Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The BEST Chip & Veggie Dip

I've been eating this dip since I was a toddler. It's a long time family classic!
Be ready for it to become a party favorite.

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Well it's taken me 10 years to showcase this dip to the world.

Here's the back story.

My Mom has been making this dip for every stinkin' family function since I was a baby sucking down a bottle.  And then well before that. Story has it that she received it from a good friend who found it in a local cookbook.

And the rest is history.

Kinda of.

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In our family it is called DELICIOUS DIP.

Yes, I know, weird name, right?  Apparently, we are super creative. When we all travel back home or meet in the middle for any gathering this dip is there.  No questions asked - it just shows up - most often from my Mom, sometimes from my sister, every once in awhile from me.  Nobody asks who is bringing the "delicious dip" we all just assume someone will.

Can you imagine the day it doesn't show up? Earth shattering.

It is served with potato chips {Ruffles or Sterzings most likely} and a variety of chopped veggies, usually carrots.  That's it!

We bring it out shortly before a meal and snack away and then complain to each other as to why we filled up on chips and dip before the main dish.

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Yesterday I texted my sister to tell her I was featuring it on the blog today and I needed help with the name.  You see to regular viewers naming a chip dip "delicious dip" is just confusing.  When I tell people about it they often look at me cross-eyed waiting for the name to follow.  They think I'm describing that the dip is delicious.

Which it is.

Are you confused yet?

Plus, Google wouldn't like it if I named a recipe "delicious dip".  There is a whole rhyme and reason to naming recipes so that they will show up in search feeds {bet you didn't know that, huh?}.

In the end we settled on The BEST Chip & Veggie Dip.  Because, well, it is.

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Have a I mentioned it takes just a few measly minutes to mix together?  A simple combo of sour cream, mayo, shredded cheeses and seasonings MAKE THIS DIP.

I highly encourage you to let it sit in the fridge for a few hours before diving it, overnight if you have the time.  Those flavors will mingle and dance and just become the most delicious dip you've ever had.

Don't be alarmed if you find yourself in a corner hogging all this stuff to yourself.  Or if you make it a meal {that has happened to me}. Our family has turned so many other families onto this dip over the years to where it has now become a family staple in their house too.

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This is also the dip that encourages my kids to double up on their veggies.  If I dice up cucumbers, celery and carrots they are 10x more likely to chown down if this dip is involved.  

And you know what?  I don't care.  In the end they are eating their veggies.

I cannot wait to hear how you guys like it!  Will it become your new family appetizer?  I sure hope so.  We love the stuff.

It's delicious.

The BEST Chip & Veggie Dip

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The BEST Chip & Veggie Dip
Yield: 2 cups
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Prep time: 5 MCook time: Total time: 5 M
The chip & dip recipe my family has been eating for decades! So simple and easy, it comes to each and every gathering and is gone fast.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 t. Accent seasoning
  • 1/2 t. garlic salt
  • 2 T. dried parsley (enough to make it colorful!)

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl combine the sour cream and mayo.
  2. Add in the seasonings and shredded cheeses, stirring to combine.
  3. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight for best results.
  4. Serve with potato chips and chopped veggies.

Notes:

I add copious amounts of dried parsley - we like a lot! Some people will also add some dried or fresh dill, but that is not in the original recipe.
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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Cookies

These Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Cookies are the perfect sweet treat with a hint of salt 
to round out the bite that will make you come back for more.

Read on to see how easy they are!

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I love dark chocolate.

Golly, I hope you do to.  It's such a nice little treasure of greatness in life.  Please tell me your taste buds salivate over it as much as mine do.

I especially love dark chocolate in cookies. Just sweet enough to satisfy that dessert craving. My kids love it {basically because I force fed them it since they were young, so they had no choice}. These cookies went over like a new puppy.  I baked up a batch to take to a friend's house and had a hard time keeping them out of reach from those buggers.

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I haven't been baking as much since early March {we went a wee bit overboard during the early stages of quarantine}.  I've been holding back in fear we'd all out grow our Summer clothes, but per usual a few days ago I GOT THE ITCH.

