Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Down...Set...Munch! Munch! Munch!

You can take what I know about football, put it into a thimble and have room for your finger! This goes for just about any sport, except competitive food challenges--that's a sport, right? I have never been a fan of sports, tried bowling on a league when I was in 5th grade and that was a disaster. I also played baseball as a kid, that was a disaster, too. Sports just don't get me all riled up. My Dad loves boxing, and baseball, my sister is an absolute freak about Monday night football, and the sports in which her children compete. For me, I just go to these football parties to talk to the other people who could care less and are forced to go along with those that do, and eat the food. There are some great snacks at football watch parties.

One of my most favorite snacks is this corn dip. I can't tell you how delicious this thing is, but I'll try: It's delicious! I found this dip at a Christmas party last year and nearly embarrassed myself eating it. One should not walk around Christmas parties, at fancy houses, cuddling the shiny bowl of corn dip as the bag of Doritos Scoops dangle from your fingers. Ok, so I didn't actually do that, but it was close to that--very close to that.

Here's the line up (sounds footbal
ly doesn't it?):

  • 15oz can of Mexi-Corn (some places call it fiesta corn) You can substitute frozen, fiesta corn thawed if you have that.
  • 15oz can of White Corn (shoe peg corn) Again, you can use frozen white corn thawed.
  • 4 oz can of Green Chilies. If you want this hot, you can use chopped jalapenos, but I'm a hot wimp.
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions (I used about 4 stalks of green onion)
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise (the real stuff). I really love the new Kraft mayo made with Olive Oil, give it a try it's really good.
  • 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese. I only had Cheddar-Jack on hand, but you can use fresh grated, Pepper jack, any shredded cheese you like.
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt. I always add more Lawry's after mixing, but you may find this to be all you need.
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Cracked Pepper
Chopping the green onions is the most strenuous part of this project. Unless you feel the compulsion to grate your own cheese. I've seen already chopped green onion in the refrigerated section of my produce aisle, so I guess you could buy that. Then the only hard thing is stirring--pray you don't cramp up.
So place everything in a large bowl (not your serving bowl). Stir it well to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning to suit your personal taste. I usually add the Corn (did I tell you to drain the corn? I don't think I did...Drain the corn), chillies, green onions, cheese, then seasonings, finally adding the mayo and sour cream. Stir it really well.

After you have accomplished all of this place it in a pretty bowl. I have this really cool oval shaped tulip bowl, Kendra and I got when we married and I really love it. It's heavy duty, but very pretty and useful for our parties.
I usually add more cheese to the top and green onions, but I forgot to save any green onions out so I just had to use the cheese. You can serve this right away or chill it (even over night) it's good either way.
I would recommend using the scoops, or the big Fritos would be good too. If you wanted to make this fancier, you could put scoops on a serving platter, then portion out the dip into the individual scoops and garnish each one with some cheese and green onion (or, two crossed chive stalks if you really want to make this dip fancy). They probably wouldn't hold up for long, so you would want to do it fairly near the party.

You might just find yourself eating this for the closet where no one can find you and where the clothes will hide the moans of delight.

P.S. I think black olives would be good in this dip, chopped olives. If you give it a try let me know. We don't keep those puppies in our house, no reason, just don't use them.


Memaw's memories said...

Sounds great. I've been making a corn salad. I may have already told you about it. It's a Paula Deen Recipe.

I'm going to try this corn dip recipe. I love whole crunchy corn.

sherri (Tied Up In Ribbons) said...

lookin' good.