sitting.

A bowl of Jarlsberg cheese dip garnished with chives, surrounded by a variety of crackers, with a black and white striped cloth in the background

I always used to get Jarlsbergy cheese dip from Kroger. It’s like they cracked the code on the perfect flavor blend that keeps you coming back for just one more scoop… Until suddenly, you’re scraping the bottom of the container. I love it! But let’s be real, it’s not exactly what I’d call budget-friendly. So, imagine the victory dance I did when I made this homemade Jarlsberg cheese dip recipe! It’s a dead ringer for Kroger’s creamy, nutty, and slightly tangy masterpiece but without the hefty price tag.

Jarlsberg Cheese Dip Overview

Cuisine Inspiration: American
Number of Ingredients: 6
Total Cook Time: 10 minutes
Primary Cooking Method: No-cook, just mix!
Dietary Info: Vegetarian, Gluten-Free
Key Flavor: Creamy, tangy, with a hint of nuttiness from the Jarlsberg
Skill Level: Beginner

Notable mentions

  • No-Fail Dip Recipe: Its simplicity means there’s little room for error – mix everything together, and you’re guaranteed success. Perfect for anyone who says they can’t cook!
  • Amazing Flavor: The sharpness of the red onion and the tang from the pickle juice dance perfectly with the mild, nutty essence of the Jarlsberg cheese. Add in the freshness of the chives, and you’ve got a flavor profile that’s hard to beat!
  • Highly Customizable: If you feel like tweaking your Jarslberg cheese dip and making the recipe your own, you can 100% do it. Want it creamier? Add more mayo. Craving a bit more tang? Splash in extra pickle juice. Make it yours!
  • Pairs with Everything: Seriously, I challenge you to find something this Jarlsberg dip doesn’t go well with. It’s perfect with crunchy veggies, a killer with chips, and absolutely amazing spread on a crispy baguette.

Ingredients to make Jarlsberg Cheese Dip

  • Jarlsberg Cheese: Freshly shredded blends smoothly into the dip, giving you that irresistible creaminess. It’s worth the tiny bit of elbow grease! This cheese usually hands out in the deli section of the grocery store and not with the typical bags of shredded cheese. If you can’t find Jarlsberg, you can do equal portions of gouda and Swiss cheese for a similar flavor!
  • Mayonnaise: The creamy base of this Jarlsberg cheese dip. You can go with regular mayo, but I really like to use avocado oil mayo for this recipe.
  • Pickle Juice: This is our secret weapon for adding a tangy kick. You wan to use dill pickles, if you use sweet, then it’s going to be on the sweeter side.
  • Milk: Use a splash to thin out the dip. It doesn’t matter if it’s whole, 2%, or even plant-based milk—use what you have on hand.
  • Red Onion & Fresh Chives: The red onion brings a nice sharpness, while the chives add a pop of color and a mild, oniony bite. Plus, extra chives make for a pretty garnish!
Overhead shot of a bowl of Jarlsberg cheese dip garnished with chives, surrounded by a variety of crackers, with a black and white striped cloth in the background

How to make Jarlsberg Cheese Dip

  1. Add the mayonnaise, pickle juice, and milk to a medium bowl. Whisk them together until smooth and well combined.
  2. Add the chopped red onion, fresh chives, and shredded Jarlsberg cheese to the mixture.
  3. Gently mix until everything is evenly coated with the mayonnaise dressing.
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  • Cheese Variations: If Jarlsberg is playing hard to get, swap it out for another cheese that has a similar mild, nutty flavor. Swiss or Gruyère, for example.
  • Bring the Heat: A minced serrano pepper or even a dash of red pepper flakes can weave in that warm kick. Start small – you can always add more if your taste buds crave da fire!
  • Lemon Zest: Grate a bit of lemon zest into your dip for a dose of fresh, citrusy brightness.
  • Spice It Up: A pinch of smoked paprika or garlic powder can elevate the flavor of this Jarlsberg cheese dip recipe without overshadowing the main ingredients.

