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Smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip pairs beautifully with pretzels. So if you’re looking for the best pretzel cheese sauce recipe, look no further. This cheese dipping sauce is made with smoked gouda, cheddar and cream cheese, along with other flavourful ingredients. It’s quick and easy to make and tastes much fresher and better than any store-bought dip for pretzels.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip for pretzels. You will love this cheese dipping sauce.

Pretzels and cheese makes a delicious appetizer. This smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip is a breeze to prepare and boasts onion, garlic and bacon flavours in every mouthful, making it a sure-fire hit at any party, potluck supper or get-together.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip for pretzels. You will love this cheese dipping sauce.

Pretzel Cheese Sauce Recipes Ingredients

Cheese is of course the star of the show in this dip for pretzels. Smoked gouda, cheddar and cream cheese combine with sour cream to make the dip. Green onions, garlic, bacon bits, onion powder, and black pepper are included too. If the dip comes out too thick, you can add in a little heavy cream as well.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip for pretzels. You will love this cheese dipping sauce.

You might be wondering whether you can use other kinds of cheese in this cheese dipping sauce. Since pretzels and cheese are such a beautiful pairing, you can use any kind of cheese you want here.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip for pretzels. You will love this cheese dipping sauce.

I do find the smoked gouda, cheddar and cream cheese to be a great combo but you can use other favourites instead. Emmental, edam, a blend of cheeses, goat cheese, Monterey-jack… these are just a few ideas. You can use any combination of cheeses. Shred your own or use pre-shredded, as you prefer. As for the cream cheese, I like to use the full-fat kind because it’s tastier.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip for pretzels. You will love this cheese dipping sauce.

If you are using pre-shredded cheese, you might find the added ingredients (the starch to stop the pieces sticking together) might thicken the dip up a bit.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip for pretzels. You will love this cheese dipping sauce.

You can use bacon bits in the smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip or else crumbled freshly cooked bacon, as you prefer. To add a little heat, consider a pinch of cayenne pepper or chilli powder, or even some minced jalapeños. The pretzels that I used are these soft pretzels and these soft pretzel bites.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip for pretzels. You will love this cheese dipping sauce.

How to Make this Dip for Pretzels

Shred all the block cheeses into a bowl. Mix everything else together in a second bowl, apart from some of the green onion and bacon. Now you can mix the shredded cheese into the cream cheese mixture. If you’re using ready-shredded cheese you can just add it directly to the cream cheese mixture instead of using two bowls.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip for pretzels. You will love this cheese dipping sauce.

Spread the smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip mixture into a cast iron skillet or similar ovenproof pan or dish. Give it about 15 minutes, stirring at the halfway point. If it seems too thick, you can mix in a splash of cream.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip for pretzels. You will love this pretzel cheese sauce recipe.

Once everything is melted, serve warm with the rest of the green onion and bacon sprinkled on top. This pretzels and cheese appetizer goes really well with a nice cold beer!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip for pretzels. You will love this pretzel cheese sauce recipe.

Pretzel Alternatives

Although pretzels and cheese just seem to pair perfectly, you don’t have to serve pretzels. You might prefer baguette slices or even corn chips, crackers, or veggie sticks like carrot and celery, for example.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip for pretzels. You will love this pretzel cheese sauce recipe.

The pretzel cheese sauce recipe is quite thick so I wouldn’t recommend anything delicate such as some kinds of potato chips which would likely just break while you’re trying to scoop.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip for pretzels. You will love this pretzel cheese sauce recipe.

Other appetizer recipes that pair well with it are a smoked queso dip, jalapeño popper rolls or crab cake egg rolls.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip for pretzels. You will love this pretzel cheese sauce recipe.

Smoked Gouda Dip FAQs

How long will leftovers keep?

Any leftovers can be refrigerated for a few days in an airtight container. Leftover cheese dipping sauce is great served over roasted or baked potatoes, steamed vegetables or with French fries.

Where can you buy soft pretzels?

Check the frozen section of Costco, Trader Joe’s, Walmart or your local grocery store. If you can’t find them for whatever reason, any kind of crusty bread will be good with cheese dipping sauce. I used these store bought original pretzels and pretzel bites.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip for pretzels. You will love this pretzel cheese sauce recipe.

Smoked Gouda Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip for Pretzels Recipe

5 from 8 votes

Smoked Gouda Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip for Pretzels

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Smoked gouda bacon cheddar cheese dip pairs beautifully with pretzels. So if you're looking for the best pretzel cheese sauce recipe, look no further. This cheese dipping sauce tastes much fresher and better than any store-bought dip for pretzels.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 2 Ounces smoked gouda
  • 2 Ounces cheddar cheese, spicy
  • 2 Ounces cheddar cheese, mild
  • 4 Ounces cream cheese
  • ½ Cup sour cream
  • ½ Cup green onions
  • ¼ Cup bacon bits
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy cream, optional

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Shred the blocks of cheese and combine in a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, combine all remaining ingredients. Set aside 1 tbsp of the green onions and bacon for topping.
  • Next, combine both bowls. Mix well.
  • Add to a cast iron skillet. Place into the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Stop to stir halfway through.
  • Add 1 tbsp of heavy cream and stir if cheese is too thick (optional).
  • Top with remaining green onions and bacon bits.
  • Serve with pretzels.

Notes

I used these store bought original pretzels and pretzel bites.

Nutrition

Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 513IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 1mg
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Bursting with wonderful flavour, this smoked gouda cheese dip pairs so well with soft pretzels. Once the ingredients are combined you simply have to cook it in the oven until hot, bubbly and irresistible!

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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  1. 5 stars
    What a great little appetizer for a gathering or party. Perfect for a night around the firepit!