Thursday, February 3, 2011

Charleston Cheese Dip

Charleston Cheese Dip, made with cream cheese, cheddar and swiss cheeses, bacon, jalapeno, green onion, and topped with panko and bacon.
Charleston Cheese Dip, made with cream cheese, cheddar and swiss cheeses, bacon, jalapeno, green onion, and topped with panko and bacon.

Charleston Cheese Dip

I was poking around in my Trisha Yearwood's Home Cooking cookbook again and ran across this recipe for her Charleston Cheese Dip. Trisha said it was her take on a dip she had while on tour one year with a stop in Charleston.

Hotels generally leave amenity baskets for celebrities in their rooms and this time, the basket was accompanied by a cheese and cracker tray featuring this cheese dip, made from Cheddar, Monterey Jack and cream cheese, and topped with bacon.

A super cheesy dip? With bacon?

Oh yeah, y'all know this dip lovin' gal is so there, and what an excellent addition to the dip collection, especially with the Super Bowl right around the corner.

By the way, if you're still looking for some great menu ideas and party foods for game day, check out my Football Party Food and Best of the Best Super Bowl Party Food Menu idea pages. It's a Super Collection of links to my very own tried and true game day snacks, appetizers and main dish recipes and all in one spot. Check it out!

Of course, my wheels started turning and I immediately thought of a few changes I thought would only make this dip even better than it already sounded. Trisha's recipe used a full block of cream cheese, and added Monterey Jack cheese along with some Cheddar. I decided to change the Monterey Jack to Swiss and use more of it, plus I threw in some chopped pickled jalapeno and my familiar Slap Ya Mama seasoning, you know... to help boost the bam.

It is a super easy dip recipe to throw together too. Cream together softened cream cheese with some mayo and Cajun seasoning. Add the jalapeno and green onion, setting aside a small pinch of green onion for garnish, and then mix in the Cheddar and Swiss cheeses. Turn out into a buttered pie plate and smooth out.

Trisha's recipe used just a handful of crushed dry Ritz crackers on top, but I decided to butter up some Panko and give the dip a nice thick layer of that as a topping.  Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes, remove, top with crumbled bacon, garnish with that reserved green onion and serve!

Thanks to the fine folks at Hormel and the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, I had a package of shelf stable Hormel Real Crumbled Bacon at the ready. What a convenience, and I love that it is 100% real bacon. Sure came in handy for this - so you might want to grab a bag at your grocery store for your game day preparations! C'mon you know there's gonna be bacon involved this weekend, and it's a great time saving product that tastes great, so you won't be sorry.

So, okay. I guess it's not as much Trisha's recipe anymore as it is inspired by her, but if you love cheesy dips, you will love this. While you're here, click on over and check out my review of Home Cooking, and take a peek at my other Trisha Yearwood recipes too if ya like!

And one last thing. I know y'all are laughing at me with that celery stick up there as if I'm trying to make up for all that cheese by eating this dip on a celery stick. Well, the truth is when I decided to make this I had plenty of celery, but no fancy crackers for a photo op. Okay, okay. Here's a close up of the dip on a homely little ole saltine.

I know y'all are gonna love this one, so dig in and enjoy!

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Disclosure: As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received a free sample of Hormel Real Crumbled Bacon.

Posted by on February 3, 2011
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