If you, like me, believe that almost everything is better with garlic and cream cheese, then YOU are in for a treat today… And just in time for Super Bowl!
This delicious dip has been in the family for years.
The warm, creamy goodness with the crunchy, toasted pecans is the perfect balance.
And, just as important, it is an absolute SNAP to make. Only two quick things to chop, stir it all together, and bake it for a few minutes before serving.
Any sturdy chips or crackers make the perfect accompaniment, but I think Triskets are my personal favorite for this. 😉
You can even make it days in advance in little crocks or pyrex and refrigerate it until party time. Just bake and serve!
Now here’s my confession: you could probably make this with all fresh ingredients… and I’m sure it would be delicious. But the good ol’ traditional family way calls for a bunch of simple alternatives: minced garlic (the refrigerated jar kind) and minced onions (the dried ones), making it a SUPER easy recipe. Any time you’re planning for a crowd, I think time – and sanity! – savers are a must! Especially since it’s baked, you retain the zesty flavors of onion and garlic without the time of chopping…
The only slightly foreign ingredient for me is the “dried beef.” It’s a little jar of thinly sliced salami-looking beef, found on the aisle with the canned tuna or chili. It sounds a little scary, but it adds some heartiness to the dip and a good, smoked flavor that is perfection.
So give it a try… I think you and your guests will love it!
Warm and Zesty Baked Cream Cheese Spread
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 1/8 c milk
- 1/2 c sour cream
- 1.5 oz jar dried beef jar may say "chipped beef", chopped
- 1/4 c chopped green bell pepper
- 2 T dried minced onion
- 1/2 T jarred minced garlic refrigerated kind
- 1/4 t pepper
- 1/2 c roasted salted pecans
- Mix all ingredients except pecans
- If you do not find roasted pecans, you can saute some in butter and salt... delicious!!
- Sprinkle top with pecans and bake at 350 for 20 min
- Serve warm with Triskets or other substantial chips or crackers
This dip will also freeze, so feel free to make a double recipe and save some for later. If you put it in a freezer and oven safe container (like pyrex), you can simply pop the top off and put it in the oven. So simple!