Kick Ass Queso

So our Mom has renamed this  Kick Em Queso.   A Mom is always a Mom.  I first had this in Seabrook, Washington.  My hilarious friend,  Mimi brought this to our pottery making class.   It was a hit then and is now. 

 

2 packages of Cream Cheese

1/2 lb. of Velveeta cheese (yep, the kind in the box)

I can of Rotel with Cilantro and Lime

1  lb. of sausage, browned  (use turkey sausage if you are feeling healthy)

 

Mix these ingredients and heat thoroughly.  I like to throw this in the crockpot  and let it simmer throughout a party.  Serve with tortilla chips or fritos.

I often leave out the sausage, depending on what else I am serving.

Apples and Dip

My dear friend Samantha makes this and it is addicting.  She is my friend that hates to cook, but always has the best dishes. This is nice when you need a quick bite of something sweet with a group of girls.  Soak the apples in pineapple juice so they don’t get brown.

Apples & Dip

3 oz. cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
3 large Granny Smith apples
½ cup caramel sauce
2 T. pecans

Mix the first two ingredients and put in fridge for 30 minutes and cover.

In the meantime, slice apples and dip in lemon juice.

Remove cream cheese mixture from fridge and top with caramel sauce and then with pecans.   I like to swirl the caramel into the cream cheese.

 

Marinated Cheese

This recipe is the total package.  Fabulous and pretty.  Great for a shower or a party. 

Marinated Cheese

Serves 8

1/2 c. olive oil
1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
1 – 2 oz. jar pimentos, drained
3 T. green onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3 T. parsley
8 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese
1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
Club crackers

Combine first ten ingredients in a jar and shake well to mix. You can make this the day before.

Cut a few pieces of cheddar and cream cheese into 1/4 inch slices. Cut each slice into 2-3 bite-sized squares so the cheddar and cream cheese “match” in size. Put a piece of cream cheese on a piece of cheddar, then add another piece of cheddar. Stand these pieces up on the dish. Continue to cut and alternate cream cheese slices and cheddar slices till you are out of cheese.

You can make as many rows as you like or as fit your dish. The morning you will serve it, pour marinade over, cover and chill at least 8 hours.

Serve with crackers or toothpicks.

 

Vidalia Onion Dip

This recipe was shared by our Mom.   She had it in a shallow baking dish. Serve it with Wheat Thins or Ritz crackers. EXCELLENT

Vidalia Onion Dip

2 cups chopped Vidalia or other sweet (1015’s) onions – not real fine chop
2 cups mayonaise (if you are a little short on mayo fill in with a bit of sour cream)
2 cups grated swiss cheese
2 tbl. grated parmesan

Mix all together and put into a greased baking dish. ( I use Pam). Bake at 325 for 40-45 minutes.

You could add anything you wanted to this but I love the simplicity of the onion and cheese flavor.

I had this dip today at someone’s house and it was SO great, just want to share. She had it in a shallow baking dish. Serve it with Wheat Thins or Ritz crackers. EXCELLENT

Cheddar Cheese Dip

Jamye makes this dip.  So easy and tasty. She serves it in a sour dough bread bowl.   I have also served it with crusty Italian bread, but when the bread runs out, someone always asks for a spoon!

Cheddar Cheese Dip

Serves 10 to 12

2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup mayonnaise
6 scallions (green onions), chopped Cayenne pepper or chili powder to taste

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Combine all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and transfer to an ungreased, 1-quart baking dish. Bake until bubbly, about 30 minutes. Serve with crusty bread.  If you decide to serve it in a bread bowl, cook this dip then spoon the hot dip into the bread bowl.  Cook the bread bowl/dip together in the oven until bread is warm. 

 

Cream Cheese with Jezebel Sauce

This is a “spruced up” version of jalepeno jelly on cream cheese.

Cream Cheese with Jezebel Sauce

1 10 oz. jar apricot preserves
1 10 oz. jar apple jelly
2 T. horseradish
1 t. dry mustard

Mix and put on top of bar of 8 oz cream cheese.

 

Feta Pine Nut Spread

I love anything you can just whiz in a food processor. This recipe is an old standby from Gourmet. It is also good on a bagel.

Feta Pine Nut Spread

Makes about 2 cups

1 8-ounce tub whipped cream cheese spread
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
3 T. toasted pine nuts
2 T. (packed) chopped fresh basil
1 garlic clove, minced (2 if small)
1 7-ounce package feta cheese, crumbled
1/3 cup chopped, drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes

Place cream cheese, yogurt, pine nuts, basil, and garlic in processor, and blend until combined.

Add feta cheese and tomatoes and blend, using on/off pulses, until combined but still a little chunky.

Serve with crackers or crostini.

You can make this 3 days ahead, covered and refrigerated.

Warm Blue Cheese, Bacon and Garlic Dip

This is a great appetizer.  It is great served with a rich Cabernet.

Warm Blue Cheese, Bacon and Garlic Dip

Makes 2 Cups
7 slices bacon, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup half-and-half
4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled (one cup)
2 T chopped fresh chives
3 T chopped smoked almonds (one oz.)

Cook bacon in skillet over medium-high heat until almost crisp, about 7 minutes. Drain excess fat from skillet. Add garlic and cook until bacon is crisp, about 3 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add half-and-half and mix until combined. Stir in bacon mixture, blue cheese, and chives. Transfer to 2-cup ovenproof serving dish and cover with foil.

Bake until thoroughly heated, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped almonds.

Serve with sliced apples, toasted pita crisps, or French bread.