Monday, January 13, 2014
Baked Olive Scallion Dip
I'm SUPER happy to report that the Niners won their game yesterday! I made this appetizer two weeks ago for the Niners game, and I'm finally getting around to posting it. I try to make something to snack on each week during the game, and this one was delicious!
I originally got the idea of this appetizer from Simply Scratch. I love her detailed pictures and recipes. I changed a few things to her original recipe, for example rather than using cream cheese I used Neufchatel cheese because it's practically cream cheese with 1/3 the fat. That's a win-win to me. I like to sub it any time a recipe calls for cream cheese.
This might be weird, but I only recently started liking green olives. They are so salty and bitter that as a kid I hated them. Only black olives for this girl, but recently I've been trying to accept them, because I really don't like to be a picky eater. I'm happy to report that they are pretty good...yup, I think green olives are tasty! Especially when they are mixed with my beloved black olives and lots and lots of cheese.
This dip reminded me of one of my all time favorite appetizer recipes; Artichoke Dip, but with olives! The original recipe isn't baked, but once I'd mixed all the ingredients together and tried it, I just wasn't that into it. So, into the oven it went, and you know what? It's freaking delicious! Creamy, salty, and browned cheese on top doesn't get better than that.
This is a very simple appetizer to make since it doesn't require a food processor or anything. It required the most basic cooking tools. Make this for your Super Bowl party or bring it to any get together you attend. I'm sure it'll be completely consumed. As Laurie suggests serve it with some Triscuts! It's soooo good! I wish I had some more left.
Baked Olive Scallion Dip
Inspired by Simply Scratch
1 (8 oz) package Nufenchel cheese, softened
3/4 cup mayonnaise
3 scallions, chopped
3/4 cup Spanish green olives with pimentos, chopped
1/2 cup black olives, chopped
6 oz jack cheese, shredded
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a large bowl; combine Nufenchel cheese, mayonnaise, scallions, green and black olives, and almost all the jack cheese. Leave a little jack cheese to top the dish. Spread dip into a small baking dish and top with the remaining jack cheese. Bake for 25 minutes. If desired turn on the broiler and broil for 2 minutes to get it a little browned on top. Remove from oven and dip with your favorite chip.