Cheesecake Dip

When I was preparing our menu for the Super Bowl I was looking through my recipes and came across a cheesecake dip recipe from Stacy’s Pita Chips.  I had most of the ingredients on hand and made some changes, adding in yogurt and the optional ingredients.  You could also add fresh fruit or fruit you could down to become a jelly/syrup consistency (such as strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, or cherries).  I served the dip with graham crackers and apples.  I made the dip using my stand mixer (with my whisk attachment), but you could very easily do this by hand.  This dip was awesome and I will definitely be making it again. 

Cheesecake Dip
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Ingredients
4 ounces cream cheese (I used Neufchatel which is light cream cheese), softened
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons milk (I used 2%)
1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 cup plain yogurt (I used low-fat)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional:
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shredded coconut, toasted

Directions
1.  In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, milk, and sugar.
2.  Add the yogurt and vanilla, mix until combined.
3.  Whisk in the whipped topping.
4.  Chill and serve.

Mangia!
Lindsay Lou

Source:  Slightly adapted from Stacy’s Pita Chips recipe card

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Old Bay Peanuts

The Super Bowl is tomorrow and these are a perfect snack to have on hand.  They are super easy to make (requiring only 3 ingredients).  Below you will find more Super Bowl friendly snacks.  Happy Snacking!

I don’t know that I had heard much about Old Bay Seasoning* when I lived in the Midwest.  In Maryland you can’t get away from it (not that I would ever want to).  It is a must-have in your pantry, at least here.  I use it on fish, homemade chips and fries, chicken, and anything else standing still long enough 😉  There are Old-Bay chips you can buy, lunch meat, chicken wings, and they even give free sample packets out at the seafood counter.  You may have also heard it referred to as Chesapeake Bay Seasoning as Old Bay is one of the brand names.  It has a slight kick and is salty – a perfect combination.

I have taken Old Bay Peanuts as hostess gifts, included them with homemade spices for Christmas gifts in 2009, and have made them for company to snack on.  These will definitely make an appearance at our house tomorrow during the Super Bowl. 

Make sure to use unsalted peanuts or they will be too salty.

Old Bay Peanuts
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Ingredients
3 1/2 cups (or 16 oz container) Unsalted peanuts
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1-2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning (This depends on your taste – the more you use the more of a kick it will have so if you have never had Old Bay you may want to start with 1 tablespoon.  I have added a little bit extra after they have come out of the oven if you want to start out light and add more). 

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 300F
2.  Place peanuts in a large bowl, set aside
3.  Mix butter and Old Bay Seasoning, add to peanuts and mix to coat peanuts
4.  Place aluminum foil on a cook sheet with sides (I use a jelly roll pan).  Spread peanuts out in a single layer.  Bake for 30 minutes, stirring half-way through.
5.  Let cool and serve.

Mangia!
Lindsay Lou

Source: Lindsay Lou

*Old Bay has not paid me to endorse their product.  They don’t know me or my peanuts 😉

Other Snack/Meal Ideas for the Super Bowl:

Appetizers
Fried Onion Straws with Spicy Straw Sauce
Salsa
Guacamole
Homemade Tortillas 

Main Meals
Tomato Bruschetta Burger with Pesto
Pizza Margherita
Chicken Taco Stew (serve with chips, guacamole, sour cream, and cheese)
Turkey Empanadas 

Desserts
Oreo Truffles
Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cupcakes