Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Jalapeno Popper Dip

This recipe caught my eye because it is super-easy to put together; and it gives you the taste of those fabulous little jalepeno poppers! The original recipe calls for microwaving the dip, which I was very against, because you don't get that "baked" feeling after three minutes in the microwave! So I suggest baking it in the oven until the cheese is melted.

And speaking of the cheese, as you can see by my picture below I actually used the "green can" Parmesan cheese for this (gasp!). I thought it would taste better than the finely grated block of Parm I have in my fridge, but there was just too much of it. So when you make this, I suggest freshly grating your cheese or just use shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack. Enjoy!

Jalapeno Popper Spread
slightly adapted from allrecipes.com
Makes enough to feed a crowd

2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup low fat mayonnaise
1 4-ounce can diced green chilies, drained
1/2 of 7.5-ounce can jalapeno peppers, drained and chopped
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese or 1 cup shredded cheddar/Monterey Jack
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In large bowl, use a handheld mixer to blend cream cheese and mayo until smooth. Stir in green chiles and jalapeno peppers.

Spread into a 9-inch pie plate. Top with Parmesan or shredded cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.


What's Cookin Chicago said...

I'll have to try this recipe again with low fat mayo - looks delicious and I find it tastes better when preparing it in advance and then heating/baking the next day. The flavors really come together nicely with a nice kick of heat.

Melissa said...

I am going to have to try that!

Brooke said...

This is a cool idea! Different from all the standard dips - I'll have to add it to my list. And throw a party so I have an excuse to make it...

Jen said...

This looks so yummy. I'm going to make some this weekend for Hubby.

Aggie said...

I would love to try this dip! Looks great! Have fun with that new camera!

Bugaboo said...

This sounds really good. Can't wait to try!