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CHEF JEFF -- ONE BYTE AT A TIME: Baked Sweet Onion and Cheese Dip

It's all right to splurge occasionally, and this sweet onion and cheese dip definitely is an indulgence that is worth trying.

Baked Sweet Onion and Cheese Dip

2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

2 cups chopped Vidalia or other sweet onion

2 cups mayonnaise

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Stir cheese and onion into mayonnaise. Spoon into a lightly buttered 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan, and bake, uncovered, 40 to 45 minutes. Serve with crackers.

Yield: Serves 24.

Note: Add a few drops of pepper sauce or stone-ground mustard to kick this up a notch.

Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 173 calories, 88 percent of calories from fat, 17.2 grams fat (3.2 grams saturated), 19.5 milligrams cholesterol, 19.5 grams protein, 2.2 grams carbohydrates, 0.2 grams fiber, 128.3 milligrams sodium.

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