Saturday, February 2, 2013

Oh, Baby! It's Hot Hot Hot Jalapeno and Bacon Dip

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...If your family likes heat, and you can count a teenager or two among those who will watching the game with you on Sunday, I hope you'll give this recipe a try. It defines simplicity and makes enough dip to feed a small country. It also doubles as a fabulous burger topping and it is reputed to cure bunions and cause the planets to align. Now, I'm personally not much into dips. I've made a ton of them over the years because others love them, but my game addictions are fresh hot pretzels or hot dogs on stale buns, even when the game is watched at home. I guess I'm a purist. That means I have to rely on the judgment of others when it comes to rating dips and spreads. Over the years, we've established a base line against which all the dips I make are judged. It pains me to admit this, but the old Knorr Spinach Dip is their hands down favorite and the one against which all others are judged. The dip, found here, is a 50's relic that I suspect most of you have never tasted, but if ever you do, I think you'll better understand how it captured the loyalty of several generations of Americans. At any rate, my crew thinks that tonight's dip is good enough to share the same table with their favorite. It is loaded with bacon and jalapenos and if you like either you'll enjoy the dip. Here is how it is made.

Hot Hot Hot Jalapeno and Bacon Cheese Dip...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

2 (8-ounce) blocks of cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
8 strips of crisp cooked bacon, coarsely crumbled + 1 tablespoon bacon drippings
1/2 to 1 (4-ounce) can diced jalapenos


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic, paprika and bacon drippings in bowl of a food processor. Pulse until mixture is perfectly smooth. Fold in crumbled bacon. Depending on heat tolerance, fold in 2 to 4 ounces of diced jalapenos. Scrape into a shallow 1-quart baking dish and bake until bubbly and lightly browned, about 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm with a baguette or pita or tortilla chips. Yield: About 3-1/2 cups.

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Angie's Recipes said...

wow cheese and bacon...what's not to love! The dip looks sensational.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I can be tempted to watch the Super Bowl with snacks like this on hand.

Alicia Foodycat said...

That spinach dip is my favourite too - a friend's mother used to make it and we all begged for the recipe!

Kim said...

This is a perfect dip for this week-end! It looks hot and good:)

JG said...

Any dip containing paprika + cheese is enjoyed here! Looks yummy!

Andrea V. said...

cheese, bacon, and jalapeno? This is definitely a triple threat. Looks and sounds AMAZING!!

teresa said...

i do love a spicy dip! happy super bowl!

Rose @ Walnut Acre said...

Combining two of my favorites - jalapeno and bacon! Yummy!

Sprigs of Rosemary said...

It's amazing how an old stand-by like the Knorr's spinach dish has such power! (It's a favorite here, too.) I was wondering though about using fresh jalapenos in this . . think I will.

David said...

Mary, Definitely a winner in my book!! Jalapeno, bacon and cheese all in a dip just in time for the big game... Thanks for the recipe and Take Care, Dave

France@beyondthepeel said...

Oh baby indeed. Decadent, savory and spicy! What a fabulous mix.

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