Southern Tailgating Recipes: Gridiron Bacon-Spinach Dip

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Gridiron Bacon-Spinach Dip

Warm from the oven dips always score big points on game day &  Gridiron Bacon-Spinach Dip will not disappoint. Bacon adds smoky notes to this otherwise classic appetizer & while jalapeños in the cheese deliver spicy heat. Fresh parsley, garlic & scallions take it over the goal line all in good taste. Pair the dip with other tailgating snacks such as Bourbon & Cherry Coke Ribs, Rings Of Fire, & Chipotle Chili Buffalo Wings & Horseradish Deviled EggsSweeten the deal with Peanut Butter-Toffee Cookies for a menu the whole gang is sure to love.

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makes 10 servings

Run The Option

Cheddar cheese may be substituted in place of the Monterey Jack with jalapeño peppers for a milder dip, if desired.

1 {8-oz} package cream cheese, softened
1 {8-oz} package Monterey Jack with jalapeño peppers, shredded & divided
1 1/4 cups low-fat Greek yogurt
4 scallions, sliced
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 {10-oz} package frozen spinach, thawed & well drained
6 bacon slices, cooked & crumbled
1/3 cup skim or whole milk
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Garnishes: Fresh parsley, bacon & crushed red pepper flakes 
Corn chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Stir together the cream cheese, 1 1/2 cups Monterrey Jack with jalapeño peppers, the yogurt, the scallions, the garlic, the salt & the pepper until combined. Fold in the spinach & the bacon. Add the milk. Spoon into a lightly greased 8-inch cast iron skillet or 1 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese. Place the skillet on a half-sheet pan. Bake 30 minutes or until the center is hot & the edges are bubbly. Garnish, if desired. Serve with corn chips.

The Extra Point

Serve this crowd-pleasing dip throughout the year for casual gatherings from birthday celebrations to supper club socials. 

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How To Soften Cream Cheese

Whether you’re in a hurry or you just plain forgot to pull out the cream cheese to knock the chill off, it’s simple to take matters into your own hands.

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Unwrap the cream cheese & place on a microwave-safe plate. Cook on HIGH power for 10 to 15 seconds for 2 {8-oz} packages. The cream cheese should be soft but not hot in temperature. Your finger should leave a firm imprint in the cheese when pressed. Proceed with the recipe as directed. 

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