Corn Relish Dip is a quick and easy dip with texture, visual appeal and tasty delight! Get the party started without hours of fuss by pulling together this simple combination of ingredients.
I have summarized the reasons why you will love this recipe in the points below, let me know if you find more reasons when you make it!
- Really easy: dips don't have to take hours to make. That is one of the most enjoyable things about them.
- Really fast: grab the ingredients, layer them on top, pop some crackers on the plate and you are done. This recipe comes together in less than 5 minutes.
- Kick off the party: the best thing about arriving at someone's place is thinking about the food, the time it will take to be served and what to drink with it. Pop this on the table when you hear the door bell, the guests will give in from the moment they see it and the talk will be of the new dip in town!
- Nostalgic: most of us (you might) don't have corn relish everyday as part of our diet. Most of us (I did) however, try this growing up and kept it in the fridge as a condiment that we used whenever the need arose. This dip will bring about memories of your 1st encounter with corn relish and I find most are very clear lovers of it or serious dislikers, there is not too many 'yeah not sure', it is yay or nah! If your childhood memories are not coming up with this one, I feel that I haven't done my job properly!
- Did I mention the super fast and super easy side of things and that we use everyday ingredients (or days from the past ingredients).
The photo below is to show you everything you need to make the recipe. Please refer to the printable recipe card for specific ingredient measurements.
As you can see, the recipe calls for:
- Corn relish: store bought from a jar is fine. You can get it year round, you don't have to make it yourself. It has taste, tang and a whole lot of texture. You will find it with the pickles, jarred onions and olives at the shops.
- Cream cheese: a standard block of this is fine. If you want to use the spreadable tub for 2 or 3 of you, you can do that. However, I think the dip looses its presentation with the smaller tubs, so if it is heading towards a crowd, the block is better (and bigger looking but surprisingly the same weight) than the spreadable tub.
- Crispy bacon: this is optional, but provides a nice textural change from the chunky textures in the corn relish. Whilst those textures are wet, we use crispy bacon to add a dry crunchy texture to the dip.
- Jalapeno: this ingredient is optional (especially if you don't like peppers), however, it adds a fantastic pop of colour to the dip, so I encourage you to use it if you are curious. Slice the jalapeno in halves, use a teaspoon to remove the seeds and chop the rest of it for garnish.
- Crackers: your favourite is totally fine for this ingredient and dip pairing. I have used round thick crackers, if you want to use square, salty, thin, water crackers or other that is totally fine!
Here are the step by step instructions to make the recipe. We start by grabbing the cream cheese from the fridge, removing the cardboard box and opening the foil.
- Place cream cheese onto serving board (Photo 1)
- Top with corn relish (Photo 2)
- Add chopped jalapeno (Photo 3)
- Sprinkle crispy bacon over the top (Photo 4)
How to Make Corn Relish Dip
To make the dip, start by removing the cream cheese from the fridge. You need to tear the cardboard layer off, use scissors to cut into the foil, remove and discard that then place it on a serving board.
Grab a spoon and use that to dollop then spread (flip the spoon over) the corn relish into a thick layer over the cream cheese.
Sprinkle the chopped jalapeno pieces over the corn relish, then grab the crispy bacon pieces and sprinkle them over the top.
To serve the dip, place the crackers around the sides as shown in the photo below.
- Place crackers around the edges of the dip (Photo 5)
How to Guide
This is a no bake dip that comes together moments before serving.
You don't need to oven or stove and there is no need or possibility of freezing or reheating it.
You can store leftovers of the dip on a plate with cling wrap or transfer to a sealed air tight container.
Substitutions and Variations
My friends, here are the sub ins and outs that you may have thought about or want some options to think about when you make the recipe.
- If you want to drizzle or dollop a little sour cream on top of the dip, I won't hold you back.
- If you want to pair this dip with chips instead of crackers, be my guest.
- You can add some chopped chicken (cooked already) on top of the dip if you want a higher protein non vegetarian dip.
- You might like to serve with dip with chopped celery sticks or carrot sticks and or with or without crackers as this will tick the 'options' and 'variety' boxes.
- If you want to you can use chopped capsicum (red or green), also known as bell peppers as an alternative to the jalapenos.
Here are my top tips and tricks so that you can get the recipe right from the get go.
- The cream cheese will naturally soften as we make the dip, there is no need to get it out of the fridge hours in advance.
- A cheese knife is essential to serving or butter knife if you don't have. This is because it is a 'spreadable dip, not a 'dunking dip'.
- If you are having a party and want to serve warm toasted corn chips with the dip, you can add them to the slow cooker and keep warm in there for endless hot chips!
- Additional bowls of the toppings (ie crispy bacon) can be plated with the dip somewhat reminiscent of a nacho cheese station. This way the eaters can spread the dip then fully load their cracker.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is cream cheese dip made of?
Cream cheese dip is often make from a combination of mixed cheese, sometimes yogurt, cream cheese, mayonnaise and both sweet and savory toppings.
What goes good with cream cheese?
Cream cheese is great to pair with crackers, corn chips, crudités and is a great spread for roll ups and pinwheels.
What do you eat corn relish with?
Corn relish is a great burger topper, sandwich spread, dip ingredient and all round condiment.
It has great texture, is available year round and can be kept in the fridge once the jar is opened.
More Easy Dip Recipes
Dips can be the life of the party! One of the best ways to think about them is choosing ones that take the drama out of party planning and come together with ease. Here are some more that tick that box.
- Cranberry Jalapeno Dip
- Avocado Sweet Chilli Dip
- Halloween Dip
- Cream Cheese Jalapeno Dip
- Labneh Dip
- Chili Cream Cheese Dip
- Cream Cheese Bacon Dip
- Cottage Cheese Dip
Also find all of my dips and spreads recipes in the one spot! Relish it my friends, haha, I couldn't not!
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Corn Relish Dip
- 1 Serving platter
- 1 Cheese knife
- 250 grams / 8oz cream cheese Note 1
- ¼ cup corn relish Note 2
- 2 tablespoon crispy bacon pieces Note 3
- ½ jalapeno seeds removed, finely diced, Note 4
- crackers to serve
- Cream cheese: remove the cream cheese from the fridge, tear off the cardboard, peel off the foil and place in centre of serving board.
- Relish: use a spoon to dollop the relish onto the cream cheese. Flip the spoon over, then gently pat the relish down so that it is in a thick layer.
- Jalapeno: sprinkle the chopped jalapeno over the corn relish.
- Crispy bacon: sprinkle the crispy bacon over the top of the chopped jalapeno.
- Crackers: place crackers around the edges of the dip and provide a cheese knife for serving
- Note 1 - Cream cheese: go for a block over a tub of this as it looks better if the dip is being presented ie at a party or gathering. Any block within the range of 225 - 250 grams will work fine. It doesn't need long to soften as it will soften as you prepare the dip.
- Note 2 - Corn relish: sweet, easy to get your hands on and available all year round, this ingredient has taste and texture. Leftovers can be used on burgers, hot dogs or roll ups (sandwiches).
- Note 3- Jalapeno: sliced in half, seeds removed and finely chopped is best. This will take the heat out (leave the seeds in if you want a little spice). Use capsicum (bell pepper) as an alternative with the same colour and texture but no spice.
- Note 4- Crispy Bacon: this is store bought crispy bacon that works so well as a 'ready to use' ingredient. You will find in the salad section of the supermarket, where things like the croutons are.