Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Creamy Sausage Dip
Yes, another dip recipe.
As I stated last week, I love finger foods & dips would be included in those & this one is especially yummy. You really don't even need a chip or anything as your finger will work just fine or a spoon for those of you who may be more civilized on occasion.
This recipe came to me from my dear friend Marian. Marian is one of the most even keel people you will ever meet in your life. She always has a smile on her face. It has been questioned however whether that smile is from the her being truly positive all the time & seeing the good in all things or delirium. The jury is still out & I feel sure she will agree with me on that.
Marian also has the sweetest, cutest children you will ever lay eyes on. Her first born Charlie, he's 3, there are no words to describe that child. He's just too adorable & funny.
Her second, Mari Evelyn is only 5 months & as big as her 3 year old brother. Seriously, this kid is one of those chubby babies that has rolls on her arms & legs. I just love to see babies like that they are too cute.
So enough about Marian & her perfect family (her husband is a jewel as well by the way). Let's get back to the dip.
This recipe is a staple for Marian & the rest of her family when it comes to football games, showers of any kind or just when you are in the mood for a good snack. Marian also calls it 1-2-3 dip, but I decided to take the liberty of changing the name to something that sounds a little more appetizing...Creamy Sausage Dip. I'm sure Marian won't mind...she's even keeled remember.
So what's in this dip you ask? Well let's see...
First you'll need 1 pound of ground sausage, browned & drained. This is the 1 in the 1-2-3 & the sausage in the creamy sausage dip. Get it? Good. That's what I'm here for, to state the obvious.
Next you'll place 3 8oz blocks of cream cheese in the same pan you used for the sausage. We are getting out of order here, but this is the 3 in the 1-2-3 & the creamy in the creamy sausage dip.
Heat the cheese over medium-low heat until it is thoroughly melted. You will need to continuously stir this so that it doesn't stick to the pan & scorch.
After the cheese is creamy & smooth add the sausage back in.
Mix that together really well to incorporate the flavors & continue letting the cheese get melty & creamy.
Now add in 2 cans of rotel tomatoes or diced tomatoes with green chilis as some brands call it. You will not drain the tomatoes. The juice helps keep the dip from getting goopey & sticky when it cools down some. And this is the 2 in the 1-2-3.
Mix all that together until it's hot & slightly bubbly. I also added a dash of salt & black pepper & a pinch of cilantro. None of that is necessary however, it's sheer preference.
When it's all heated it is ready to serve. You can keep this in a crock-pot to keep it warm if serving it a party & it's just as good room temperature as it is hot.
I serve this with corn chips scoops, Marian serves it with wheat thin crackers. You may serve it with whatever you like. To keep it low carb it would go well with pork skins or vegetables...or a spoon.
Creamy Sausage Dip (aka 1-2-3 Dip)
1lb sausage, browned & drained
2 cans rotel tomatoes, undrained
3-8oz blocks of cream cheese
Salt, Pepper, Cilantro to taste (optional)
After browning & draining your sausage place the cream cheese in a pan over medium-low heat. Stir until cheese is melted & creamy. Add sausage back to cheese, stir well, then add tomatoes. You may add a dash of salt, pepper & cilantro if you prefer. Continue stirring dip until heated through & it just starts to bubble. Serve with corn chip scoops or wheat thins.