Baking is a bit of a stress releiver for me. When life gets bananas I tend to drop all the to-do lists and just bake something {my banana bread is often the front runner}. Ever since we got back from a short vacay last week I've felt behind.  It's hard to get all the things done with the kids underfoot 24/7!

We've gotten word that our school district will be back up and running coming late August {praise be to Jesus}, but there are still some kinks to get ironed out.  We can only assume things will most definitely be different.

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So like I said, when I get busy with life, why not mess up the kitchen and make life even more messy?

Makes complete sense.

But, y'all....these cookies are worth it.  Did you see what makes up the dough?  Butter AND cream cheese.  Both of them.  You don't often see cookies with both, but let me inform you that cream cheese makes for the most pillowy, soft and tender middle, while still allowing for a slighty crisp edge.  I'm not sure how it works but it does.

I also prefer dark chocolate chunks versus the chips when I can find them {found these at ALDI!}, I just feel you get a better bite of chocolate.

And don't forget that sprinkle of sea salt on top before baking {I mean, you can, I'm not the cookie police}, but at least try on half to get that sweet and salty combo.  It's insanely delicious!

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If you've been a follower all these years or even a new fan, would you mind pinning this recipe to your dessert boards on Pinterest?  It's one of the best and easiest places people find my recipes.

I cannot wait to hear what you think of these!

Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Cookies

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Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Cookies
Yield: 36 cookies
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Prep time: 10 MCook time: 12 MTotal time: 22 M
These crunchy on the outside, tender in the middle cookies are loaded with dark chocolate chunks, plus a sprinkle of sea salt on top for the ultimate cookie experience.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks, plus add'l for topping
  • 2 T. sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer start to combine the softened butter, cream cheese and sugar until incorporated.
  3. Add in the vanilla, eggs, salt and baking soda and combine.
  4. Sift in the flour and once mixed together, add in the oats.
  5. Gently fold in the dark chocolate chunks.
  6. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out a 2 tablespoon size of dough onto the cookie sheet. Gently press in a couple extra dark chocolate chunks and sprinkle with sea salt.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes.  Allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack.  Store in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
Calories
148.06
Fat (grams)
8.66
Sat. Fat (grams)
5.11
Carbs (grams)
15.72
Fiber (grams)
0.88
Net carbs
14.84
Sugar (grams)
7.37
Protein (grams)
2.01
Sodium (milligrams)
471.22
Cholesterol (grams)
27.58
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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Bacon & Bleu Pork Burgers

Nothing beats Summer like a juicy, grilled burger.
This bacon and bleu cheese stuffed burger comes topped with a creamy Russian dressing and pretty much makes dreams come true.

This post is sponsored by Iowa Pork.

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My birthday is in mid-August and I always request burgers for my dinner celebration. The family and I just got back from a short vacation and I ate burgers twice in four days. I have multiple burgers on my website and I will continue creating new varities until this blog dies.

That my friends should tell you HOW MUCH I LOVE A GOOD BURGER.

The iconic burger screams Americana and since we are smack dab in the middle of Summer, I had no choice but to feature this insanely good one in partnership with Iowa Pork.  I wanted to show off a great pork burger {if you haven't tried using ground pork in your grilled burger, please get on the train}.

This one fits the bill.

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Pork is BIG in Iowa.

Huge.

We take a lot of pride in our pork production.  I've been cooking with it for years.  We love my Unstuffed Egg Roll Bowls, my classic Iowa Ham Balls, this comforting Lasagna Soup and my sweet and tangy BBQ pulled pork pizza

Don't believe me?  Take a look at these Iowa Pork Farmers.  You may be surprised just how much you have in common with these farmers here in Iowa. They care about the environment, they want their animals to be cared for properly and they really care about us, the consumer.

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Now, I have always enjoyed a burger topped with bleu cheese.  In fact if it's on a restaurant menu, there is about a 90% chance I'll order it every stinking time.

Think you don't like bleu cheese?  Not sure? GIVE IT A WHIRL!

I promise the combination in this burger of caramelized, sweet onion, bleu cheese, bacon and a creamy Russian sauce comes together perfectly.  Even my husband who "kinda" likes bleu cheese loved these burgers and gobbled down two in about 15 minutes.

