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Jalapeno Popper Dip

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I was reading Closet Cooking today, a wonderful blog by the way and a must read, and he had a recipe for Jalapeno Popper Dip posted which set my mouth to full water.  It is at this point where I must tell you that I love dips, warm dips especially, and I knew that I would be making that dip to go with dinner.

Jalapeno Popper Dip (2) 

I did make some changes to the dip, not that it really needed them, because we do our jalapeno poppers a little different at our house.   

First, I added bacon to the dip.  When we make poppers we wrap them in bacon and put them on the grill.  Bacon and jalapenos are a natural together.  Add cheese and it is bliss.  Knowing this, I knew bacon would be a welcome addition to the dip.

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Second, I added garlic.  Mostly just because I like garlic, but also because it would round out the flavor some.

Third, because I added garlic I felt compelled to add fresh onions.  I cooked them first so they would blend into the dip better. 

Last, I added cumin.  It is rich and warm, and it compliments garlic and jalapenos really well in Tex-Mex cooking.  Besides, I love cumin and I figured with the heat from the peppers I could use some earthy spice.  

This dip may require a 12-step program.  It may well be the best dip I have ever eaten, and trust me when I say that I have had a lot of dip in my day.  Take this to a pot-luck and you will have people begging for the recipe.  Make this for a party and don’t expect a lot of conversation as people go back for seconds, and thirds.   I know we kept going back for more, even after we had eaten dinner and were too full for dessert.

Dip Fixins' 

Jalapeno Popper Dip  Serves 4-6 (or two very greedy people … not that I know or anything …)

1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup onion, finely diced
2 jalapenos, mined
1 clove of garlic, minced
4 strips of bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1-8 oz package cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup pickled jalapenos, chopped

Topping:
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 teaspoon paprika

Heat the oven to 350 F.

In a small saute pan heat the butter over medium heat until foamy.  Add the onion, jalapenos, garlic, bacon and cumin.  Saute until the onions begin to soften.  Remove from the heat to cool slightly.

Blend the cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth.  Add the cheeses and chopped pickled jalapenos.  Add the sauteed ingredients and stir to combine.

Spread the dip into a small casserole dish and top with the panko, Parmesan cheese and paprika.

Jalapeno Popper Dip 

Bake for 30 minutes, then cool for five minutes before diving in.

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21 Responses to “Jalapeno Popper Dip”

  1. RecipeGirl says:

    OMG, I must make this!! What a fabulous dip.

  2. Hairball says:

    You are making me *very* hungry right now!

  3. jenn says:

    Forget the chip. Give me a bowl of that right now. Yum!

  4. Kevin says:

    Your jalapeno dip looks amazing! I really like the addition of the bacon!

  5. brilliant! I’m also a huge fan of both poppers and warm dips.

  6. As Rachael Ray would say – “Oh my gravy”

    That looks wonderful. I love to make warm dips – I can skip dinner and just sit down with a bag of tortilla chips and dip. My husband loves jalapeno poppers, so I think he would really like this!

  7. Sara says:

    I love jalapeno poppers, they’re one of my guilty indulgences – I bet this dip is amazing.

  8. Tracy F says:

    That dip looks divine. It is almost cruel to see pictures of it and not be able to immediately eat it. That is the risk with looking at food blogs.

    I agree with the addition of cumin. It is a wonderful spice and calling it “earthy” is a great way to describe it.

  9. Lindsay says:

    I’ve made this dip several times and it is FABULOUS! My fiance begs for more and more and more.

    Do you think it would hold up in a crockpot to take to the office? I would bake it in the crockpot dish the evening before, and then heat it up in the crockpot for an hour before serving. Would the cream cheese be okay?

  10. LollyChops says:

    I will be making this tonight for the hubs! He’s going to love it!!!

  11. fhollis says:

    I made this for a party and it was gone in about 30 minutes. Everyone LOVED it and wanted the recipe!

  12. Jim says:

    I thought that cumin bottle read coming soon. I was looking for clues. I’m a dope at times.

  13. wendyb964 says:

    my goodness….I could probably eat the whole dish myself! Will definitely make it for New Year’s but triple the recipe.

  14. kevin says:

    Just made up a batch for super bowl sunday tomorrow. It looks delicious! I’m glad I got enough ingredients to make up a second one later this week.

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