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Pizza Dip

Everyone has their favorite food to munch on while they watch (or pretend to watch) a football game.

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My ideal food to have during a football game is pizza (and a beer).  Who am I kidding?  I pretty much want pizza all the darn time, even on a random hot day in the summer when there are no signs of a football around.  Anyway, I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone here because pizza is awesome.

You may be the kind of person who requires chips and dip instead.  After all, chips and dip are a wonderful thing to pop in your mouth at random times during a game party, or a holiday dinner, or at a Mexican restaurant while you wait for your food, or at midnight when you have a random food craving.

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Okay, what I’ve learned here is that pizza, chips and dip are awesome and freaking amazing and we should consume them every day, no reason necessary.  :)

Can we pause here for a moment to notice how freaking adorable these little pepperonis are?  That’s how they come in the package, located in my grocery store in the same area as the other pepperoni options.

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What if I told you that you could have your pizza, and eat chips and dip… in one convenient bite sized form?  Mind blown, right?  This dip is part pizza, part dip, and 100% addictive.

I started making this dip back in 2009.  (Why does a different decade sound like it is much farther away than it really it is?)  My husband emailed me the recipe, I printed it up, and I added it to my three ring binder recipe collection.  For you newbies, that’s what us people use to do before pinterest came around.  😉  I looked for the source online.  I found tons of similar recipes but none that matched exactly.  I guess it’s just as well because I’ve made some modifications to the original recipe along the way.

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This dip is seriously one of the easiest dips that you could ever make.  You can even make it before the game day and then all you have to do is heat it up when you are ready to scarf it down.  Fifteen to twenty minutes in the old hot box and boom, you’re serving one of the most addictive appetizers that I’ve ever made.

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Pizza Dip Recipe
(About 2 to 8  servings…appetizers are hard to suggest serving sizes)

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sliced green onion
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced mini pepperoni

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, oregano, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper.
  3. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly in an oven size dish, roughly 9 inches in size.  (That can be 9 inches across for a round pan, an 8×8 pan if that’s what you have, or anything similar.)
  4. Spread the sauce evenly over the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Sprinkle the chopped green bell pepper and sliced green onions on top of the sauce.
  6. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over the the veggie layer.
  7. Add the mini pepperoni on top of the cheese.
  8. Cook the dip in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and everything is nice and gooey.

Adapted from an unknown source

 

Rating:

5 Hats

 

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Banana Cake With Vanilla Frosting

I’m bananas over this cake.  (Bet you’ve never heard that one before, but I couldn’t resist..  😉 )

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In all seriousness, I’ve wanted to make this banana cake for a while now.  Why?  Uhm, isn’t the answer obvious?  We’re talking about cake, here.  I haven’t made it until now because I’m not the greatest at making cakes or frosting them, especially frosting them.  One time I threw an entire cake away because I tried to spread the frosting on it before it had cooled completely and the frosting melted and got weird.

I learned two things that day.  One, the cake must cool completely before you cover it with frosting.  In other words, if you have any doubts about whether it’s still warm, then wait and then maybe wait some more.  Two, do not ever throw away a cake if it’s edible.  Ever.  Your family will NEVER let you forget it.

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When I found this cake recipe I noticed that it’s only one layer.  Good because the whole two layer cake deal stresses me out.  Maybe that’s the perfectionist coming out.  I also noticed that you make it in a square pan.  Well, heck, I make brownies all the time, so this is essentially going through the same motions, right?  I can totally make this cake.  So I finally made it and it did not disappoint and it came out great.  (My husband points out that I may have been worrying for no reason again.)

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It’s moist and super duper delicious.  This cake is essentially a banana bread minus the spices, or perhaps like a vanilla cake with banana flavor.

I spread the icing on this bad boy in a rustic way.  It just seems that’s the easiest way for me to do it and not get all bonkers about it being perfectly smooth.  Honestly I should probably just try to ice all my cakes that way.  It’s conveniently impossible to get it wrong.

I was going to use a cream cheese frosting instead of the vanilla frosting, but I thought that wouldn’t be a fair fight for the cake.  You know, because anything covered in cream cheese frosting is freaking amazing.  It’s like adding bacon to any dish… of course it will be delicious, but it’s totally cheating and you may never know if it would have been delicious without the help.  I love the cake with this vanilla frosting, but I also think cream cheese frosting would be a great alternative if that’s what you prefer or if you’ve made this cake seven times and want a little variety.  😉

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Banana Cake with Vanilla Frosting Recipe
(9 servings)

Ingredients for the Cake:

  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (equivalent to about 2 bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Ingredients for the Frosting:

  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions for the Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Grease and 8 x 8 inch baking pan and set it aside.  (I lay down parchment paper in order to remove it from the pan to take photos but that is not required.)
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, sour cream, egg, and butter.
  3. Mix in the mashed bananas and vanilla extract.
  4. Mix in the flour, salt, and baking soda.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.
  6. Bake it for 20 to 25 minutes or until a tester inserted comes out clean.
  7. Let the cake cool completely before icing.  (Seriously!)

Directions for the Frosting:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the butter and powdered sugar until it’s smooth.
  2. Add in the heavy cream and vanilla extract and stir until it’s smooth.
  3. Spread the frosting on the cooled cake.

Source:  Butter Yum (Frosting recipe is modified.)

 

Rating:

5 Hats

 

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