Friday, December 30, 2011

Jalapeno Popper Dip.....yes I just said that!!

     So being gluten free sometimes has some drawbacks.....I used to dig jalapeno poppers. Yummy smooth cream cheese filled jalapeno poppers Mmmmmmm! (insert a Homer Simpson drooling noise here) Unfortunately you can't just walk into a place and order gluten free jalapeno poppers (groan).
     SO you can see why I was so excited to find a recipe for Jalapeno Popper Dip. Via Pinterest I found a recipe from Big Red Kitchen . Her recipe is not gluten free, but was easily converted to gluten free. I also added some ingredients and cut the recipe in half. I just can't leave a recipe alone, have to add my own style to it.
     This recipe could be served with some tortilla chips, gluten free crackers, or corn chips. I bet it would even be good with some fresh veggies.

Jalapeno Popper Dip

1- 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
2 T. Parmesan cheese
2 T. Bacon Pieces or Real Bacon Bits
1/4 cup chopped green chilies (do not need to drain)
1/4 cup canned diced jalapenos- double if you like heat (do not need to drain)
1/4 cup crushed gluten free cracker crumbs (Glutino GF Work well)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
2 T butter, melted

In a bowl combine the cream cheese, mayo, shredded cheese, Parmesan, bacon, chilies, and jalapenos. Mix together until completely combined and creamy.  Spread the dip mixture into a well greased casserole dish.

Prepare the topping. Combine the Parmesan cheese and gluten free cracker crumbs. Evenly spread the mixture over the dip. Pour the melted butter over the top of the parmesan and cracker crumb mixture.

Bake at 375 deg. for 20-30 minutes or until topping is a golden brown and dip mixture is heated through. Do not overcook or the dip will become greasy and separate. Serve with gluten free crackers, corn chips, veggies, or tortilla chips. This recipe can be doubled for larger parties and celebrations.

I used these jalapenos. Their website says they are gf, AND they are already diced. YEAH! You will want to verify that your ingredients are gluten free. Call or check websites for info.
Mix the dip ingredients together until smooth and creamy.
Spread the creamy dip mixture into a well greased casserole dish.
Top dip mixture with cracker crumbs/Parm and then pour melted butter over the top.
Bake at 375 for 20-30 min. or until golden brown and yummy!

Serve warm with gf crackers, corn chips, veggies, or tortilla chips.


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