I know this blog is supposed to be all about Italian food and culture, but let me say this: I love food, I live in the USA, and I, of course, appreciate traditions and food from other country! I have no idea where this amazingly good appetizer finds its origin, but when I tasted it at a friend’s party, I couldn’t help but ask for the recipe so I could share it with you!
What mostly impressed me about this super easy and fast cheese dip (besides the facts that it makes a great impression on the table, with very little effort), is that its spicy taste goes wonderfully along with tortilla chips, but turns out VERY good even with celery! So you can feel less guilty when you snack with a high fat & calories appetizer, if combined with a bunch of veggies 😉 (or at least, that logic works for me, LOL). So, be sure to make this snack for your Super Bowl fun day, and your friends (and YOU) won’t be disappointed!
INGREDIENTS for a 9” ROUND PAN
For the mix:
2 blocks (2 x 8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup (200 gr.) mayonnaise
1 cup (100 gr.) shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup (100 gr.) Parmesan, Asiago, Reggiano shredded cheese blend
1 small can (4 0z.) diced jalapeños (drained)
1 small can (4 oz.) diced green chilies (drained)
For the topping:
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan, Asiago, Reggiano cheese blend.
TORTILLA CHIPS and
if you like the a idea of a little “healthy touch”
remember to wash your celery sticks and arrange them in a nice dish
Mix cream cheese, mayo, shredded cheddar, Parmesan/Asiago/Reggiano blend, drained diced green chilies, and jalapeños in a bowl using first a spoon and then an electric mixer.
Grease the round pan and pour in the mixture.
Mix Panko bread crumbs with Parmesan/Asiago/Reggiano blend and sprinkle over the dip.
Bake at 375 F. for about 20-25 minutes, or until it’s bubbling on the sides and looks golden brown.
Serve it warm with tortilla chips and/or celery sticks and enjoy the game!
Learnt it, made it, loved it!
TIP: – You can moderate the spiciness of the dip, by choosing between hot or medium jalapeños. I am usually not a person that likes too spicy food, but I don’t mind this dip even in it hottest version..
– As you have probably noticed, this recipe contains Parmesan and Asiago cheese.. Indeed, I would say that it can be considered a “little bit Italian” !
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