Easy Cheese Dip is a simple and elegant appetizer to serve. Made with different kinds of cheese (basically the leftovers you find!), this family friendly French cheese dip is perfect to serve on your charcuterie board.
This easy cheese dip is perfect for quick and stress-free entertaining. Its a creamy and dreamy dip.
Also known as “fromage fort” which sounds like French for “fancy and impressive”, it actually takes about 2 whole minutes and only 4 ingredients you likely have on hand anyway. Seriously, this is utterly perfect for easy holiday entertaining. (Fromage fort actually means “strong cheese”).
Simply raid your refrigerator for all the cheese you have leftover from other parties and recipes and combine them with just a few other ingredients in a food processor to make an utterly fantastic appetizer that everyone will rave about.
What do you need to make this French cheese dip?
- Garlic – I recommend 3 cloves, peeled. You really do want to use fresh garlic here, not dried garlic powder.
- Chicken broth – You can also use vegetable broth or a nice dry white wine.
- Fresh ground black pepper
- Cheese! In all, you need 16 ounces of cheese, but you can mix and match what kind of cheese you used based on what you have on hand.
You also need a good food processor!
What kind of cheese do you use in Fromage fort?
This leftover cheese recipes uses a variety of hard and soft cheeses to create a unique and custom cheese dip that will always be amazing.
- Hard cheeses to use- sharp cheddar, parmesan, romano, swiss, or colby are all great.
- Soft cheeses to use – aged gouda, goat cheese, cream cheese, brie, gruyere, provolone, fontina, mozzarella, havarti, and camembert are all excellent choices.
*Do stay away from heavily herbed cheese, blue cheese, or fruited cheeses, as these will change the flavor too drastically.
How to make fromage fort
This quick cheese dip is super simple to make. For the full set of directions, make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below.
- Rummage through your fridge and pull out a variety of hard and soft cheeses.
- Chop the cheese into small pieces, removing any rind.
- Place the ingredients into the food processor and blend until soft and creamy, but not totally smooth.
- Place in a serving bowl.
- Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until ready to serve.
Serve with baguette, sourdough crackers, or fresh veggies. It is also great when broiled on a piece of bread!
Store your fromage fort in the fridge, tightly covered, for 3-5 days. The flavors will continue to develop, so it will get more flavorful and bold during that time.
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled
- 16 oz cheese - whatever combination of hard and soft cheese that you like (but I would stay away from "herbed" or "fruited" cheeses)
- 1/2 cup chicken broth, vegetable broth or dry white wine
- 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
- Chop cheeses into smallish pieces, removing any rind or bits of mold.
- Place the cheese, peeled garlic, pepper, and wine/broth into the bowl of a food processor and process until the mixture is soft and creamy, but not totally smooth.
- Place in a serving bowl.
- Either serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until ready to serve.
- Serve with sliced baguette, crackers, or vegetables.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 714mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 19g
This recipe is slightly adapted from Jacques Pepin.
Looking for a more visual approach? Try the How to make easy cheese dip story.