Featured Recipe: Hot Ham & Cheese Dip

We’re nearing the end of the holiday season, with New Years Eve parties right around the corner. So many of us have leftover Christmas Ham, so why not do something amazing with it? Today, I’m sharing the perfect recipe for a holiday party. A Hot Ham & Cheese Dip made with two of my favorite cheeses from Hickory Farms: Jalapeño & Cheddar Blend, a spicy but creamy cheddar, and New York Cheddar Spread, a smooth spread that melts perfectly in this dip. It comes together quickly, tastes amazing, and will impress your guests every time!


Since you’ll be using some amazing cheeses, it’s only logical to use amazing ham as well. The Hickory Farms HoneyGold® Ham is a fantastic and flavorful ham to use in this recipe. You want a ham with a blend of sweet and smoky flavors, and this ham hits all the right flavor notes.


Dips are a great addition to any party, whether you’re hosting in your own home or bringing a dish over to a friend’s home to share. If the latter, just place the unbaked dip in the host’s oven for a couple of minute until bubbly and golden brown. Serve with fresh vegetables like celery and it’s a completely gluten-free party dip that most of your guests can enjoy! This is also a great, gluten free dish for those with dietary restrictions.

Hot Ham & Cheese Dip recipe 1

Hot Ham & Cheese Dip

Serves 4-6 guests



1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1/4 large onion, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

3/4 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon cornstarch

5 ounces New York Cheddar Spread

1/2 cup grated Jalapeño & Cheddar Blend, cubed

1 cup finely chopped Ham

Fresh celery


  1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, sauté the butter and onions, seasoning them with salt and pepper. Cook until onions are translucent.
  3. Add the milk and let it come to a simmer. Remove 1/4 cup of warm milk and in a small bowl, whisk with cornstarch. Pour this cornstarch mixture back into the pot and whisk quickly.
  4. Add New York Cheddar Spread cheese and 1/4 cup grated Jalapeño & Cheddar Blend.
  5. Once the cheeses are smooth and melted, fold in the ham.
  6. Spread the cheese/ham dip in a square oven safe dish and sprinkle the rest of the grated Jalapeño & Cheddar Blend. Bake until golden brown and bubbly. Serve with fresh celery.

Hot Ham & Cheese Dip recipe

With the Hot Ham & Cheese Dip, and a little help from the savory and spicy cheeses, and HoneyGold® Ham from Hickory Farms, you will have everything you need to have an appetizer that is the hit of any party. Stop at your local holiday market to find these and others to create delicious recipes through the new year.


Marnely Rodriguez- Murray is an established chef with an extensive culinary background, as well as a friend of Hickory Farms. Marnely brings masterfully created recipes using her favorite Hickory Farms products. Marnely has a special knack for turning every dish into a masterpiece.


Host a Happy, Healthy Halloween Party for Everyone!

From fresh fruit baskets to gluten-free treats and more, plan the perfect Halloween party by creating options for guests with dietary restrictions.

Having dietary restrictions can be a challenge any time of year, but it can really take the fun out of the holidays. Whether you have special dietary needs or you have a child, friend or neighbor who does, consider throwing a Halloween party that provides treats everyone can enjoy!

Throwing your own party ensures that you get to enjoy the festivities without worrying about any hidden dangers on the menu. Using Hickory Farms gourmet food gifts is a great way to cut down on your preparation time without sacrificing flavor, but you’ll also be glad to know that many of our items are gluten free and diabetic friendly.

These days, there are so many ideas for gluten-free meals, including seasonal serving ideas that kids and adults alike will love. The Tarantula Tacos and Chili-Filled Coffins from Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom are both cute and creepy, not to mention delicious! Consider dressing up your chili with our Beef Summer Sausage and some gourmet cheese, like the Smoked Cheddar Blend from our Savory Cheese Collection.

Tacos with gourmet meats from Hickory Farms

Gluten-free dish ideas from Hickory Farms.

Other gluten-free options include Frankenstein Baked Peppers and Scary Eyeballs.

Gluten-free dish ideas from Hickory Farms

Gluten-free Halloween eye balls from Hickory Farms

Halloween is also a challenging time of year for people with diabetes, but there are lots of diabetic-friendly Halloween foods you can include at your celebration. Diabetic Friendly Halloween Tips has some great advice on keeping the holiday fun and healthy for everyone.

One suggestion is to steer clear of sugary treats in favor of savory delights like gourmet nuts.  This Vampire Bite nut mix is a bold way to welcome guests, but you could also serve one of our nut gift baskets for a no-fuss party solution.

Entice partygoers with a platter of gourmet meats and cheeses or even a festive holiday cheese ball. You can create a spooky spider cheese ball using bell pepper slices, olives and some black sesame seeds.

Holiday cheese ball from Hickory Farms

The trick to great entertaining with dietary restrictions or food allergies is to keep an open mind and be creative. How can you serve or display a food to fit the Halloween theme?

Do you have any ideas for creating an inclusive Halloween party that everyone will enjoy? Share your experiences entertaining for Halloween with dietary restrictions in the comments section below!