Monday, January 28, 2013

Loaded Baked Potato Dip

The Superbowl is upon us and... I just don't care.  It's not so much that my Patriots aren't in it - although that's definitely part of it - but really.. Joe Flacco and Ray Lewis? NOT INTERESTED.  I don't particularly care either way about the 49ers, either, but Colin Kaepernick kind of reminds me of Tom Brady - gets to start because his QB goes down with an injury, and holy crap he's pretty good! Also, there's still a week to go and I'm already SO. OVER. this Harbowl bologna.  We get it, they're brothers.  That should be like the side story, the human interest piece - maybe we could focus on the team playing and not their coaches? Just saying.

At any rate, I figured that since it's Superbowl time, I should share one of new favorite dips that's sure to be a hit at your party, whether you're getting together to watch to the commercials or you actually have more than a passing interest in either of the teams playing.

You see, I like baked potatoes.  A lot.  Scratch that.  I LOVE baked potatoes.  When Joe and I go to a steakhouse and I order a baked potato, I laugh at the waitress when she runs through the list of things I can get on it, because the answer is ALWAYS fully loaded. The only thing I don't like about baked potatoes is making them at home.  Well, that's not really true either.  I like making them at home, but I hate how long it takes - I want a baked potato NOW dammit, not in an hour and a half from now!

So, I was pretty stoked when I stumbled on this recipe for loaded baked potato dip. I modified it a little bit to work for one person, since I was nearly positive that Joe wouldn't like it since uhh.. he doesn't really like anything that regular people enjoy.  It was really easy to make, not that time consuming, AND delicious.  I still had to wait an hour, but if you're having people over, this is something you can easily make the night before or the same morning and it will be good to go when everyone starts.

Loaded Baked Potato Dip
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16 oz. sour cream
7 slices of baked, cooked, drained and crumbled
2 scallions, thinly chopped (approx. 1/4 cup)
1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese (I used the sharpest one I could find at the store)
salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix thoroughly.  Cover and let sit in the fridge for at least one hour, so all the flavors can mingle and get to know each other.  Stir before serving.

These are really good with potato chips, but I also used it as a topping on a baked potato and felt like I had died and gone to heaven.  I bet it would be really good with Tostitos, too. I'll just own up to it now and say that this is also really good with a spoon.

You can adjust this recipe to taste, but the one caveat would be to make sure you use the full 16 oz. of sour cream.  I originally tried to use only half of it (since I was making it for one person, remember), but the dip was so thick and really hard to scoop that I ended up having to add the rest of it, anyway.

I normally just stick with the standard onion dip, but this was so good that I'm willing to switch it up and break from the norm.  What's your favorite kind of dip or party food?

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