Our escape on a chilly evening? The slow cooker. Come home to our favorite main dishes, sides, appetizers, and drinks that are sure to soothe your family with the simple joys of comfort food.
Gruyère Bacon Dip
Gruyère cheese—a firm cheese with hints of caramel, hazelnut, and brown butter—is produced in Switzerland and is well-known for its role in fondue. In this dip, its rich flavor pairs with the umami of Worcestershire and a spicy bite from dry mustard to make a complexly flavored dip that can handle robust chips, roasted or blanched vegetables, or sliced and toasted baguette. Cream cheese gives the dip a smooth texture while the bacon adds saltiness and a touch of smoky flavor. This dip is pretty versatile, too: spread it on the bun with turkey or veggie burgers; hollow out cherry tomatoes and stuff them with the dip for a quick and impressive appetizer; or spread it on two hearty pieces of bread, layer on some slices of smoked ham, and cook on both sides until the bread is toasted for a next-level grilled cheese sandwich.