The hockey playoffs are under way and things are getting really interesting already. My team is in it, so my pals have been stopping by to catch the games. Naturally I like to put on my thinking cap to come up with something different each time they come over. I came across an old recipe that I had done in culinary school. I did a little tweeking and came up with this: Cheeseburger Dip.
If you think about it, a cheeseburger dip has pretty much all the elements of a cheeseburger and then some. You've got your ground beef, onions, cheese, ketchup, mayo and pickles. What binds it together and makes it "dippy" is cream cheese. Make sure that the ground beef that you use is very lean, otherwise it will make the dip very greasy. I made that mistake once - and I learned real fast. Once the dip is assembled, place a few slices of American cheese on top and place it in the oven until it's bubbly. It can be served with chips and/or crackers.
Cheeseburger Dip (serves 6)
1/2 medium onion, minced
1 lb lean ground beef
16 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
2 (8oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayo
1/4 cup ketchup
1 medium dill pickle, minced
1 tbs pickle juice
1-2 slices of American cheese
1. Pre-heat oven to 350-degrees. Saute the onions and ground beef until the beef is cooked through (about 10 minutes). Drain cooked meat/onions in a strainer. You don't want any grease in the dip. Place in a bowl.
2. In a food processor, add remaining ingredients. Process until smooth. Add to the ground beef mixture and mix through.
3. Pour dip into an ovenproof dish and place strips of American cheese on top.
4. Place in oven and heat through until slightly browned and bubbly.
And there you have it! This is a great dip for any occasion. It doesn't take long to prepare. You can even saute the beef and onions ahead of time and assemble the rest of the dip later on. I hope you try it.
Until next week, keep on homegating!