Hafod (pronounced ha-vod) Cheddar is produced at the oldest organic farm in Wales. This farmhouse English cheddar has deep, earthy aromas with round notes of fresh hay and just-toasted bread. The nuanced savory flavor of the cheese pairs beautifully with sweet, rich mates (think: chutneys and fruit compotes). Here we've paired with with jammy caramelized shallots, green onions and chives for an addictive spread.
Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots, salt and half a cup of water. Cover the shallots and reduce the heat to medium low. Cook covered, stirring occasionally, until the shallots have softened and the water is almost evaporated, about 4-6 minutes (if the water starts to evaporate too quickly, add more a tablespoon at a time, as needed).
Uncover and sauté the shallots until they start to caramelize, about 3-4 minutes. Add the green onions and continue to sauté until the onions just start to wilt, about one minute more. Remove from the heat and let come to room temperature, about 10-15 minutes.
To make the dip, combine the cooled onion mixture with the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir to combine, taste and adjust seasonings, as necessary. Serve at room temperature with crackers, sliced bread or crudités.