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Jalapeño Popper Spread

Adapted from: https://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Jalapeno-Popper-Spread/Detail.aspx

Ingredients

  • 2- 8 ounce packages cream cheese room temp
  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • juice and zest of one lemon
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 cup Asiago cheese grated
  • 1- 4 ounce can chopped green chilies
  • 1- 4 ounce can sliced jalapeños- double if you like heat (or 2-3 fresh chopped jalapeño peppers
  • 6 pieces of bacon fried crisp and crumbled
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Asiago cheese
  • 1/2 stick butter melted

Instructions

  1. Mix first 8 ingredients by hand or with a electric mixer and paddle blade until smooth. Stir in the crumbled bacon.
  2. You do not need to drain either can of peppers. Spread the dip into a greased 2 quart casserole. Stir in the fried and crumbled bacon pieces.
  3. In a bowl mix bread crumbs and the other 1/2 cup of Asiago cheese. Pour melted butter over top crumb mixture and mix well. Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over the dip and bake in a 375° oven for about 20 minutes. You want the top to get browned and the dip to be heated through and bubble gently on the edges. Do not over heat this dish or the mayonnaise with separate and you will have a grease puddle in your dip. Serve with Buttery crackers or toasted pita chips.
  4. Serves 15-20.