So, it’s the Super Bowl this Sunday.  I’m not going to lie – I don’t follow the NFL.  Hey, if we were talkin’ CFL it would be a different story.  I actually made this dip for this season’s Grey Cup.  The Riders were really going for it, I thought they were going all the way….ok, I can’t really talk about this.  It still hurts so bad.  Back to the Super Bowl.  My Dad and brother are really into the NFL.  They actually bet on games every week.  They are always going to a party for the big game.  My involvement in this whole thing:  making the appies, of course! 

This is a recipe from the one and only – my Mom.  She has a dish for everything and everyone gushes over her grub.  Even since I was a wee one, I can’t remember my Mom ever cooking something I didn’t like.  Her food is all about taste and of course everything she makes gives me comfort.  When I moved away from home, she wrote me out a recipe book of all the recipes I love.  For one of the first potlucks I was invited to, I wanted to impress, but I was lacking in the experience/know-how of cooking.  I got out the hand written recipe book and whipped up this dip.  It was a real hit because the flavour is great!

Oven Hot Dip is a sister to the 7 Layer Dip.  You know the one.  It’s at every party and is delicious, but this is an unexpected update.  Have fun watching the game this weekend or if you’re like me – have fun getting all the food ready and get dipping.  Oh, and pretend to watch the game too.

Oven Hot Dip

Beat:

8 oz cream cheese (1 brick)

0.5 cup pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce

1.5 tbsp taco spice (eg. Old El Paso taco spice packet)

Topping:

1/2 of a red pepper, diced

1/2 of a green pepper, diced

3 stalks of green onion, chopped

1 cup grated cheese (cheddar or marble)

symbols of teams playing – optional (thanks Arne!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit.  Blend cream cheese, sauce and spice with a hand-held blender.  I’ve tried doing it under my own power – pretty hard, but possible.   Spread in a 9 x 9 baking dish or if you want it thinner you can use a bigger one.  Sprinkle diced red and green pepper and onion on top.  Cover with cheese and optional team symbols.  Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and warmed through.

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