Easy Cheese Dip

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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.

A cheese board with sliced bread and a bowl of cheese dip

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.

A board with a bowl of cheese spread and slices of bread

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.

  1. Rummage through your fridge and pull out a variety of hard and soft cheeses.
  2. Chop the cheese into small pieces, removing any rind.
  3. Place the ingredients into the food processor and blend until soft and creamy, but not totally smooth.
  4. Place in a serving bowl.
  5. 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!

Storage information

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.

A board with a bowl of cheese spread and slices of bread

Easy Cheese Dip

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” but it actually takes about 2 whole minutes and only 4 ingredients you likely have on hand anyway.
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Course: Kid Friendly Snacks and Appetizers
Cuisine: French
Keyword: appetizer, dip
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 351kcal
Author: Jenni – The Gingered Whisk


  • 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
  • ½ 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.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 714mg | Sugar: 1g

This recipe is slightly adapted from Jacques Pepin.

Looking for a more visual approach? Try the How to make easy cheese dip story.


  1. Little Cooking Tips says:

    That’s really different from the cheese spreads we’re used to making here in Greece. We bet it’ll taste amazing with a white Santorini wine;) Thank you for the delicious recipe and the innovative technique! Great work Jenni!
    Mirella and Panos

  2. This sounds heavenly! Cheese is my weakness and favourite thing ever so this is right up my street. Can’t wait to try it!

  3. Platter Talk says:

    Wow. I guess that is easy. I never thought of using chicken stock to help produce a cheese dip before! Cool.

  4. Kate @ Veggie Desserts says:

    2 mintues and 4 ingredients?? Amazing, no excuse not to make it!

  5. Helene D'Souza says:

    That’s a dip we would make for new year and there is always wine with that. Gorgeous dip, thanks for reminding me of this 🙂

  6. Mark, Compass & Fork says:

    I do like the simplicity of this recipe. It is easy, just what you need when you are busy and getting ready for some entertaining.

  7. I love an easy appetizer, especially this time of year!

  8. Warm Cocotte says:

    Love to see Italian cooking around the world! Special appetizer!
    Wish you a wonderful week!
    Gloria & Emanuele (Warm Cocotte Team)

  9. Yummmm! Looks amazing! Will definitely have to make this for the next gathering.

  10. Megan @ MegUnprocessed says:

    Great photography!

  11. Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy says:

    Love easy cheese dips. Quick to make…and party perfect. This sounds delicious.

  12. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says:

    Cheese dips are some of my FAVORITES! I could easily eat this entire bowl. Sounds so good.

  13. Love an easy cheese dip! It sounds perfect with the 3 cheese blend from Stella Cheese. Such a wonderful appetizer for the holiday season.

  14. What an easy recipe! Such a tasty dip, and I can’t wait to make it!

  15. Yes!!! I was looking for a great dip for my Holiday party. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. Marie-Pierre Breton says:

    I’m such a cheeseaholic! I’ll try this lovely garlicky recipe of your for sure!

  17. Michelle Ferrand says:

    This is my favorite thing ever! Do you have a favorite type of cheese to mix together for this recipe???

  18. Perfect appetizer for holiday parties.

  19. Mmmm, cheese! This sounds like a great idea for a New Year’s Eve party!

  20. Monica Le says:

    WOW, this dip sounds absolutely fantastic…! I can’t wait to dive into the recipe.

  21. Cheese is involved? Count me in! Looks great!

  22. Claire @ The Simple, Sweet Life says:

    Loving how easy and delicious this looks!

  23. Oh wow, this sounds delicious, and I LOVE how easy it is! Especially when tis the season for last minute guests 🙂 Will be adding this to my must try list!

  24. Garlic and cheese and bread? Ummm….. yes, please! 🙂 Love this recipe!

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