They are smokey and tangy and juicy and just well....amazing.

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Ground pork generally has a pretty mild flavor, so I knew I wanted to jazz these up!  It also has many nutrients that are immune boosters - vitamin B6, zinc and selenium.

Iowa Pork has always been on my side, we've partnered together many times of the years.  They know I can come up with some yummy grub.

When they saw the idea for these Bacon & Bleu Pork Burgers - it was game on! We grilled them up on a Friday night after a long week and it was just the perfect ending.  We sat on our deck, enjoyed the weather, poured a cocktail and wiped the drool off our chins.

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And we haven't even talked about bacon {another pork favorite} and my homemade Russian dressing {which I prefer to eat by the spoonful} or the caramelized onions sauted to their ultimate sweetness.

I've been known to cook up a pound of bacon at the beginning of the week and keep it in the fridge to use in various ways throughout the week - BLT's, in breakfast burritos, in wraps and FOR THESE BURGERS.

I had cooked up my bacon earlier in the day, so I simple cut each strip in half and crossed them on top of these patties.  They held that bleu cheese perfectly.

And that dressing?  It's a mayo/ketchup combo, filled with tangy pickles and seasonings. If you love that "special sauce" on Big Macs, this is pretty similar.  Once you make it, you'll be slathering it on every burger from here on out.

And those onions? You cook them down to almost nothing and they are sweet and just incredible.

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I cannot wait for you to try these!

Make sure you grab some strong, sturdy hamburger buns at the grocery story {I used broiche here}, there is a lot of weight to these pork burgers!

Do me a favor - let me know how they turn out!  Pin them on Pinterest and share with your pork loving friends. I pretty much want everyone to see these and give them a chance.

A big thanks to Iowa Pork for sponsoring this post.

Bacon & Bleu Pork Burgers

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Bacon & Bleu Pork Burgers
Yield: 4 burgers
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Prep time: 25 MCook time: 16 MTotal time: 41 M
Mouthwatering bacon and bleu cheese flavors in this burger! Juicy, filling, creamy and oh, so delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 4 strips of cooked bacon
  • 4 slices Provolone cheese
  • 1 medium white onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup bleu cheese crumbles
  • 1 T sugar
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 t. salt
  • 1 t. pepper
Homemade Russian Dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. pepper

Instructions:

  1. To make the dressing: In a bowl mix together the mayo, ketchup, chopped pickles and seasonings.  Cover and keep in the fridge until ready to eat.
  2. Bring the olive oil in a skillet to medium-high heat.  Place in the diced onion and start to saute. Stir occasionally to prevent the onion from sticking.  Add in the sugar and 1 teaspoon of the salt, continuing to saute. You will want the onions to caramelize (turning brown), so continue to stir until the onions are very soft, brown and cooked down.  Remove from the heat, set aside.
  3. In a bowl combine the ground pork, 1/2 of the bleu cheese crumbles, the slightly cooled onions and the salt. Gently mix with your hands until incorporated.  Form the meat into a ball and score into 4 sections.
  4. Form the four sections into four burger patties.  Place on a plate to get ready to grill.
  5. Heat your grill to medium-high heat.  Grill the pork burgers for 7-8 minutes, then flip.  Allow to cook another 3-4 minutes.
  6. Place a slice of provolone onto each burger, followed by a strip of bacon (cut in half, lay cross-wise) and finally the remaining bleu cheese crumbles. Grill for another 3-4 minutes or until the pork reaches an internal temp of 160 and the cheeses are melted.
  7. Remove the pork burgers from the grill, place on a bun and top with a healthy dose of the homemade Russian dressing.  Serve immediately.
Calories
1458.65
Fat (grams)
133.94
Sat. Fat (grams)
35.05
Carbs (grams)
13.05
Fiber (grams)
0.70
Net carbs
12.35
Sugar (grams)
8.51
Protein (grams)
49.19
Sodium (milligrams)
2982.59
Cholesterol (grams)
208.81
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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Nutter Butter Delight

Calling all peanut butter fans!
This Nutter Butter Delight is simple and a crowd favorite.

