Sunday, November 20, 2011

Savory addition

I've been thinking about our menu for the open house and want to make sure that there is at least one or two savory options to help highlight the sweetness of the cookies.  I keep thinking about having a big plate of bacon and calling it a day, but then everybody would eat the bacon and there'd be a ton of cookies left over.  So I have to think of something tasty, but not as awesome as bacon. Here are three of our favorite dip recipes that I'm thinking about serving.

Party Dip is something that we discovered while visiting a cute shop in Cedarburg, WI.  They had a great selection of hot sauces and dips and it's also where we got our favorite Mexican cookbook.  It's super easy to make and goes great with pretzels or corn chips or just about anything you want to slather it on to.

Party Dip

Bread & Butter Texas Longhorn Jalapeno Dip Mix
8 oz block of cream cheese

Mix 1/5th of a jar, juice also, with cream cheese until smooth.

We order the dip mix from Original Juan's they have an amazing selection of goodies! I like to eat the dip mix on hot dogs or hamburgers during the summer.  It's spicy and sweet, good stuff.


We learned how to make Nacho Cheese Dip while we lived in Austin.  It's another easy dip that you can keep the ingredients in your pantry and have a party in next to no time.

Nacho Cheese Dip

1 block of Velveeta Cheese
2 cans Rotel (spicy or mild depending on the heat level you want typically found on the Mexican aisle or with tomatoes depending on your store)

Cube cheese, place in crock pot with rotel, heat on low until nummy dipping goodness is created.  Serve with tortilla chips.  For easy clean up, spray the crock with cooking spray before hand or put in one of those crock pot bags.

My mom taught me how to make this next dip.  I could just eat it for supper and call it a day.  It's one of my favorites.

Mom's Jimmy Dean Sausage Dip

1 roll of Jimmy Dean sausage (Yes it must be Jimmy Dean, other brands do not have as fine of a grind in their meat so they don't cook up as well for dip purposes)
1 block cream cheese
1 can Rotel

Crumble sausage into frying pan and cook through.  Drain off fat.  Return pan to heat, put in cream cheese and Rotel, heat until cream cheese melts.  Serve with Tostitos scoops chips so that you can satisfy your mouth with a goodly amount of dip.  We often put it in our fondue pot to keep it warm and serve it on New Years Day.  You may want to buy enough to make two batches.  It's that tasty.

What's your favorite savory addition to a party?

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