Happy Secret Recipe Bonus Day! In months where there are 5 Mondays instead of the usual 4, the Secret Recipe Club has decided to do an optional theme day for anyone who wants to take part. This is the first one with “Tailgating” as the theme since football season will be starting soon.
I was assigned Sid’s Sea Palm Cooking this time around. She hosts a monthly tapas night which sounds like it would be so much fun! If I had a larger apartment, I would think about doing that but I can only seat about 4 others comfortably. Even though she made this Jalapeno Popper Dip as one of her SRC assignments a couple of years ago, I was still drawn to it because, you know, jalapeno popper dip.
Admittedly, I am not into sports – at all – much less football. My disinterest in the sport is considered a major sin here in the Bible Belt. But, I love the foods associated with football.
When Mr. C and I were still together, he would watch the Super Bowl every year and I would make a host of unhealthy appetizers to go with the game. Hoagies, BBQ lil smokies, pizza rolls, taquitos, nachos, etc. I would have a food hangover the next day but it’d so be worth it.
I’ve also never been tailgating but it looks like it’d be a lot of fun. When I was a kid, my dad’s family shared a season pass to the Minnesota Vikings home games so Mom & Dad would go watch them play a couple times a year and would make a weekend of it. For one game, they’d usually take a weekend for just the 2 of them while my sister and I would stay with my maternal Gramma or my paternal Grandparents.* For the 2nd game, they’d sometimes take my sister and I with them and my Dad & sister would go to the game and Mom & I would go shopping.
When I was 13 or 14, Mom suggested that Dad take me to the game which was pretty exciting for me! I didn’t care at all about the game, but it was such a treat to get to do something with Dad and no one else. We went to see a scrimmage between our beloved Vikes and the Cincinnati Bengals. I have no idea who won. What I do remember is Dad explaining the game to me, watching the various people on the sidelines while dad explained what each person did, begging Dad for a hot dog and getting lost on our way back to the hotel.
It was a lot of fun! 🙂
Isn’t amazing how a simple dish can trigger fun childhood memories, even when they aren’t directly related to said memory?
*Speaking of grandparents, Sid is a volunteer cook at her local Senior Center. I think that is really cool. 🙂
- 6 slices of bacon, cut into ½" pieces
- 3 jalapenos, seeded, quartered, thinly sliced
- 1 Tbsp jarred minced garlic
- 2 ~ 8oz pkgs cream cheese, softened
- ½ c mayonnaise
- 8 oz cheddar, shredded, divided
- 7 oz can green chiles, drained
- 1 Tbsp hot sauce (I used Frank's)
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 1 c panko breadcrumbs
- Preheat oven to 375º. Coat an 8" baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon, stirring frequently, until mostly cooked and starting to brown, 5-7 minutes. Stir in the jalapeno and 2-3 minutes, until softened and bacon is golden brown. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Remove the bacon-jalapeno mix from the pan with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel lined plate to drain. Drain the grease from the pan but set the pan aside.
- In a large bowl, blend the softened cream cheese, mayo, and half the cheese. Add the green chiles and hot sauce and stir to blend. Stir in the bacon-jalapeno mix.
- Spread the mix evenly into the prepared baking dish.
- In the skillet from the bacon, melt the butter over low heat. Stir in the panko until the breadcrumbs are well-coated with the butter. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining cheddar cheese. Sprinkle evenly over the cream cheese mix in the dish.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and the cheese is melted.
- Serve warm with crackers, corn chips, tortillas, etc.