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Are you a crunchy or smooth peanut butter fan?

I personally adore smooth. It's all my Mom bought growing up, so I'm guessing that is why. Although shove a spoonful of crunchy in my mouth and I most definitely wouldn't spit it out.

This dessert is FULL of all things peanut butter.  Cookies, the filling and the Reese's Pieces sprinkled on the top. It's down right blissful I might add.

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A few weeks back I was grocery shopping and came to the chip, candy, cookie aisle {super dangerous, but at the same time it produced this recipe, so you're welcome} and I came upon Nutter Butters.

Now Nutter Butters are not a cookie I grew up eating. At least I don't remember ever eating them. But I will tell you this it is not because I don't like them!  I remember having them at school functions and at friend's houses so let me tell you I was very aware of their greatness.

My mind immediately went to a cold, pudding-filled dessert layered with cookies.

I have no idea why, but this is how my food blogger brain works.

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I just KNEW that these cookies layered in a creamy, cold Summery dessert would be fantastic.  Therefore I grabbed two packages, came home and promptly hid them in an upper cabinet out of reach.

The kids and husband noticed them the next day.

My hiding abilities apparently were slacking, but thankfully they shouted about them and I heard it and came running.

Strict orders were given TO NOT EAT THE COOKIES.  Surprisingly they listened.

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Finally, much to their amusement I got my butt in gear and made this Nutter Butter Delight {in between pricing garage sale items for next weekend, planning out our short vacay this weekend and the normal laundry, meals, keeping track of kids routine}.

The very hardest part of this dessert is waiting for it to CHILL.

Trust me when I say you can put it together in 10 minutes.  No kidding, just 10 minutes.  But it does need to sit tight in the fridge to get those cookies a bit soft and to let the pudding mingle in around the pan.

It's hard, but worth it.

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An absolute perfect dessert to bring to any gathering! People will go bananas for it and will most definitely ask for the recipe link {please send them my way!}.

You could also chop up Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and layer them on the top - that'd be fantastic.  Or any of the extra Nutter Butter's you may have on hand. Even leave plain on top!  All things work. Most importantly, make sure you have enough plates, spoons, forks and napkins on hand.  This stuff is incredible.

And addicting.

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Tag me on social media {@sweetsavoryeats} or pin this recipe to your Pinterest page.  All of these things help my website and let me continue offering free recipes each and every week.

Whose going to dig in and make this Nutter Butter Delight?

Nutter Butter Delight

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Nutter Butter Delight
Yield: 18
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Prep time: 10 MCook time: 4 hourTotal time: 4 H & 10 M
A creamy, cool, peanut buttery dessert! Nutter Butter cookies are layered between a pudding, whipping topping and peanut butter combo. Topped with Reese's Pieces of course!

Ingredients:

  • 48 Nutter Butter cookies (two packages)
  • 1 3.4 oz box instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 8 oz Cool Whip whipped topping
  • 1/2 cup Reese's Pieces, for sprinkling

Instructions:

  1. Line the bottom of a 9x13 baking pan with half of the Nutter Butter cookies in a single layer/rows and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the instant pudding mix with 2 cups of cold milk.  Whisk until a soft pudding forms (this takes about 5 minutes).
  3. Whisk in the peanut butter until smooth.
  4. Gently fold in the Cool Whip topping.  Layer on half of this mixture onto the Nutter Butter cookies.
  5. Lay on the remaining Nutter Butter cookies and the remaining Cool Whip mixture.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  7. Before serving sprinkle on the Reese's Pieces.  
  8. Keep this dessert in the fridge covered.  It will keep for a few days!

Notes:

***Note - it is not a "cook" time, but will need at least 4 hours to set up in the fridge.
Calories
484.86
Fat (grams)
22.19
Sat. Fat (grams)
13.28
Carbs (grams)
65.01
Fiber (grams)
1.00
Net carbs
64.01
Sugar (grams)
23.37
Protein (grams)
7.53
Sodium (milligrams)
279.90
Cholesterol (grams)
95.85
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