Sunday, December 26, 2010
Jalapeno Popper Dip
Our family tradition, since I had Serena, has been to have appetizers at my house on Christmas Eve evening. We gather around, snack, bake Santa some cookies, hang out, and simply spend time as a family. Then on Christmas morning, Serena wakes up to see what Santa brought, we open gifts, and have a large breakfast. That's it... That's our tradition. Simple, not over the top, but fun. This means not a ton of time is required standing over the stove but rather we can gather around the fireplace and laugh and tell stupid stories from the year past.
I love this tradition. I always try to switch up the appetizers and I do assign some of the work to my mom. This year, I decided we'd have Jalapeno Popper Dip, Stuffed Mushrooms, Miniature Crisp Meat Burritos, and Spinach Balls. I asked mom to bring the spinach balls and make the breakfast casserole for Christmas morning. With only three easy things that I would be responsible for, there was no stress. Yay!
I saw this recipe on Annie's Eats website and knew we'd like it. And I was right!! This would be great for any gathering.
Jalapeno Popper Dip
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
1 4-ounce can chopped green chiles, drained
1 4-ounce can diced jalapeno peppers, drained
1/2 cup shredded Mexican style cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup Panko breakcrumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, green chiles, jalapenos, and shredded cheeses. Mix thoroughly with a spoon or spatula until smooth and evenly combined. Spread the mixture into a baking dish (approximately 9x9-inches).
In a second bowl, combine the Panko and Parmesan and stir with a fork until combined. Sprinkle over the cream cheese mixture in the baking dish. Spray lightly with cooking spray. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the mixture is hot and the topping is golden. Serve warm with baguette slices, vegetables, etc. as desired.
***I substituted plain bread crumbs for Panko.