These are three dips that are meant to be appetizers, but sometimes they could almost be a meal.
Hot cheese dip
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature
2 C sour cream
1 1/2 C cheddar cheese, grated
1 C bacon (6-8 slices), crumbled
1/3 C green onions, chopped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon and green onions. Transfer mixture to a round baking dish and place in oven. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until bubbly. Serve hot with your favorite Triscuits.
Reuben in a bowl
1 TBS butter
2 green onions, chopped
1-1/2 C (6 oz.) shredded Muenster cheese
4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
2 TBS ketchup
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 lb. cooked corned beef, chopped
1 C sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
Place butter in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 20 seconds or until melted. Add onions; cover and cook 1 minute longer.
Stir in the cheeses, ketchup, mustard and pepper. Cover and cook on high for 1 minute; stir. Cook 45 seconds longer. Stir in beef. Place sauerkraut in a microwave-safe 1-qt. dish; top with beef mixture. Cover and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Serve with crackers. Yield: 2 1/2 C.
Cheesy pepperoni dip
2 C (16 ounces) sour cream
1 C whole-milk ricotta cheese
1 C (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1/4 C chopped pepperoni
1 envelope Lipton savory herb with garlic soup mix
French bread baguette slices, toasted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix sour cream, ricotta cheese, 3/4 C mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and soup mix until blended. Spread into a greased 9-in. pie plate. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with baguette slices. Yield: 12 servings.
Thought – What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, they say – except for bears – Bears will kill you.
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