Tips for making the best Jarlsberg dip

  1. Chill for Flavor: After mixing your ingredients, let the dip chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. This allows the flavors to mingle and deepen, resulting in an extra creamy, tangy and yummy dip!
  2. Taste and Tweak: Before you chill your dip, take a moment to taste it. This is your chance to make sure the seasoning is just right. It’s easier to add than to subtract tho, so tweak it gradually until it’s just perfect.
  3. Finely Chop Your Add-Ins: The size of your red onion and chives matters! Chop them nice and small, so you don’t get a huge chunk of onion in between the creamy dip.
A black plate with a scoop of Jarlsberg cheese dip, accompanied by an assortment of multi-grain and classic crackers, arranged on a black and white striped cloth, with more crackers and a bowl full of dip in the background

How to store Jarlsberg Cheese Dip

If you’ve got any dip left, transfer it into an airtight container and store it inside the fridge. You can serve it cold straight from the fridge, or if you want, let it sit out a bit to come to room temp, making it even creamier.

How long will Jarlsberg Cheese Dip last in the fridge?

Your creamy, homemade, and addictive Jarlsberg dip will stay tasty for up to 3 days. Just make sure it’s snug in its airtight container!

Can I freeze This Jarlsberg cheese dip recipe?

Yup! Scoop it into a freezer-safe container, and it’ll be good for up to 2 months. Labeling it with the date will help you remember when it’s time to enjoy it or make a new batch.

What to serve with Jarlsberg Cheese Dip

  • Pop Open Some Bubbles: I’ve found that the fizz from champagne makes the dip taste even creamier, if you can believe it. And if you’re more of a wine person, a crisp white is also a solid choice.
  • Crackers: Honestly, cheese dip without crackers is like a party without music – it just ain’t right. I’ve tried everything from those fancy water crackers to the ones that taste like they’ve got every grain known to man in them. They all rock with this dip.
  • Burgers and Sandwiches: Slathering this cheese dip on a sheet pan burger, a baked burger or a sandwich takes it to a whole new level. It’s creamy, it’s tangy, and it just fits right in!
  • Baked Potatoes: If you haven’t stuffed your baked potatoes with Jarlsberg cheese dip, you’re missing out. It’s like they were meant to be together!

Frequently asked questions

Can I bake this recipe?

Absolutely! I usually add cream cheese instead of milk and skip the pickle juice for the baked version. I also add a dash of garlic powder and a sprinkle of paprika! Then I pop it in the oven at 400°F for about 15 minutes, or until it’s golden and bubbly.

Can I make this dip ahead of time?

Yup! Just whip it up, store it in an airtight container in the fridge, and it’s ready to serve whenever you need it. A lifesaver for unexpected guests!

Can I substitute the fresh chives?

Sure thing! If you don’t have fresh chives on hand, you can use green onions (scallions) instead.

What’s the difference in Jarlsberg and swiss cheese?

Jarlsberg cheese is the child of gouda and swiss! It’s a combination of both cheeses and is heavier, sweeter and has more of a nutty flavor than traditional swiss cheese.

A hand holding a multi-grain cracker with a dollop of Jarlsberg cheese dip on it, with more crackers and a bowl of dip in the background

This Jarlsberg Cheese Dip is bound to become your next go-to for when those snack cravings hit! Not only is it a breeze to whip up right in your own kitchen, saving you a pretty penny, but it’s also a surefire way to satisfy that sudden urge for cheesy creaminess in a cracker.

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Jarlsberg Cheese Dip

Serve Jarlsberg cheese dip as a spread on sandwiches, as the center of a dip tray with crackers, veggies, pretzels! It's the best of Gouda and Swiss in a dip!
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Author Jackie
Servings 8 people
Course Appetizer
Calories 274
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • tablespoon pickle juice
  • tablespoons milk
  • ¾ medium red onion finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives plus extra for garnish
  • cups shredded Jarlsberg cheese

Instructions

  • Add the mayonnaise, pickle juice, and milk to a medium bowl. Whisk them together until the mixture is smooth and well-combined.
  • Add the chopped red onion, fresh chives, and shredded Jarlsberg cheese to the mixture.
  • Gently mix until everything is evenly coated with the mayonnaise dressing.

Notes

  • Chill for Flavor: After mixing your ingredients, let the dip chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. This allows the flavors to mingle and deepen, resulting in an extra creamy, tangy and yummy dip!
  • Taste and Tweak: Before you chill your dip, take a moment to taste it. This is your chance to make sure the seasoning is just right. It’s easier to add than to subtract tho, so tweak it gradually until it’s just perfect.
  • Finely Chop Your Add-Ins: The size of your red onion and chives matters! Chop them nice and small so you don’t get a huge chunk of onion in between the creamy dip.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25 cup, Calories: 274kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.04g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 395mg, Potassium: 21mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 299IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 257mg, Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American

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