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Monday, November 18, 2013

It's Jalapeño Popper Time!! (now in dip form)

It's jalapeño popper time, jalapeño popper time! 

Having people over for snacks can sometimes be more stressful than just cooking an entire gosh-darned meal.

I don't know why this is, but it is.  And I am the QUEEN of overdoing it on appetizers.

I'll invite two people over and cook 7 different things because 'OH MY GOSH, WHAT IF WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH!! IT'LL BE FRIENDS OFF!' Oh the horror!

This is especially true (for me) when sporting events are at hand. A lot of people would go out and grab a few bags of chips, some queso, and maybe a box of chicken wings and leave it at that. Not this girl. Game Days kick my already overdeveloped need to feed people into a full on pathology. THREE dips, TWO types of crackers - hand made! Home-made samosas, CHICKEN WANGZ, PERSONAL PIZZAS, BUILD-YOUR-OWN BURGERS. You  name it - I make it.

One of my absolute favourite things in the whole world is making dips. I have a few on this blog.. make sure to check out: Cobb salad dip, and caramelized onion dip (for which I am locally famous/a few friends really like). Oh and this spicy bean dip is also pretty good.

With GREY CUP COMING UP - I am all about the Game Day gourmet goodies. Can we talk about how exciting yesterday was for a minute? Now I love football and I love the Riders, but I was a little anxious about our chances. I watched the game anxiously, texting the scores to my BF who was in New Orleans at a Saints game. Talk about a football family. As the clock ticked down in the 4th quarter - the bar I was in exploded with noise. I dropped my Mom off in Cathedral and tried to drive home through the down-town. Big mistake. 15 minutes after the game had ended, a small impromptu gathering of - oh - a hundred people (with more coming) had started at the intersection of Albert and Vic. Despite the fact it was dark. Despite the fact it was cold. Despite the fact that other than being a major intersection, there is nothing really happening at Albert and Victoria on a Sunday night. But I digress - GO RIDERS.

Now I'm a girl who likes her spice, likes her cheese, and likes her dips creamy. This jalapeño popper dip is a divine invention - heaven sent to please your friends, yourself, and hopefully your blog readers. With just enough rider green, this dip will cheer your team and your taste buds.

Not a football fan? JUST EAT THE DARN DIP.

2-3 jalapeño, roughly chopped (seeds in if you like it spicy!)
3 green onions, roughly chopped 
1/4 cup cilantro (optional, but really you should), chopped
juice of half a lime, feel free to add the zest too!
1 package of cream cheese, softened and ready to be dip-i-fied
2 tbsp mayo (optional)
1/2 cup sour cream

if YOU want to - I think crumbling crumbly cooked bacon on top of this wouldn't  be a bad idea. I don't do it since then I can't enjoy the delicious dip but I fully encourage you (yes, you!) to use me as a negative role model. 

1/2 cup of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan cheese yo)

a big pinch of salt
a big pinch of fresh black pepper

other things you will need:
food processor/blender/incredibly fine chopping skills, a lot of time, and willingness to stir things
a bowl (oven proof)
a cheese grater to grate ye some cheese. 

  1. Preheat your oven to 400.
  2. Combine your jalapeño, onions, cilantro, lime juice, cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, salt, pepper and half of the cheese in a food processor/blender and pulse until totally combined.
  3. GET YO BOWL. 
  4. Place dip in a bowl and top with remaining cheese. Bake for 5 minutes or so until the cheese is melt-y and delicious. Eat with crackers, chips or a spoon when no one is watching. 

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