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Now that the Ravens are on their way to another winning season, it’s time to think about tailgating and party foods that will win your friends’ hearts. So let me take the guesswork out of what to fix by giving you three “guess-ipes” that are easy to prepare. A “guess-ipe” is simply a recipe guide, it does not need to be followed to a T. Add or subtract ingredients that sound tasty to YOU.
It’s time to dip that chip everybody!
Take 1 block of cream cheese and blend with about ¾ of a jar of your favorite salsa using a hand mixer. Add the salsa slowly until the cream cheese is soft and creamy but not soupy. Spread the mixture onto a plate or platter and top with whatever you feel like. Chopped bell peppers, red onion, shredded cheddar or Monterey jack cheese, sliced black olives and even lettuce and tomato. Then use tortilla chips to scoop it up.
SuperBowl Hot Sausage Dip
Even though my friend Debbie is from Pittsburgh and is therefore a Steelers fan, she still makes a mean Sausage Dip that I have been copying for years. Brown 1 pound of bulk hot or mild Italian sausage (without the casing) breaking it into bite sized pieces. Drain the fat off, then mix it together with a 16 oz. jar of salsa, 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, and an 8 oz. block of softened cream cheese. No need to use an electric mixer, just use a large spatula, put the mixture into a glass baking dish and cook for a half an hour at 350 degrees. If it cools down midway thru the game, just nuke it. Serve with tortilla chips.
Kickoff Shrimp Dip
I made this one time for a party and never got a chance to bake it – my friends started eating it cold and loved it. However, I do recommend serving it piping hot with sliced bread rounds and crackers.
Get your grocery store or seafood place to steam 2 – 2 ½ pounds of shrimp for you. Thawed frozen shrimp might work just as well but I buy it steamed without the seasoning since you will be peeling it anyway. Cut the shrimp into bite sized pieces and mix it together with 1 small can of chopped green chiles, 2 cups of shredded cheese, a block of softened cream cheese, ¾ cups of mayo, 4 tablespoons of sour cream, couple splashes of hot sauce and Old Bay to taste. Go easy on the Old Bay because you can always add more when it comes out of the oven. Bake in a glass or ceramic dish for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Should you happen to be tailgating at the stadium rather than watching the game in your living room, you can make the hot dips in your home oven in a disposable aluminum pan and then reheat on top of the grill for a few minutes until hot and bubbly.
Happy Eating & GO RAVENS!!