Who doesn’t love a juicy, cheesy jalapeño popper? I used to get them all the time when I worked at Sonic back in the day. Couple that with some ranch and holy moly. I wish I had the metabolism to handle that nowadays. This Jalapeño Popper Dip gives you all the flavor of the original thing, but in the form of a creamy, cheesy, slightly spicy condiment for your tortilla chip. Again, I’d love that metabolism back. 

jalapeño popper dip

I’ve seen TONS of variations of this recipe. Some use only ‘real’ jalapeños. Some use only canned jalapeños. Some use a combo. I use only the jarred goodies that are already diced. That way, I can refrigerate the rest for some other yummy concoction down the line.

jalapeño popper dip

I like a good, shallow oven-proof dish that allows for scooping without too much gettin’ on your chip. I like a good chip-to-dip ratio, you know what I mean? This Le Creuset lovely was on sale during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale for only $30. A steal if you know anything about Le Creuset!

jalapeño popper dip

This recipe can’t get any easier.

Let your cream cheese come to room temperature (no, you won’t get sick).

Put the cream cheese + mayo + shredded cheddar + grated Parmesan + diced jalapeños in a biggo bowl or mixer.

Whip everything together in a standing mixer fitted with a spatula paddle OR just whip it up with a hand mixer OR just get your elbow grease going and use a whisk.

jalapeño popper dip

Spread it all out in an even layer in your greased oven-proof dish.

jalapeño popper dip

Sprinkle on a combo of panko breadcrumbs + grated Parmesan.

Bake for 20 minutes.

jalapeño popper dip

Voila! I give you the ultimate party dip for your chip.


Jalapeño Popper Dip

1 8-oz. block cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
3/4 cup Parmesan, grated (divided – 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup)
4-oz. jarred, diced jalapeños, drained
1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs

Preheat the oven to 350.

Mix the cream cheese, mayo, cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan, and jalapeños in a bowl or in an electric mixer fitted with a spatula paddle. Pour into a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

Mix the Panko breadcrumbs and 1/4 cup Parmesan in a small bowl. Evenly sprinkle over the top of the dip.

Bake at 350 until the cheese is bubbling and the top is golden brown (about 20 minutes). Garnish with sliced jalapeños (optional). Serve warm or at room temperature with tortilla chips.

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On Saturday night, I got to have a girls’ night since Jon Boy was OOT at a bachelor party. I decided it was the perfect time to put together a charcuterie (meat + cheese) board since the ole Johnny Boy is pretty opposed to meals that consist of only finger foods. Not totally his jam.

charcuterie board

I bought everything on the board from H-E-B, and I even made a special appetizer (Whipped Feta + Marinated Cucumbers – recipe below) to go with it. Let me tell ya what I got from the old H-E-B:

Meats

Proscuitto di Parma | Charcuterie Trio Package (three kinds of salami: one red pepper, one red wine, and one peppered)

charcuterie board

Cheeses

Drunken Goat Cheese | Irish Cheddar | Cranberry Wensleydale | Dutch Gouda | Brie*

charcuterie board

Extras

Marinated Olives | Sliced Gala Apples | Pickled Okra* | Sweet Gherkin Pickles* | Sliced French Bread* | Bagel Chips* | Pita Chips* | Marcona Almonds*

charcuterie board

Everything with an * was not pictured, but was definitely consumed!

Before I get into the Whipped Feta + Marinated Cucumbers, lemme dish a little about some outfits and our weekend.

I FINALLY got to wear this gorgeous dress that I’ve been dying to wear for two months now! I went to a beautiful bridal shower for a sweet friend, and it seemed like the perfect occasion to bust out this little number. I’ve been looking for shoes to match for a while, and a friend suggested these Sam Edelman pumps (link below). They work perfetly, and I’ve actually worn them already to a few date nights! (Please ignore the dog toy in the pic – story of my life is tripping on dog + kid toys.)

Charles Henry Off the Shoulder Dress | Sam Edelman Patti Sandals

charles henry off the shoulder dress

I had to document two things about this picture: 1) I was wearing pants/shorts that had a zipper – instead of a stretchy waistband. 2) I was wearing my new Kendra Milla Necklace + earrings (not pictured). I just got them both for 50% off at my fave boutique – Magpie’s Gifts in Cypress.

kendra scott maxwell

Sundays are for Snapchats. And snuggles. Lots of snuggles.

snapchat

Anytime I hold my phone up now, this guy screams, “Dog! Dog! Dog!” until I open up Snapchat or Instagram and get a pic like this one. I have no less than 820 at this very moment.

snapchat

My birthday is on Wednesday of this week, and my sweet Mama surprised me with some GORGEOUS flowers!! They kicked the tail off the little $4 bundle I just got at H-E-B, so they’ll be front-and-center for a week or so. I looooove fresh flowers and these especially are so full and beautiful!

birthday flowers

Now let’s talk turkey… or cheese. Whatever. I made this Whipped Feta + Marinated Cucumbers that I found in a Food + Wine magazine. It was ridiculously simple (I made it all ahead of time), and it was by far the biggest hit of the whole charcuterie board!

charcuterie board
Here’s the simple method for makin’ this easy appetizer that’ll make you look like a Fancy Pants Cheese Maker:

First, take ya some good Feta cheese (the whole block – not the pre-crumbled kind). Throw in some cream cheese and whip ‘er up. If you don’t have a stand mixer, just use a hand mixer.

whipped feta

Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice.

whipped feta

Add some heavy cream + EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil).

whipped feta

Whip ‘er up again until it’s smooth (notice I had to change the mixing blade – definitely use one with a rubber spatula). Move to a smaller dish and refrigerate for at least an hour and up to a day before serving.

whipped feta

Now for the Marinated Cucumbers. Cut up an seedless/English cucumber. You can cut the pieces as small as you’d like – I like them to be bite-sized.

marinated cucumbers

Throw in some herby fresh oregano.

marinated cucumbers

Add some lemon juice + EVOO. Season with S&P.

marinated cucumbers

Throw a lid on the bowl and shake-a-shake-a-shake until everything’s good and mixed. Throw it in the fridge for at least an hour and up to 2 days.

marinated cucumbers

What are your favorite things to have on your charcuterie boards?

charcuterie board


Whipped Feta + Marinated Cucumbers

Whipped Feta
8-oz. feta cheese block
2 tbs. cream cheese, softened
1 tbs. heavy cream
2 tbs. EVOO
Juice of 1/2 a lemon

In a standing mixer using a paddle attachment, whip together the feta cheese and cream cheese until smooth. Add in the heavy cream, EVOO, and lemon juice. Whip until everything is combined. Remove and store in an airtight container in the fridge for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

Drizzle the feta with EVOO just before serving.

Marinated Cucumbers
1 seedless (English) cucumber, chopped into bite-sized pieces or smaller
2 tbs. EVOO
1 tbs. fresh oregano, chopped
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Pinch of Kosher salt
1/8 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper

Place all ingredients in a large glass Tupperware that has a lid. Cover with the lid and shake until all ingredients are combined. Store in the fridge for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.

Serve with bagel or pita chips.

Adapted via Food and Wine