When you hear a name like Thunder Cheese, you know you’re about to eat something that packs a serious wallop. And you would be right. It’s not that Thunder Cheese is overwhelmingly spicy – the pepper jelly and chili flake here is a kick that most anyone can handle – it’s just that it has So. Much. Flavor. It’s jam-packed with flavor and texture and it makes for one seriously addictive dip – I’ve never seen anyone take just one bite of this.
Like most great dips, this starts with a creamy base (in this case mayo) and then chopped walnuts, Monterey Jack AND cheddar cheese, garlic powder, green onion, and chili flake are stirred into it. That means you get plenty of crunch, plenty of creaminess, and plenty of cheesiness too.
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup cheddar cheese, finely grated
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, finely grated
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 teaspoon red Chile flake
1/4 cup pepper jelly
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
In medium bowl, stir together the walnuts, mayo, cheeses, garlic powder, green onion, chili flake and salt and pepper.
Line a serving dish with plastic wrap or wax paper. Spread mixture into lined serving dish, cover with another sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper and smooth top.
Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours and up to overnight.
Remove top layer of plastic wrap, invert onto a serving plate, remove remaining plastic wrap, and spread pepper jelly evenly over top. Serve with crackers and enjoy!