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Hot Bean Dip

The first time I had bean dip I was blown away. It was in my 1oth grade Spanish class. We had to do a presentation for class and one of my classmates had brought a bean dip for extra credit. I think he was just trying to kiss up to the teacher. Such a Show-off. Making us all look bad with his fabulous, oh so good bean dip.. Anywho, it was a big hit and everyone loved it. The only regret I have about it was I wish I got the recipe. Even though I have not found an exact replica, I have discovered this concoction that is Easy. Peasy. Hot and Cheesy. Just absolutely delicious. Try this hot cheesy delicious dip at your next gathering! Your friends will thank you!

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans refried beans
  • 1/2 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 5 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 (8 ounce) block Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (8 ounce) block Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. In a medium bowl, blend the cream cheese and sour cream. Mix in the refried beans, taco seasoning, hot pepper sauce, parsley, green onions, 1/2 the Cheddar cheese and 1/2 the Monterey Jack cheese.

3. Transfer the mixture to an 8×12 inch baking dish. Top with remaining Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.

4. Bake in the preheated oven 20 to 30 minutes, until cheese is slightly browned.

Southern Pimento Cheese

Fried Chicken, Sweet Tea, Barbecue, Catfish, and Grits— are all some examples of true Southern culinary icons. Which brings me to two of my favorite words “comfort” and “food.” Put them together and it’s magic, just like the simple blend of cheese, mayonnaise and sweet peppers known across the South as pimento cheese.

Like most Southerners, I grew up with pimento cheese spread — from the processed stuff sold in supermarkets to the wonderful, chunky and flavorful varieties made at home. The popularity of this unique spread remains largely confined to the states below the Mason-Dixon line, where it assumes its place as a Southern delicacy. But you don’t have to travel down South to enjoy some authentic pimento cheese. Its basic ingredients are readily available everywhere, and it’s a cinch to make. With it only taking 15 minutes or less to make, why not whip up a batch today?

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, soften
  • 4 ounces vermont extra sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 ounces monterey jack cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar of pimentos, drained and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Porter House Seasoning, recipe follows
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 dash hot sauce (or more!)

Instructions

1. Using a hand held mixer, beat cream cheese until soft.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until creamy and combined.
3. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour.
4. Serve as a dip or as a sandwich filling.

Porter House Seasoning

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup onion powder

1. Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Every since I was knee-high to a grass hopper one of my favorite things to eat was buttered toast. I would have it for breakfast, sometimes as an after school snack while I watched School House Rock & Scooby Doo … And if I really wanted to jazz it up I would add  some good ole’ government cheese on top … Man, Those where the times (LOL) … Now-a-days my diet has changed and I tend to be more watchful of what I eat. But then there are those times when I just crave something that is just plain wrong and all the way fattening … Besides, who said you can’t indulge every now and then?

INGREDIENTS

1 loaf of crusty bread, French or Italian
1 cup Butter, softened
1 cup Asiago cheese, grated
1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese, grated
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 bunch green onions, white parts removed, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix butter, cheeses, green onions, garlic and mayonnaise in a small bowl and set aside.

3. Cut the loaf of bread in half. Spread the prepared cheese mixture on each half of bread, and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and brown.

4.  Cut into slices & serve.