Saturday, October 5, 2013

Twice Baked Potatoes With A Twist

Mr. Wonderful loves Twice Baked Potatoes. This version has a tangy twist and is an awesome accompaniment to grilled steaks, pork chops or even burgers.

The secret ingredient that gives it the zip is Greek Yogurt Dip. This one to be precise: Oikos French Onion Dip.

Tangy Twice Baked Potatoes

4 large Russet baking potatoes
1/2 cup Oikos French Onion Dip
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 soft butter
1/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp garlic salt
pepper to taste
1/2 cup real bacon bits
chopped green onion

Bake potatoes in oven or microwave until done.  Allow to cool 10 minutes.  Preheat oven to 350. 

Cut each potato in half lengthwise and carefully scoop out cooked potato.  Leave a thin layer of potato inside skins.  

Place cooked potato, Oikos dip, sour cream, butter, milk, cheese and seasonings in a large bowl.  Mix well with an electric mixer.  Spoon potato mix into shells, mounding slighty.   Top with additional cheese, bacon bits and green onion.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  Serve hot.   Leftovers freeze well.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Jalapenos are one of my favorite things to eat! I love their flavor and heat. When I saw this dip on Pinterest I knew I had to try it!

I had planned to save the recipe for the Superbowl or some other get-together, but yesterday was a football marathon at our house so I decided to make lots of snacks instead of meal.  I pulled out this recipe and all I can say is WOW!!! We loved it!!  It might be right up there with our all time favorite Artichoke Jalapeno Dip.

There are several versions on Pinterest and the net but here is my modified recipe, a little lighter in fat and definitely a healthier version.

Jalapeno Popper Dip

1 ~ 8 oz package Neufchatel Cream Cheese
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup light olive oil mayo
1 cup 2% shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2/3 cup parmesan cheese
1 ~ 4 oz. can diced or sliced jalapenos, drained
dash of garlic powder
dash of salt

For topping:

1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
Pam olive oil cooking spray

Preheat oven  to 375.   Spray an 8"x8" casserole with Pam.  In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients until well blended.  Spread in casserole.  In a small bowl mix bread crumbs with parmesan.  Gently toss crumbs while spraying with Pam.  Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over cheese mixture.  Spray top lightly with Pam. 

Bake at 375 for approximately 20 minutes until bubbly and top is browned.  Serve immediately with tortilla chips or crackers.

Sorry I was lax in taking a photo so here is a similar recipe image from Simply Gourmet!