Baked White Cheddar Leek Dip

Grab your bagel chips and dip them into this white cheddar leek dip asap! Cheddar, leeks and beer… what’s not to love?

This might be the best dip ever.

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So be very aware of its cheesy addictive capabilities.

Between the dip, the bagel chips and the beer… I was in a carb-coma by 5pm. So totally worth it. Note to self… start a carb-less diet pronto.


Okay so my dear friend Stacey who is not only a SS loyalist but a longtime friend gave me this recipe over a year ago. I’ve held on to this little ditty for far too long and when I was cleaning my office at home I found it and dashed out to the store for the ingredients. I’m told it’s from the Everyday Food Magazine. I haven’t looked up the actual recipe so I just adapted from the recipe she hand wrote for me.

So are you in charge of bringing an ap to the Thanksgiving party? Bring this dip.

Got a bottle of wine and need something to balance it out… make this dip.

If you like cheese and dislike sharing food… this dip is just for you!

PS: STAY TUNED! Over the next few days I’ll be sharing some new holiday recipes!


Overall this dip is pretty simple to whip together. You could even prep everything ahead of time and keep it refrigerated until you’re ready to bake. The original recipe Stacey wrote down for me called for Guiness, but any dark beer should do. We had some Oktoberfest left over from our trip to Charlevoix so I thought that would be just the ticket.

trim the leek

Trim off the root-end and dark green parts of the leek.

cut the leek in half and slice

Halve it lengthwise and slice into half moons.

big pile of leeks

You’ll have a big-o-pile of leeks, but these will cook down quite a bit so not to worry.

drop the leeks into water and swish

Get a big bowl, fill it half way with water and slide the leeks in.

leek bath

Swish the leeks in the water, breaking them up with your fingers. The sandy dirt will fall to the bottom and the clean leeks will float to the top.

clean leeks

Remove the leeks shaking off most of the water and pat any excess water off with paper towels.

melt butter

In a small skillet melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.

add the leeks to the butter

Add the leeks and toss so you get them all coated in butter.


Once they have softened and are starting to turn golden and caramelize you’ll want to season with a 1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper.

cooked leeks

Once soft and buttery remove the pan from the heat and start making the base of the dip. Aka: cheesy dip heaven.

softened cream cheese

Add a softened 8 ounce brick of cream cheese to a bowl.


A quarter cup of mayo.

white cheddar cheese

Add in the 2/3 cup of the freshly grated white cheddar.

beer in the dip. WHAT

Then the 4 tablespoons of beer. Ps… does my hand look dead here or what? eek.


Toss in the leeks…

mix it up

And stir until smooth and the cream cheese is mixed throughout.

pour the dip in the skillet

Grab that skillet {if it’s oven safe of course} or a 1-1/2 to 2 quart baking dish will do.

spread it out

Spread it evenly…

more cheese

And top with 3 ounces more of the white cheddar. Bake this White Cheddar Leek Dip in a 350 degree oven for twenty minutes or until it’s lightly golden.

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Serve with your favorite thing to dip with. I like the everything bagel chips… but anything sturdy will be just the right vehicle to transport the dip to your face.

I’m only a little ashamed that this dip was dinner, but it was football Sunday in our house and I cope with carbs.


Enjoy! And if you give this White Cheddar Leek Dip recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 6

White Cheddar Leek Dip

White Cheddar Leek Dip
This warm dip is so addictive! Leeks, beer and white cheddar.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 leek, white and light green parts only
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 7 ounces sharp white cheddar, grated and divided
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons of your favorite dark beer


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°.
  2. Trim, halve and slice the leek into half moons. Place the leek slices in a bowl of water and swish them around, breaking them up with your fingers. The sandy dirt will fall to the bottom. Remove the leaks, drain and pat dry.
  3. In a small skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Once melted add in the clean leeks. Cook until softened about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and remove the skillet off of the heat.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, two-thirds of the grated cheddar and the beer. Add in the cooked leaks and stir until smooth.
  5. Spread the leek dip into the same small oven-safe skillet {or a 1-1/2 to 2 quart baking dish) and top with the remaining grated cheese.
  6. Bake in your preheated oven for 20-25 minute or until bubbly and lightly golden.
  7. Let the dip cool before serving.

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35 Responses to “Baked White Cheddar Leek Dip”

  1. #
    Tieghan Gerard — November 15, 2013 at 8:53 am

    oh my gosh. This is perfect! All that cheddar cheese, the bagel chips and the beer! Holy heck, YUM! This would be perfect any day. Party or no party! 🙂

  2. #
    Robby — November 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

    This looks so very dangerous. And I have been having a dip craving. Sunday Night Foodball here we come. I like the idea of the beer in it, too.

  3. #
    Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen} — November 15, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Oh my gosh Laurie this dip looks amazing!! And it’s totally perfect for a party appetizer…. Which I’m trying to brainstorm so it’s like it was meant to be!!

