Rich and creamy, but with less fat than cream cheese, this TO DIE FOR Low-Fat Garlic & Onion Asiago Cheese Dip will have you changing your mind about dipping your buffalo wings into blue cheese or Ranch dressing! It paired beautifully with my new wings, and can be used as a spread for sandwiches, wraps and flatbreads, a dip for veggies, or even on a grilled pizza or panini! This is sure to be your new, go-to cheese dip!
It was MASSIVELY hot and humid the day that I decided to send myself on a “fun” adventure with full-blown heat exhaustion, as close as I EVER want to come to having a total heatstroke ever again, so I sadly didn’t get a very good photo for you. (I was literally a little delirious, with a massive headache, and very nauseous!)
I fried up 3 batches of wings in a hot kitchen without the A/C on, had the oven on to keep them warm, made a new buffalo sauce, this cheese dip, and then proceeded to take even more photos out on burning hot the deck.
In 98º heat and 98% humidity.
Let’s just say, that I won’t be trying that trick again any time soon…
So my dip got quite soft, almost melty, but yours will stay looking much prettier! It’s really a shame, because this dip is SO, SO stinkin’ good!!! Even better with wings than my beloved homemade Blue Cheese Salad Dressing!! Yep!! So. Very sorry for the less than stellar photos.
So. Anyways. To make this with less calories and less fat, I started with neufchâtel cheese. It’s almost identical to cream cheese in looks and taste, but with a few less naughties. What’s not to love about that, right?
Just pop it into the microwave, and nuke it just until soft the same way you do cream cheese.
Give it a nice stir to make it creamy and mixable, and add most of the rest of the ingredients.
*I used dried chives in this, but you can certainly use fresh if you have them on hand. I also used dried minced onion, but you can swap that for fresh too, if you want. Just make sure that you chop it VERY fine.
Give it a nice stir to mix, then add your finely grated asiago cheese!
Don’t care for asiago, or don’t have any? That’s ok! You can sub fresh parmesan!
But asiago is one of my favorites and so underrated!! Give it a try in this, because you just might like it!
Stir that in until it’s all creamy again….
…then add just a little teeny tiny pinch of cayenne.
Lastly, stir in just enough milk to make a dipping consistency.
*If you’re wanting to use this as a spread, add less or omit it completely.
Doesn’t it look DIVINE? Trust me when I say, it is!!!
I’m a die-hard blue cheese fan, well, I was until now, anyway! This, honestly, was even better.
Richness from the creamy cheese and olive oil, tons of flavor from the asiago, and just enough garlic and onion to let you know you’re alive!
This cheesy dipping sauce could not have been more of a surprise! And paired beautifully with my new wings!! (Coming SOON!!)
So, if you’re looking for an easy, flavorful, new dip for wings, or a cheesy spread for sandwiches, wraps or flatbreads, or just a new fun dip for veggies, this Low-Fat Garlic & Onion Asiago Cheese Dip won’t disappoint! Be sure to save this and add it to your Pinterest boards for safe-keeping! Football munchie season is right around the corner!
Hope you all enjoy, have a wonderful day, and stay out of the heat! 😉
- 2 oz. cream cheese, very soft
- ¼ cup mayo
- 1 Tbl. sour cream
- ¼ tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tsp. dried minced onion
- 1 tsp. finely snipped fresh chives (or dried if you don't have fresh)
- 1/16 tsp. each regular table salt & regular ground black pepper
- 3 Tbl. very finely grated asiago cheese (can sub parmesan if preferred)
- ¼ tsp. olive oil
- ¼ tsp. apple cider vinegar
- teeny tiny pinch of cayenne
- 2 tsp. milk to thin for a dip consistency, *omit for a thicker spread, *increase for a thinner drizzle
- In small bowl, add neufchâtel cheese and microwave just until soft. (Only maybe 20 seconds on High, depending on your microwave.)
- Whisk until creamy, add everything up to the asiago cheese, and stir until mixed and creamy.
- Stir in asiago cheese. Stir in olive oil, vinegar, and cayenne.
- Add milk to desired consistency, and stir again until creamy. (Omit if using this recipe for a spread.)
- Wonderful served with buffalo wings! Enjoy!