Jalapeno Popper Dip

My best wishes to everyone for a wonderful and safe New Year.  My New Year’s Eve was very quite but it did include food, primarily appetizers.

Looking ahead to February, we have an event that is known as Super Bowl Sunday.  The televised Super Bowl is an annual American football game that determines the champion of the National Football League. The Super Bowl is also known for its fun commercials and half time shows with major entertainers.

On September 29, 2016 Lady Gaga tweeted that she will be the headline performer for the Super Bowl 2017 halftime show.  This will be the singer’s second time performing at the Super Bowl.  She sang the “National Anthem” last year.  I’m a fan of Lady Gaga and am really looking forward to seeing her perform.

While I may not be a big fan of football, I do enjoy the festivities and food surrounding the big game.  So like practically everyone else in the USA on Super Bowl Sunday, I will be eating snacks and watching the game.

According to the American Institute of Food Distribution, Super Bowl Sunday is the second highest event in America for most food consumption — following Thanksgiving.  Here are some other interesting and fun food facts about Super Bowl Sunday:

It is typically the number one most popular day for pizza delivery.

Americans will eat 1.3 billion wings during the game.

We will snack on 11.2 million pounds of potato chips.

We buy more veggies for the big day but it is probably just for the dips that are certain to be served.  This is a surprise (to me), avocados are a big seller for guacamole dip.

And don’t forget the beer.  We wash it all down with 325.5 million gallons of beer.

That is a lot of food and drink.  But if you are looking for another appetizer, try this easy, creamy, and delicious dip that is perfect for serving during the big game.  It has the flavor of jalapeño poppers but without all the work.

The first time I tried this dip was this past Christmas where it was served as an appetizer.  My beautiful daughter made it and used fresh jalapeños in it.  It was amazing with the fresh peppers.  However, I used canned jalapeños and chiles in my recipe.  It makes it so much easier than having to deal with fresh peppers and I am lazy.

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Jalapeño Popper Dip

  • Difficulty: easy
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Dip

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 – 4 ounce can diced jalapeños, drained
1 – 4 ounce can diced chiles, drained
6 slices cooked and crumbled bacon

Topping

1 cup crushed buttery round crackers (such as Ritz)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray a 2 quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Using an electric mixer, mix together the cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth and combined.  Add the Cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, jalapeños, chiles, and bacon.  Beat until just combined.

Spread into a 2 quart baking dish and set aside.

Mix the crushed crackers, Parmesan cheese, and butter together in a bowl; spread over the top of the cream cheese mixture.

Bake in preheated oven until bubbly, 20 to 30 minutes.  Serve with tortillo chips or Ritz crackers.

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Notes:
1.  Leftover dip can be warmed up and is also good served cold on a Ritz cracker.
2.  Recipe adapted from all recipes.
3. Our Detroit Lions football team has never played in a Super Bowl game and unfortunately for fans it will not happen this year.  If you want more information about Super Bowl 51, visit the NFL web site here.

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