Monday, January 27, 2014

Baked Sausage and Cheddar Dip

 Years ago, I was at a family event, and my nephew, Daniel, made an amazing sausage dip that was a HUGE hit. I asked him to send me the recipe, so he sent me a picture of a can of tomatoes with chilis, a bar of cream cheese, and a package of sausage. That was it. No recipe, no anything else. Just a note that said "Here it is." LOL Well, Daniel Boone, this is sort of like that dip you made, but with few little tweaks.
  It's a snap to throw together and it's the perfect thing if you're having a big gang over for your Super Bowl party, or any other fabulous party that you happen to be hosting. You could even make it the night before, and then bake it just before everyone gets there. Easy, right??? It also doubles easily, which is probably not a bad idea. Otherwise it'll be gone before halftime! Enjoy!

1 lb ground pork sausage, mild or hot
1 small onion, chopped
1 10oz can diced tomato with green chiles
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
a few shakes of crushed red pepper flakes
3/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
Corn chips

 Remove casings from sausage (if using links). Place sausage and onions in a large skillet, stirring until meat is brown and onions are soft. Stir in the tomatoes and chiles, and cream cheese. Add a few shakes of crushed red pepper flakes to taste. Stir until well combined. Spoon into a lightly greased 1-quart baking dish; sprinkle with Cheddar cheese. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with corn chips.

 If you're not a fan of pork, choose a sausage that works for you! How about turkey or chicken sausage? Mild or spicy, it will all work!
 If you like a lot of heat, go for it! Add any kind of diced chilis, as much as you like!

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