Red Wine & Cheese Dip for Mini Food Warmers

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Put your mini slow cooker to use with this delicious party dip that combines a few of my favorite things: melted cheese with the fresh taste of citrus and a full-bodied red wine. Your guests will enjoy scooping the bubbling cheese dip right from your warmer or mini crock pot.

Serve this savory dip with crusty bread, crackers or tortilla chips. Pair it with your favorite red wine to bring out the rich flavor of wine in this recipe.

Red wine and cheese dip in a mini crockpot with an orange and cheese block on the side, wooden background.

A mini slow cooker isn’t just a cute kitchen appliance–it’s also the perfect vessel for party dips and appetizers. In this recipe, we’ve combined soft cream cheese with cheddar cheese, red wine, fresh orange juice and mild spices. The result is a hot, bubbling dip that resembles a pot of fondue.

Offer a selection of dipping materials like crusty bread, crackers, chips, mini breadsticks and more. Your guests will be delighted by the hot, bubbling dip that melts in their mouths with gooey, cheesy deliciousness.

Red wine and cheese dip in a mini crockpot with an orange and cheese block on the side, wooden background.

Unlike most party dips, which are served cold, dump dip is served hot like a pot of nacho cheese. As a result, this dip is much heartier and more filling than traditional party appetizers. Serve this dip as an after-dinner snack while you sip on some bubbly or make it the centerpiece of the meal.

Once you’ve mastered this recipe, you can try experimenting with different types of cheddar. Try shredding an aged farmhouse cheddar or a block of white Vermont cheese. Gouda is a great melting cheese and pairs well with red wine, so you might want to give that a try.

Red wine and cheese dip in a mini crockpot with tortilla chips on the side, wooden background.

This little dipper recipe takes about an hour to warm up, so plan accordingly. You can start heating up the dip ahead of time or let it simmer while your guests are still arriving. Either way, you’ll be serving up a hearty appetizer that keeps everyone happy.

What’s your favorite thing to serve in your mini crockpot? Let us know in the comments and if you thought this recipe was awesome, please share!

Red wine and cheese dip in a mini crockpot with tortilla chips on the side, wooden background.

Red Wine & Cheese Dip

Joss D
Put your mini slow cooker to use with this delicious party dip that combines a few of my favorite things: melted cheese with the fresh taste of citrus and a full-bodied red wine.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 8 1/4 cup servings
Calories 199 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 6 oz. cream cheesesoftened
  • 8 oz. old cheddar cheeseshredded
  • 5 tbsp. red winecabernet sauvignon
  • ¼ cup orange juicefreshly squeezed
  • ¼ tsp. ground thyme
  • Saltto taste

Instructions
 

  • Combine all dip ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth. Season with salt, to taste.
  • Add the dip to a mini warmer (such as the crock pot little dipper).
  • Heat until the cheese is fully melted and bubbly, about 60 minutes or more.
  • Serve with tortilla chips, crispy breadsticks or crackers.

Equipment

Mini slow cooker

Notes

This recipe makes 2 cups of cheese dip but the serving size can easily be adjusted in the recipe card to fit your crock pot, large or small.

Nutrition

Calories: 199kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 8gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 245mgPotassium: 84mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 585IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 228mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.

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