Thursday, December 19, 2013

Jalapeño Popper Dip


So how are y'all doing with your holiday preparations? Feeling overwhelmed with all the Christmas parties and school parties and present purchasing? Or maybe you are kicking your feet up with a cold glass of egg nog because you completed your shopping months ago.  Well, wherever you are in your holiday planning, I think we can all agree that this is definitely the time of year where we look forward to some yummy eats and treats.  And if we can save money when making those delicious eats, well, that is just icing on that cake!  
So let me tell you about this dip.  Oh. My. Stars. You and your holiday guests are gonna love this one.  If you love Jalapeño Poppers then this is your dip.  Don't worry, it's not blazing hot.  It just has a slight kick.  If you want it hotter, you could certainly add in more jalapeños.   Warm dips are perfect for this time of year.  And everyone loves a good, creamy dip. Y'all know this is true. Go to any party and folks are always hanging around the dip.  This is also great football food! Let's dig in!
Ingredients:
2 (8 oz.) blocks cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup Kraft mayonnaise
1 cup Kraft Mexican Cheese Blend, shredded
1 cup Kraft Parmesan Cheese (divided use)
1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chiles
1 (4 oz.) can chopped jalapeños (or 1/2 cup chopped fresh jalapeños )
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter, melted
salt, pepper, dried parsley (optional)


Note: Whenever a recipe calls for softened cream cheese, I leave it out on my counter overnight to make the next day. Or if  I've forgotten to leave it out, I cut up the unwrapped cream cheese into small cubes, place on a plate, and leave it out on the counter for about 10 minutes until softened. 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
Spray a 2-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Using an electric mixer (or a food processor), mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Mexican blend cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, green chiles and jalapeños.  I also throw in a pinch of salt and pepper too. You do not need to drain either can of peppers.
Mix until smooth and totally combined.
Spread the dip filling into your casserole dish.
In a bowl, mix together Panko bread crumbs, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and melted butter.
I added just a bit of dried parsley into the mix to add some color.  This is completely optional.
Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over dip filling.
Bake for about 20 minutes (on the middle rack). Do not overcook.  Topping should be golden brown and the dip should be gently bubbling around the edges.
Serve with your favorite buttery crackers!
Enjoy!




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