Jarlsberg Dip Sliders and a Giveaway

I love cheese.  Maybe a little too much since we have about eight types of cheese in our fridge.  That’s why I jumped on the offer from Kitchen Play to be one of 29 bloggers to participate in 29 days of Jarlsberg Dip

 

The first thing I noticed when I opened up the cheese was that it wasn’t a smooth cream but instead a mixture of shredded Jarlsberg and diced red onion.  One look at the dip and I decided that I need to make it into grilled cheese.

 

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I am a grilled cheese fanatic.  For me the key to a good grilled cheese is for it to be super melty, and this dip was the perfect combination of ingredients for maximum melty-ness. 

 

The dip is a little nutty and a little tangy so I decided that I needed to make sliders to taste test a few different sweet accompaniments.  I bought a fresh French baguette and decided to use some white truffle oil instead of butter. As a note: the most complicated part of putting these together was flipping them, I ended up using a silicon spatula and a spatula-turner to grab each side of the sandwich and flipped it mid air and slid it on the un-grilled side.  Of course this wouldn’t be such a problem if you use regular-sized bread. Jarlsberg Dip6

 

Grilled Jarlsberg Dip Sliders

Trial #1: Just Jarlsberg

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Delicious, it was gooey and a little tangy.   This is a much quicker sandwich than it would be if it were a solid cheese.  If you are a grilled cheese purist then this is your sandwich.

 

Trial #2: Grape Tomatoes

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This was my second favorite combination.  I even tried it twice.  Tomatoes hold up well to the heat and are a good foil to the warm and melty cheese.  I don’t know a better way to put it but the tomatoes seem cold and wet, even after grilling and I love this combination.

 

Trial #3:Macintosh Apple and Granny Smith ApplesJarlsberg Dip8

 

I had high hopes for both apple combos and mistakenly thought that there would be a difference between a sweeter and a tarter apple.  Unfortunately, I don’t think these apples held up as well being heated.  The warmed up apples almost disappeared against the cheese. 

 

 Trial #4: Blackberry PreservesJarlsberg Dip13

 

After the trial with the apples I thought I’d go for a stronger flavor and try some preserves.  I started with the blackberry preserves thinking that the extreme sweetness would be a good foil.  I enjoyed the sweet and savory combination but thought the blackberries were a little too sweet.

 

Trial #5: Apricot Preserves-WINNERJarlsberg Dip12

 

This combination was perfect.  The apricot was sweet but not too sweet and it highlighted the tang and creaminess of the cheese.  Also, the truffle oil shined on this dish.  It disappeared on all of the other sandwiches.  Therefore, it was the clear winner.  I am planning on making this again stat.  yum.

 

 

Now for the giveaway.  Jarlsberg is giving away a tailgate tote.  For all of the details on how to enter, visit the Jarlsberg blog. The giveaway will include a tailgate tote stocked with:
Jarlsberg Lite Cheese
Jarlsberg Cheese Dip
Snofrisk (a Norwegian style cream cheese)
Crispbreads
Honey crèmes
Honey vinegar

 

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

 

Disclaimer: The folks over at Kitchen Play were kind enough to invite me to participate in this event with Jarlsberg cheese and compensated me for the cost of the ingredients. As always all opinions are mine. I can’t pass up a chance to try new foods!

8 comments:

Casey from Kitchen PLAY said...

Hi Beth,

What dedication! To try five different versions until you hit on a keeper...well, that takes true commitment to the cause. Great to know that it's even easier than a typical grilled cheese (which, lets face it, is pretty easy to begin with). I'll be trying a couple of your top choices!

Best,
Casey

Beth @ Kitchenminions said...

Thanks Casey! It was so much fun to experiment with!

Lisa Bates said...

What a fun exercise, Beth! I LOVE that you used white truffle oil, the baguettes, and cheese dip!! Those are both really great ideas! And your critiques on each were really helpful, I think I'll try making them with the grape tomatoes. And I dig the photos!

Beth @ Kitchenminions said...

Thanks Lisa!

Janna M said...

Oh my... that looks so good! The dip is great isn't it? I'm thinking of making this for my next party. How fun!

kelly_bakes said...

oh my goodness. what ISN'T better with ooey gooey cheese? [or apricot filling, for that matter?] will get to posting a response to this soon! :]

kitchenminions said...

Thanks Kelly! I hope you have fun with the questions!

Lara @ Good Cook Doris said...

Those look delicious! I'm with you - I always have fridge full of cheese and it was nice to try something new!