Jalapeno Popper Dip

I love this dip. I’ve made it three times now (for New Year’s Eve, diet the Superbowl, search and one time randomly for dinner) and each time my family has loved it. We used to make Jalapeno Poppers a lot, health but this dip is just as good (maybe even better) and really easy to make.

Sometimes jalapenos are not spicy at all. And sometimes they are. I was trying these jalapenos to see how spicy they were (to decide how many to put in the dip), and I just placed a tiny piece on my tongue and thought I was going to die. I was drinking milk and eating sugar and seriously nothing would help the pain!

In general, though, this dip is not very spicy. I put two (large) jalapenos in it and we like it that way, but you could always put more if you like things extra hot. This dip is creamy and cheesy with pieces of bacon and jalapeno, topped with a crunch breadcrumb/Parmesan topping. The texture and taste are perfect! We usually eat it with tortilla chips, but I also like eating it with carrot sticks and crackers :)

Jalapeño Popper Dip

Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup mayonnaise (low-fat is ok)
4 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped up (I’ve used real bacon and microwave bacon…both work great)
2-3 jalapeños, minced (if you can’t get fresh, substitute a 2-ounce can diced jalapeño peppers, drained)
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Topping:
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, bacon, jalapenos, garlic, cumin and cheddar cheese in a mixing bowl. Pour the mixture into a 8 by 8in baking pan or 5 by 9in pan.
  3. Combine the panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and melted butter in a small bowl, mixing together with a fork (or your hands) until everything is incorporated. Sprinkle evenly over the cream cheese mixture.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the dip is bubbling. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips, crackers, vegetables, etc.

Note: These are the directions for half of the original recipe. It makes the perfect amount for my family (usually there are 3 people eating it). To make more of the dip, double the recipe and bake it in a 9 by 13in casserole pan.

Recipe slightly adapted from Brown Eyed Baker :)

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