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Is it just me or has January been the longest month ever? I saw a meme the other day about how it’s the 74th day of January and another that said “We are now entering the third month of January.” And man, it just feels like it!
Yet, somehow, Super Bowl Sunday is less than a week away so I wanted to share four of my favorite dips that are so easy to make, and more importantly, cheap as fuck. Because why are you going to spend money on the vegetable tray with dried up carrots and brown celery sticks that no one will actually eat?? I don’t know, maybe that’s just the parties and potlucks I’ve been to, but these dips allow you to put minimal effort and $$ toward your dish.
So unlike many girls, I actually watch the “Big Game” for the football. Commercials are my time to refill my plate. But this year, I’m already realizing how unwatchable the entire game may turn out to be. While I respect the hype of Tom Brady as the GOAT, I’m legitimately not interested in watching another Super Bowl featuring the Patriots. That being said, as a Redskins fan, you best believe I’m shipping Tom Brady and Bill Belichick like a bihhhhhh Sunday night. I never want to live in a world where the Eagles have won a Super Bowl, and I’m slightly worried because they say that the third time’s a charm.
Anyway, I’ll no doubt be drowning in some beer and compulsively stuffing my face with ALL the chips and dips. Check it below if you’ll be in the same boat!
Onion Cheese Dip
Two 8 oz. blocks of cream cheese (softened)
¾ cup chopped yellow onion (or sweet onion, based on your preference)
½ cup of mayo
2 cups of shredded Parmesan cheese
Mix/stir together all ingredients and bake at 350° for about 20 minutes, or heat in crock-pot on low for 2 hours (stirring occasionally).
Simple right? Trust me, it’s a crowd-pleaser. I never come home with any leftovers. I typically double the recipe for a bigger crowd. If you’re making for a group of 2-4 people, the serving above is more than enough. And I say that mainly because it’s dangerous. Pair with Tostitos… game over, people.
Ranch Beer Cheese Dip
One 8 oz. can of beer (light, such as Bud Light or Miller Lite)
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 packet of Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dips
Two 8 oz. blocks of cream cheese (softened)
Mix Cheddar cheese, ranch dip packet, and cream cheese while gradually stirring in 1/2 cup of beer. Don’t use the entire beer in the recipe – the rest is for you to enjoy! You can top off with remaining cheddar cheese and if you’re feeling fancy, garnish with green onion. I’m never feeling fancy because that means spending more money on something that’s primarily for presentation purposes. My sister introduced me to this dip, and I love it because you can make the night before and serve it at room temperature the next day. You’ll want to let it sit out for about 15 minutes before people dig in. Nobody likes broken chips in the dip. Serve with pretzel crisps, chips, or one of my favorites, Wheat Thins!
Spicy Cheese Sausage Dip
One 8 oz. cans of Rotel Diced Tomatos and Green Chillies
Two 8 oz. blocks of cream cheese
1 package of sage Jimmy Dean sausage
Lightly brown the sausage on stove-top with your normal seasonings, and be sure to drain! Dice cream cheese and place all ingredients in a crock-pot, cooking on high for 2 hours and stirring occasionally. You can also make this on stove top, which I often used to do if I am short on time. I haven’t made this since becoming a vegetarian (for obvious reasons), but any meat-lover at your party will love this! And three ingredients? No brainer! Serve hot with Tostitos or your choice of corn chips.
One 8 oz. block of cream cheese (softened)
1 cup of shredded Mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
One 8 oz. jar of pizza sauce
1/4 cup of diced pepperoni (optional)
1 tsp. of Italian Seasoning
Put all ingredients in crock-pot and cook on high for an hour. Can you tell I like dishes that just require me to throw everything in a single container, stir, and heat up?? Obviously, this recipe has the most ingredients, but you can choose to keep this vegetarian by omitting the pepperoni. I like this served with a sliced french baguette, but pretzels or chips work too.
You really can’t go wrong with any of these. I might consider at least doubling these recipes for bigger parties, but even then, still super cost effective – and don’t break the bank buying Philadelphia cream cheese… the store brand version will suffice just fine! We are supporting NOTHING related to Philadelphia, people! 😉
Let me know in the comments below if you have had any of these or which ones you might try! All of these dips store and reheat nice for a couple of days, so if there are leftovers, enjoy them while nursing your hangovers – and possible disgust at the Eagles being Super Bowl champions – on Monday!