Saturday, May 26, 2012

easy appetizer for the long weekend: creamy baked salsa dip


One of the perks of having a popular blog is that every so often I am offered special food items to try with my family. Most recently, I received a few jars of 365 brand salsas from Whole Foods.  Being asked if I would share these salsas with my family and let them know what I thought did not take much arm twisting since I am a frequent shopper at, and big fan of, Whole Foods Market.... and I love salsa. 



If I were only cooking for me, the hotter the salsa the better! (But let's be serious, when am I ever only cooking for me?!) Since I was making a dip to be shared with family and friends this Memorial Day weekend, I opted to use the mild 365 brand Roasted Chipotle in this super easy appetizer. You all know that I am all about short ingredient lists, and quick assembly... and if something can be made ahead so I can sit and enjoy my family and/or guests, even better! So, without further adieu, let me share this "oldie but goodie" dip from my recipe binders.   

Creamy Baked Salsa Dip

4 oz log goat cheese
8 oz brick cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese
16 oz jar salsa (I used 365 brand Roasted Chipotle variety)
1/4 cup raw pine nuts
tortilla chips, pita chips or your favorite cracker

Preheat oven to 350. Soften cheeses a bit, and blend together. Spread half of the cheese mixture in a baking dish. Smother with salsa. Dollop the remaining cheese mixture on top of the salsa. Sprinkle with pine nuts. Pop dish into oven and bake until heated through (about 10-15 minutes). Serve warm with your favorite tortilla chips, pita chips or crackers. 


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