Let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start. When you read you begin with A-B-C. When you sing you begin with do-re-mi. When you eat you begin with ap-pe-ti-zers, ap-pe-ti-zers. Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-yummy. I think appetizers set the stage for the rest of the meal. They are the first thing everyone eats, they are the ice breaker of the night, they are fast breakers since my guests had not eaten since lunch 7 hours prior. So for this shower the appetizers had to be good plus manly since the “Jacks” were invited.
On the left is Pepperoni Dip which I bring everywhere with me. Everyone wants the recipe. I got it from my friend Rindy many years ago and I can’t even count how many times I have made this dip. Funny thing happened the other day. I was talking to my friend Bobby and she said that she makes Sheila’s Pepperoni Dip all the time when she has company. I laughed at how that recipe has really gotten around from Rindy to me to Sheila to Bobby and back to me again and now to you! On the right is Spinach Artichoke Dip which is so cheesy and delicious. My warming tray kept these dips at the right gooey temperature.
I don’t know where it gets its cute little name but the Hocus Pocus Dip was brought by Tess, one of the Texan gals at the firm who knew this Texi-Mexi, spicy, smokey dip would be a hit with our group. All the dips were enjoyed by all and will be repeats at future office events. I hope.
6 ounce package Hormel’s Turkey Pepperoni*
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 can Campbell’s Healthy Request Cream of Celery soup
In a food processor finely chop pepperoni. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until creamy and smooth. Pour into microwave proof bowl and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. Stir and serve with a sliced baguette. Any chip works well too.
*Note- Regular pepperoni is too greasy for this dip, trust me.
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
1– 10 ounce package chopped spinach, drained well (squeeze as much liquid out as possible)
8 ounces sour cream
1 jar artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained, and chopped*
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
1 package (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan or Pecorino cheese
In a microwave safe bowl mix all ingredients until well blended. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir well and microwave one more minute or until mixture is hot and cheeses are melted. Serve with long, soft French loaf, sliced.
*Note- I have discovered using a jar of artichoke spread (I got mine from Harris Teeters in the bakery section) makes this the tastiest of dips.
Hocus Pocus Dip by Tess
2-8oz. pkgs Cream Cheese – Softened
1-cup Salsa (I use mild)
1-bunch finely chopped green onions
1-jar dried beef-finely chopped
chili powder to taste
Mix and Eat!
To be continued…
Speaking of Rindy…today is her Birthday!!!! Happy Birthday dear friend!