Recipe : Jalapeno Cheese Dip

Friday, April 23, 2010

There's a restaurant near me called Cafe R&D...and let me start by saying thank God I didn't discover it while pregnant or else I'd have sent my husband there at least twice a week for the Dip Duo & Chicken Salad. As it is, non-prego as I am,  I still crave these two dishes.

The Dip Duo is one of Cafe R&D's signature apps... a little plate with guacamole and these thick (think pimento cheese consistency) queso. to. die. for.  I had to figure out how to make it - so I threw a few items together to create my own version of the thick queso. So easy and yet so good. Ready?

Jalapeno Cheese Dip

3 oz Cream Cheese, room temperature
1.5 C Sharp Cheddar, grated
1 C Pepper Jack Cheese, grated
1/4 C Mayonaise
1/2 t Onion Powder
1/2 t Garlic Powder
3 T Jalapenos, finely chopped

Mix all ingredients together and allow to sit for at least an hour before serving. Could this be any easier? really.
My personal opinion on buying shredded cheese? It's okay from time to time, but for a recipe like this, where the cheese is the star of the dish, freshly grated gives the best flavor. Just use the grater attachment on your food processor... or better yet grate it by hand and give yourself a little workout that way you can skip going to the gym!

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  1. looks yummy! I always love a good dip, especially in the warmer months!

  2. Erika3:31 AM

    As one of the taste testers I can definitely say that I love this dip. It was quite tasty! Did you use fresh jalapenos or pickled?

  3. Betsy5:23 AM

    looks amazing! Do you chill it in the fridge for that hour, or just serve it room temp?

  4. This sounds SO yummy! I am gonna have to try this over the weekend! Thanks!

  5. Umm, thank you for giving this preggers another craving!

  6. Foodie Friday is my favorite!

  7. I'm pretty sure if I made this I would eat the entire bowl myself! Happy weekend!

  8. Been waiting for this one... Thank you! Will definitely be trying it!

  9. Cheese is my world! I actually have dreams about cheese and when I wake up, sometimes sprinkle cheese on my cereal. I live for cheese. Great site by the way.

  10. OMG! That is simply mouth watering. Cheese is just the best thing in the world, I wish wasnt fattening.

  11. Just made this, Tonya, and it was sooooo good!