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It’s been well documented on this blog that I believe there is one way, and one way only, to watch a football game, and that is with lots and lots of snacks. A few weeks ago, I made bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers stuffed with cheese for a party and they were devoured before they even had a chance to cool out of the oven.
As good as they were though — savory, salty, spicy and piping hot — I haven’t wanted to make them again. As much as I might love something, I always feel compelled to try different recipes whenever I have the occasion to entertain, but I knew I needed to channel these poppers again.
As we enter the home stretch of football season for 2015-2016, you might think I’d be running out of ideas, but this dip is easily one of the most genius creations to ever emerge from my kitchen on a Sunday. It pairs perfectly with tortilla chips, but crackers, raw veggies or toasted French bread would all pair well, too.
If you like your snacks with a little bit of heat, then you’re in business here, with both green chiles and La Morena sliced jalapeño peppers. The leader in the chiles and peppers category, La Morena offers the highest quality products made in the style and with the taste of the authentic Mexican home and traditional recipes for over 25 years. A La Morena customer is one who appreciates quality and tradition – just as their philosophy implies.
Find La Morena sliced green pickled jalapeño peppers in the international foods aisle at Pete’s Fresh Market or Tony’s Finer Foods. La Morena also offers whole jalapeños, nacho sliced jalapeños, serrano peppers, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and more. All of these would actually work in a hot, creamy dip, but today, it’s all about the jalapeños.
This is one of those recipes that is incredibly quick, incredibly easy and incredibly crowd-pleasing. You start by placing your ingredients in a bowl and combining them with an electric mixer.
Once you mixture is combined, you top it with parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs and bake it for about 25 minutes. That’s just enough time to do your dishes, open up a bag of tortilla chips or crackers and flip the channel to that big game.
- 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained
- 1 (7-ounce) canned La Morena Sliced Jalapeños
- ½ cup shredded Mexican style cheese
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup bread crumbs (preferably panko style)
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an oven-safe serving dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Blend the cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth, using an electric mixer or stand mixer. Add the chilies, jalapeño peppers, and the shredded cheeses. In a separate bowl. combine the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.
- Spoon the cream cheese mixture into the prepared baking dish and top with the parmesan mixture.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the mixture is hot and the topping is lightly browned.
- Serve warm with tortilla chips, crackers or toasted bread.