Jalapeno Popper Dip

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Do you need that awesome dip to share at a party?  One that is easy to make with very little prep time. How about one that has a spicy kick to it?  Look no further than the jalapeno popper dip or as I like to call it my ultimate jalapeno dip.  If you google jalapeno popper dip, you will find tons of recipes.  There’s a lot of similarities to all of them including this one, however I believe the crunchy topping is the key to this jalapeno popper dip, as well as the fresh parmesan and panko bread crumbs!

Ingredients:

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 (4 ounce) can of green chilies
  • 1 (4 ounce) can of diced jalapeno or 2 fresh jalapenos diced
  • 1 Cup of fresh Parmesan/Reggiano mix
  • 3/4 cup of Italian seasoned Panko bread crumbs (or as much as you choose)
  • 1 cup of crushed multi-grain crackers and Ritz crackers (the multi-grain adds a great texture to the topping)

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth.  This can take some time to get smooth.  Stir in jalapenos and green chilies. Pour and spread mixture into a Pyrex or Corning ware dish approximately 2.2 quart or you can use a pie plate.
  2. Add the fresh parmesan covering the entire jalapeno popper dip. Next, sprinkle the bread crumbs evenly over the jalapeno popper dip.
  3. If planning to bake later, cover and place in the refrigerator. When ready to bake, place the dip uncovered in a preheated oven of 350 degrees.  Cook approximately 15-20 minutes or until bubbly and a little browned on top.  Serve with crackers, tortilla chips, or wheat thins.

Enjoy!

Simple Salmon

Simple Salmon

We eat salmon a lot at this house.  Everyone loves it, however we always stick with the same recipe – teriyaki salmon on the grill.  It’s great, but I really wanted to change it up. This time I wanted to bake it.  I wanted some strong flavors to come through so I decided to include some Dijon mustard, a little honey, and some breadcrumbs.  How can you go wrong with that?

The end result was pretty amazing and the family agreed.  This will be another “go to” recipe for salmon at this household.  Plus, it is super simple to prepare.

Simple Salmon

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 4-5 (4 oz.) Salmon Fillets (we buy Costco salmon, fresh and frozen)
  • 1/4 Cup of Butter, melted (optional)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 1/2 Cup of Honey
  • 4 Teaspoons of Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup of regular bread crumbs and/or Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup of homemade bread crumbs using crushed Multi-grain Crackers or any kind of Crackers

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a shallow baking pan with foil.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter, Dijon mustard, and honey.  In another bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs and parsley.  For the breadcrumbs, get creative and use what you have a home.  That’s what I did when I put this together.  The homemade crushed breadcrumbs really add a lot of extra flavor and texture.
  3. Brush each salmon fillet with the Dijon mixture.  Then place on the foil lined pan. Sprinkle each fillet with the breadcrumbs.
  4. Bake the salmon for 12-16 minutes in preheated oven. Season with salt and pepper. You can garnish with a lemon wedge if you prefer.

Enjoy!