Spinach and Artichoke Dip or Spread

 

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Ingredients:

1 pkg Fresh Spinach Leaves 8 oz
1 cup Quartered and Marinated Artichoke Hearts
1 pkg Cream Cheese
1 cup Fresh Parmesan
1 Chopped Garlic Clove
1/4 cup Clam Juice
2 tsp Lemon Juice
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Mrs. Dash Original Blend

1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
! diced Tomato
2 Fresh chopped Basil Leaves

Blanch the Spinach and Strain.  Add and stir all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl with softened Cream Cheese, but leave the Mozzarella, tomato and basil for the topping.  Once it’s mixed, add the cheese and melt in the oven.  Then add the fresh tomato and basil over the top and serve, Spinach and Artichoke dip or Spread.

3 Cheese Chili Con Queso

Chili Con Queso

Chili Con Queso is just Queso!

No matter how you slice it, Chili Con Queso is still just Chili ‘n Cheese.  I could be wrong but I think Chili’s is actually responsible for it’s fame.  Not responsible for the recipe itself, I mean, just for getting it more widely known and popular.  I would always order their Bottomless Chips and Salsa with Queso, and fill up on that before I got my Mushroom Jack Fajita’s (No longer on the menu).  Ah yeah… Those were the Days!  Anyway, I would say my recipe is very similar to theirs and really easy to put together, thanks to canned products.

Nacho CheeseNow, if you are a regular follower of Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen, I know what you’re thinking;  canned products, right?  I know, I know.  I always preach about using fresh food, and I usually do, but this is just one of those things that works just the way it is because it’s just a chip dip.  But it isn’t just any Chip Dip, it’s Chili Con Queso, and that means we need to use a good Chili, and it doesn’t get much better than Hormel if you’re forced to use a can.  It’s just too damn bad I don’t get paid to plug all of these Company products I’m always raving about in my recipes.  Maybe someday…. but while we’re talking about cans, we might as well talk Nacho Cheese.  I usually buy El Mexicano Nacho Cheese Sauce, because it’s 1/3 the price of Rico’s, and, it tastes better. So it’s win win all around the board.  Cream Cheese, Nacho Cheese and Pepper Jack Cheese are the 3 Cheeses I use to make this Chili Con Queso Chip Dip.

Chili Con Queso Ingredients:

1/2 Diced Onion
1 Diced Green Chili
1 Diced Jalapeno, Yellow or Chipotle Pepper (optional, you decide)
1 chopped Garlic Clove
2 Cans of Chili no Beans (Hormel)
1 pkg Cream Cheese
1 can Nacho Cheese (El Mexicano)
1/2 tsp Cumin

Topping
1/2 cup Pepper Jack Cheese or Cheddar
1 Chopped Tomato
Freshly Chopped Cilantro

This recipe is easy.  Combine all the ingredients ,except the topping, in a pan on medium heat and simmer until everything is melted and thoroughly mixed.  Then add to a oven safe dish, top with pepper jack cheese and broil in the oven on the top rack just until the cheese has melted.  Then pull and add the freshly chopped tomato and Cilantro, and enjoy your Chili Con Queso!

Homemade Guacamole

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Less isn’t More with Homemade Guacamole!

If you’re lucky, you’ve stumbled upon my recipe for Homemade Guacamole and not some other plain Jane Witch’s brew.  Even the most popular sites have a very mediocre version of what they think the recipe should be and they are missing the very thing that makes Homemade Guacamole exciting, FLAVOR!  You know the saying that sometimes less is more?  Well, in this case, more is more.  That being said, you’re going to want to make sure you’ve got all of the ingredients in the list below before you venture off to the kitchen to make this pot of gold.

Homemade Guacamole Ingredients:

4 Avocados
2 Chopped Garlic Cloves
1 Pinch of Fresh Cilantro
1 Chopped Jalapeno
2 Green Onions (Scallions)
1 tbs Bouillon
1 tbs Oregano
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 Squeezed Lime

Mix all the ingredients together and add salt to taste.  If you like more of a kick, add some Cayenne or Paprika.  If you can control yourself, over night it in the refrigerator so that the Guacamole can marinate and it will really brings out a ton of flavor.  Just make sure that you cover it so it doesn’t turn brown.