Monday, October 23, 2006

Cheese, cheese, good for the heart...maybe only in small amounts!

As I mentioned in my last post, my roomie and I threw a surprise party last week. It was a lot of fun and we will be doing get togethers more often. Because we got the b-day boy here by inviting him to "dinner," we asked him what he wanted. Being the flexible guy (Hint: if someone asks you what you want and you have a preference, let them know!) he is, he said he didn't care...anything we make will be better than what he would have at his house. So, I pinned him down to a category...Mexican, Italian, American...He chose Mexican. So we decided to do tacos. We did beef and chicken. I had never had chicken with taco seasoning on it, but it was SO good! I highly recommend it!

Now on to the cheese dip. When asking what he wanted for dinner, I discovered that J's "favorite food" is cheese. So, I figured that this dip would be the perfect thing to make. I had to e-mail my mom to get the recipe. It's from a lady at our church who would always bring it to the VBS teachers' snack room. As you can imagine, it was gone fairly quickly unless of course people were on diets! :-) Mama warned me, and I will warn you, that just looking at the recipe may give you a heart attack! That is why this is ONLY for special occasions when there will be MANY people to sample the goods! I'll have to poast again tomorrow because I don't think that this will work for Sweetnick's ARF Tuesday post!!!

Amy's Cheese Dip
2 8 oz. cream cheese*
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise *

Mix and put in 8 X 12 baking dish (surely 9 X 13 will be OK, but watch so it doesn't burn)

Top with 1 cup crushed ritz crackers and 1 jar bacon pieces. (I didn't measure either of these but just covered the top. I KNOW that I did not use 1 cup bacon pieces!)

Bake @ 350 'til bubbly or 20 minutes

*EDIT: I didn't mention this, but I NEVER use full fat cream cheese. I usually use the 1/3 less fat stuff. Also, I usually use light mayo. This time, however, because roomie bought the groceries we have regular mayo (let me tell you, that stuff is nasty looking!). SO, I used one 1/3 less fat cream cheese and one fat free. There were no adverse side effects and I don't think anyone knew the difference!


Anonymous said...

That definately looks delicious! I'll have to try it out next time I need a dip recipe. I usually stick with my 2 standbys - the Velveeta & salsa dip (heat & eat) and the Buffalo Chicken Dip on - so it'll be nice to try something new.

Anonymous said...

Oh my! It does look wonderful but we would have to do it only for very special occasions! I guess you used full fat ingredients for all of that, so that's probably why it was gone quickly.
What's not to love about cheese! and cream cheese.

Unknown said...

Alisha - I hope you do try it! The Velveeta salsa dip is good but I've never heard of the Buffalo Chicken Dip, sounds interesting!

Gail - Actually, we very rarely use full fat cream cheese, usually use the 1/3 less fat Nuffatel stuff. This time I used one of those and one fat free and full fat mayo. Guess I'll add that to the post, to make it clear.

Anonymous said...

This would be a good recipe for Kate's Extreme Recipe Makeover, Online Edition. I may have to give it a whirl because there is nothing like a warm cheese dip with tortilla chips.....or even just a spoon! But let's make it user friendly too!

Anonymous said...

OHMYGOSH! Yum-o :)

Looks like perfect game day food, or maybe for the Super Bowl. I'm going to write this down and save it for a special occasion!

Thanks for sharing, glad you guys had fun :)

Abby said...

Just out of curiousity...what did you serve this dip with? Chips? Crackers? Veggies?

Unknown said...

Abby - I usually use crackers like wheat thins or Ritz. Veggies would taste good with it and make it a tad more forgivable! ;-)