Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year's Day Dip!

Once a year, New Year's Day, I make this wonderfully delicious dip.  I first had it many many years ago when our church had a monthly fellowship lunch after the service and one of our church members Mike, would bring this dip every time.  For years, we just called it "oh wow, remember Mike's dip?" 

Then, several years ago our oldest daughter brought a variation of it for Christmas eve.  Ever since then, it's become a New Year's Day staple.

We've never had an official name for it, so we'll just call it 
Layered Cream Cheese Salsa Dip.  There are lots of ways you can make it, so here's the basic recipe:

2 bricks of cream cheese softened to room temp
1 tub of sour cream
1 cup of salsa (mild, med. or hot, depending on your preference)
1 envelope taco seasoning mix
2 cups grated sharp cheddar (or a mix of cheddar and monterey jack, or tex-mex style)
*sliced black olives
*guacamole or avacado chunks
*sliced jalapenos

In a large bowl whisk together the softened cream cheese and salsa.  Spread into a pan and cover the bottom completely with this first layer.  Use the same bowl (saves on clean up) and whisk together the sour cream and taco seasoning, then spread that over the cream cheese layer. Cover this layer with your choice of olives, avocado chunks, jalapenos, salsa.  Sprinkle your grated cheese over that.  Serve with tortilla chips.

I'm not going to include the nutritional info.  Suffice it to say, it's REALLY fattening. Hence, it only shows up in our house once a year. :)