a cheese dip (made with cheddar)

 Southwestern Star Dip

Do not make this dip in a crockpot.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (real)
  • 1 can (4-1/2 ounces) chopped ripe olives, drained, divided (i used green olives, & the entire amount in the dip)
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, undrained
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (or 1 t chili powder)
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions (pic indicates more)
  • Tortilla chips  (unsalted, or pita chips)

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine cheese, mayonnaise, olives, chilies, garlic powder and hot pepper sauce. Transfer to an ungreased 9-in. pie plate. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

  • Sprinkle tomato on top in the shape of a star; outline with remaining olives. Sprinkle onions around the star. Yield: 2-2/3 cups.
 

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 124 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 197 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Cherry Fruit Dip


2 T of crushed pineapple, drained

2 T of marshmellow cream

12 maraschino cherries, chopped

1 8 oz  cream cheese

Mix well in blender and chill.

This is perfect with strawberries, grapes, pineapple, kiwi, and other fruits that don’t brown (e.g. bananas, apples). Or it can be served with a sponge cake as a trifle layering (instead of pudding).

Mexicorn Relish

1 11 oz can of mexicorn

1 11 oz can of white shoepeg corn*

1 cup pinto beans, drained

1 cup cilantro, diced

green onions, optional

½ t cumin powder

½ t dried minced garlic

½ t onion powder

½ t salt

1 lime

1 large tomato, seeded, diced

1 avocado, diced

Directions:
Combine vegetables. Add spices and lime to taste. Add avocado and tomato just prior to serving. Serve with tortilla chips. The ratio of veggies can be adjusted to your preference.

* Hominy can replace the corn.  Drain 2 cans of hominy and steam in a covered dish in the microwave for 10 minutes.