Thursday, January 31, 2008

Super Bowl Munchies

My husband says it's not Super Bowl Sunday without this delicious dip. You will never eat bean dip from a can again...that is... if you ever did.

Touchdown Taco Dip
1 (16oz.) can refried beans
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 (1.25oz.) package taco seasoning mix
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 roma tomato, chopped
1/4 C. green onion, chopped
1/4 C. black olives, chopped
2 Tbl. fresh cilantro, minced (don't substitute with dried!)
1/2 C. cheddar cheese shredded

Preheat oven to 375 F. Spread beans into a 9 inch pie plate. In a med. bowl, combine cream cheese, seasoning mix and garlic; spread over beans.Top with tomato, onions, olives and cilantro; sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Garnish with sour cream if desired. Serve with taco chips.

Since you can't buy a small bunch of fresh cilantro, you might as well make this chilled dip to go along with the other. This one is my favorite!

Cool Gazpacho Spread

8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 C. sour cream
2 oz. (1/2 C.) cheddar cheese, shredded
2 Tbl. fresh cilantro, minced (don't substitute with dried!)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 roma tomato, seeded and chopped
2 green onions, sliced
1/3 C. cucumber, chopped

Combine cream cheese and sour cream; mix well. Stir in cheddar cheese, cilantro and garlic. Spread into a pie plate. Cover and chill atleast 2-3 hours to allow flavors to blend. Top with tomato, onion and cucumber just before serving.

I like to serve this dish with either baked pita chips or spread it onto warmed flat bread cut into small triangles. If you buy baked pita chips, I recommend the plain ones as opposed to flavored. You don't want anything interfering with the flavors of this yummy treat!

6 comments:

  1. Ooh! We LOVE the Touchdown Taco Dip! It's one of our favorites! I'll have to make it again. Now, if we could only find somewhere to WATCH the Superbowl! LOL! We don't have any TV reception, but a Superbowl Party was mine and my hubby's first date, so we always try to watch it somewhere. :) The Gazpacho spread sounds yummy too!

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  2. Thanks for both recipes - you're right, there's always too much cilantro left over when you buy fresh!

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  3. Mmm. The Gazpacho spread looks good. We'll be having Cowboy Caviar, but I think there's no such thing as too many veggie snacks!

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  4. Yummo, thank you, now I'm all set!

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  5. Sounds yummy! I'll have to try them.
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