Creamy vegetable dips are a staple appetizer among the Stepladder Ranch & Creamery staff. Our head cheesemaker, Robin, highly recommends this recipe for a creamy brussel sprout dip using LumberJack.

LumberJack is our take on an iconic American Original: cave aged Monterey Jack. Dairies along the California Coast from Monterey to Big Sur were made famous for their production of Jack cheese, and we hope to honor this tradition with our rendition. Made with fresh cow's milk and aged for at least 60 days in our caves, LumberJack is the perfect everyday eater or melting cheese.

cutting brussel sprouts


  • 2 Tbsp EVOO
  • 1 Medium Shallot, Finely Chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • ½ lb Brussel Sprouts, Chopped
  • ½ Cup Sour Cream
  • 4oz Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
  • 1 Cup Lumberjack, Shredded, 4 ounces
  • ¼ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese, plus extra for topping
  • Parsley, Finely Chopped for garnish
  • Salt and White Pepper to Taste


  1. Preheat Oven to 375F

  2. Heat a Cast-Iron Skillet over medium heat. Add half the EVOO, and saute the shallot and garlic for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.

  3. Add the Brussel Sprouts to the skillet, season with a pinch of salt, and cook for 3-4 minutes or until fork tender and slightly wilted. Remove skillet from heat.

  4. In a bowl combine together the sour cream, the cheeses, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Once thoroughly mixed, stir in the brussel sprouts mixture.

  5. Grease the Cast-Iron Skillet with the remaining EVOO. Pour the dip back into the Cast-Iron and bake for 11-13 minutes or until hot and bubbling. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with Parmesan and Parsley.

  6. Serve with veggies, crackers, or bread.

LumberJack cheese

LumberJack is available in 4 and 8 oz. sizes for sale at farmer's markets in California or through our online store. It's also one of the showcase cheeses in our August Cheese Club shipment. The shipment also includes Everything Bagel Fromage Blanc, Ragged Point, and our special release, 1-year aged Cabrillo. Sign up today to receive the August shipment and be part of our Cheese Club for exclusive offerings! Learn more here.

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