Jalapeño Popper Dip

I don’t know about you but I stuffed myself silly yesterday – plenty of hot dogs, grilled chicken, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes and enough popsicles to make a pool full of kids giddy with excitement. Too bad for them that I was in the comfort of my home and those kids poolside missed out on my popsicles.

Don’t worry, I spent some time at the pool, catching rays and reading my book yesterday but it was too hot to spend too much time there AND there were too many people competing for limited space in our salt water pool.

Okay enough rambling, let’s talk food. One of my favorite combinations of food is spicy jalapeno mixed with sharp cheddar cheese, melted cream cheese and bits of bacon. I get all sorts of excited when I think about it. I made the best Jalapeno Popper Dip the other day. I served it with chips, but that was really a technicality. I was ready to go face first into the dish when it came out of the oven – chips or not.

Take a look! Can you really blame me?

That’s what I thought.

Nutritional Information:
Servings: varied
Serving Size: about ¼ cup
Calories: 147.7
Fat: 9.1 g
Carbohydrates: 3.9 g
Fiber: .1 g
Protein: 13.5 g
Points+: 4

Ingredients:

Recipe Adapted from Closet Cooking 

1 (8 ounce) package fat free cream cheese, room temperature

½ cup Greek Yogurt

1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese

¾ cup parmigiano reggiano, grated & divided

1 (4 ounce) can sliced jalapenos, drained

1 ½ jalapeno peppers, small dice

¼ cup breadcrumbs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

Mix the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, cheddar cheese, ½ cup Parmesan cheese and jalapenos in a bowl and pour into a baking dish

Mix the breadcrumbs and the remaining Parmesan cheese together. Then sprinkle over the dip

Bake in oven until sides are bubbling and the cheese has melted and turned golden brown on top, about 30 minutes

Serve with chips and ENJOY!

Oh and enjoy we did. I enjoyed more than Nick. He has learned there are few foods that I go goo-goo over and the spicy jalapeno and cheddar combination is one of them. He tries to humor me and takes only a small portion so that I can eat as much as I want uninhibited by guilt over sharing. {Don’t worry, I usually have plenty of other food on these occasions in a whole-hearted attempt to lure those around me to another food selection… smart, eh?}

Enjoy! Xoxo Mel