Wisconsin Swiss and Bacon Artichoke Onion Dip

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by Milisa of Miss in the Kitchen

The holidays are nearly here, and I have to admit my favorite part of holiday meals, aside from dessert, are appetizers. I usually make something new just to keep it interesting.

This year I combined a few of my favorite hot dips and came up with Wisconsin Swiss & Bacon Artichoke Onion Dip. I know that’s a mouthful to say, but boy it is delicious.

One of my teenage sons thought the dip was good enough to be a casserole – he was just eating it with a fork. I had to laugh, and tried to talk him into some tortilla chips, but he was happy. Crackers or pita chips would also go nicely with this dip.

Of course the star of this appetizer is Wisconsin Swiss. I used a great Wisconsin Swiss, Wisconsin Cream Cheese, onions, artichoke and bacon. And nothing goes better with Swiss cheese than bacon. Am I right?

This dip is the perfect appetizer for any gathering this winter and versatile enough to be enjoyed all year round. New Year’s. Check. The Big Game. Check. Tailgating. Check.

Wisconsin Swiss & Bacon Artichoke Onion Dip

by Milisa of Miss in the Kitchen

Serves 8

2 tablespoons butter
4 cups onions, coarsely chopped
1  large clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
4 cups Wisconsin Swiss cheese, shredded
8 oz Wisconsin Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup milk
2 cups canned artichoke hearts (not pickled), drained and coarsely chopped

5 slices thick cut bacon, cooked and crumbled

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large skillet, add butter and melt over medium heat. Add onions and garlic, sprinkle in salt and pepper. Stir occasionally and cook until onions are caramelized.

In a large bowl, combine Swiss cheese, Cream Cheese and milk. Stir in onion and garlic mixture, artichoke hearts, and half of the cooked bacon. Pour into a greased baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining bacon.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve warm with tortilla chips or crackers.

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