  4. #
    Cassie — November 15, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Baked dips are my favorite. This is awesome, lady!

  5. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 15, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I can’t move my torso.

  6. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — November 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Ohh my gosh Laurie this looks sooo good! What a great cheesy leek dip!

  7. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    This dip is about to be my best friend! PERFECT recipe for the weekend!

  8. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — November 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Ermagerd. I want to live in this dip.

  9. #
    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — November 16, 2013 at 1:57 am

    I am dangerous around this kind of dip. Add bagel charts and you really can’t take me out. Can’t wait to try it.

  10. #
    stacey — November 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Yep this dip is the bomb and I got it out of Everyday food right around St. Patrick’s Day a couple of years ago. Laurie and I were are work talking about the usual St. Patty’s food fare and all I could do was rave about this dish! Hands down the best. My family asks me to make it at every family event!

  11. #
    Lindsay — November 16, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I’m ready to dive in.

    Seriously, this looks amazing.

  12. #
    Tammy — November 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    And now I have a much better way to clean leeks!! You are my hero! The dip looks awesome too. Might have to do for our Christmas dinner (as a Canadian, I’ve missed bringing it to Thanksgiving this year).

  13. #
    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — November 16, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Oh my gosh! This looks so flippin’ good! I want this whole skillet of hot cheesy goodness in front of me right now!

  14. #
    Sally @ Sallys Baking Addiction — November 16, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    This dip has been on my mind since I saw you posted it on IG. 🙂 It looks dangerously good!

  15. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 17, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Jason and I have been so addicted to warm dips this fall. Definitely need to add this to the list. I haven’t had leeks in ages!

  16. #
    Taylor Petry — November 18, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Made this last night for football. I added garlic (because, naturally I add garlic to everything) & it was AWESOME! Thanks for the great recipe =)

  17. #
    Laura — November 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I don’t think there is anything more satisfying than carbs and cheese. It looks great!

    • simplyscratch replied: — November 18th, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

      I 100% agree with you Laura!

  18. #
    Victoria — November 19, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Being from Wisconsin, and currently living in- the- middle- of- no-where Maine, I can not wait to try this recipe! Cheese and Leinenkugel, I think I’m in love already!

    • simplyscratch replied: — November 21st, 2013 @ 12:00 am

      Cheese and beer are definitely a match made in heaven!

  19. #
    Greenlee — November 28, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I couldn’t find white cheddar anywhere, only white cheddar chipotle. Going to do this today as an app. Thanks.

    • simplyscratch replied: — December 1st, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

      Oooh I bet white cheddar chipotle was amazing! I find my cheddar by the deli counter at my grocery store 🙂

  20. #
    Sarah — December 2, 2013 at 10:32 am

    This is FANTASTIC! My husband wanted to contribute a dish to our Thanksgiving feast at my brother’s house, so he made this dip. He had to make it again the next day because there weren’t any leftovers! Then last night he said, “Man I wish I had more of that dip!” It is perfect.

  21. #
    Sarah Rose — December 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    YUM! That looks delicious – need to make that soon!

    Thanks for sharing!


  22. #
    Greenlee — December 22, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Making this again, trying with white cheddar jalapeño this time for the hell of it. Also I’ve been using chicken broth instead of beer, 3 daughters, although I know it wouldn’t effect them at all. Thanks again.

    • simplyscratch replied: — December 27th, 2013 @ 10:14 am

      Oooh! Let me know how it works out 🙂

  23. #
    Brian & Becky Wollweber — July 3, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I made this creation of yours last year, (I don’t recall what the even was), but it was a HUGE hit with everyone at the party. My fiancee’s cousin was with us last year when I made it and her boyfriend DEMANDED that I make it again since we rarely see each other! It is such a tasty dish! The sharp white cheddar along with leeks and dark beer? What’s NOT to love???

    I considering doubling your recipe for the 4th of July tomorrow. One batch will be with either Newcastle or Guiness. The other… a hard apple cider. Maybe Angry Orchard or Crispin. Either way, I’ll definitely be back on to inform you if the apple cider was a hit or a miss.

    Until then, everyone have a safe and great 4th of July!!! 🙂

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — July 14th, 2014 @ 8:41 am

      oh-my-goodness! Please tell me the hard apple cider was a hit?! All I can picture now is eating this dip with tart apple slices! Yum!!!!!!

  24. #
    Julie Bos — July 26, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    i just made this for a party, I added 2 cloves of garlic and about a 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes. It was fabulous!!!!!
    Thanks for the recipe

  25. #
    Emil — December 3, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Hi! I just wanted to tell you that I started making this in 2013 and have been on the hook to bring it to Thanksgiving AND Christmas every year since. Thanks for the awesome dip recipe! It is so delicious!


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