Recipes, Small Bites

Festive Italian Dip

Creamy, spicy, addictive sausage dip that takes just minutes to throw together.

This dip is so good, it will be the hit of the party! Honestly you can even serve this dip mixed with pasta and have a hearty pasta dinner! There is so much packed into this dip, from the spicy Italian sausage to the gooey cream cheese!

The base for this dip is Hot Italian sausage. Don’t worry if spicy food isn’t your thing, this sausage honestly isn’t very spicy, it adds a nice flavor punch. Plus, paired with the cream cheese, it all balances out perfectly. I started by cooking the sausage in a large skillet. Once the sausage was cooked, I transferred it to a plate lined with a paper towel to soak up some of the grease. Cutting out some extra fat. 

Next, I wiped the same skillet clean, getting rid of some of the sausage grease but not all of it. Sauté up some onions, red peppers, tomatoes and garlic. Oh and add in a little Italian seasoning for good measure. And don’t forget the… WINE! I used Scout and Cellar Field House Chardonnay. It adds a zesty flavor!

Roughly chop up some baby spinach, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Honestly I just grab a handful from the bag, throw it on the cutting board and run my knife over it a few times, making sure there are no huge pieces. I used the whole 6 ounce bag of baby spinach. 

Then grab the cream cheese. I cut mine into four squares so it melts quickly. Make sure to grab the shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese too. Add all that cheese right into the skillet and stir. 

At this point I strongly encourage you to grab a spoon and taste! Mmmmmm!

Now, pour the mixture in a casserole dish. Sprinkle some more cheese on top, cover the whole top!

Bake it to perfection until the cheese is golden brown and the sides are bubbly. Your kitchen will smell like heaven! Serve with a baguette or crackers.

So let’s get cooking! 

Ingredients 

  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 pound hot Italian ground sausage
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 6-oz package fresh spinach, rough chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions 

Preheat the oven to 375 F degrees. 

In a bowl, mix together the two cheeses and set aside. 

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the sausage. Once cooked, remove from the skillet and place on a plate lined with a paper towel. 

Using a paper towel, wipe the skillet clean and saute the onions and red pepper in the same skillet, for 3-5 minutes, until translucent. 

Stir in tomatoes, and Italian seasoning; cook for 1 minute. 

Add the cooked sausage back to the skillet and stir to combine, cook together for 2 minutes. 

Stir in wine; cook 2 minutes or until liquid has almost completely evaporated.

Stir in spinach and salt, and cook for 2 minutes or until spinach is slightly wilted. 

Reduce heat to medium; add cream cheese and 1 cup of the shredded cheese mixture. 

Cook and stir mixture until cheese is melted.

Pour mixture into a 2-qt. baking dish; sprinkle with the rest of the cheeses.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or cheese is bubbly and golden brown. 

Serve with crostini or crackers.

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On the Side, Recipes

Chipotle Sweet Potato Mash

Here’s a great twist for your Thanksgiving sweet potatoes or if you love sweet potatoes as much as I do you can whip these up anytime of the year!

I love sweet and savory flavors, and these chipotle sweet potatoes totally hit the spot. You have the sweetness of the sweet potatoes balanced by the smoky heat of the chipotle chiles. You can make these as spicy as you like, just add more or less of the chipotle. 

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes (6 potatoes)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoon minced chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, with seeds, I used Goya
  • 2 tablespoon adobo sauce (from the can of chiles)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Parsley, chopped

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Chop sweet potatoes into chunks, nothing too specific because you are just going to end up mashing them later.

Place them onto the prepared baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper. 

Roast for 15 minutes, take out of the oven and flip the potatoes over. Sprinkle the potatoes with salt and pepper.

Roast for 30 minutes to 1 hour, until very tender inside when tested with a knife. 

Place the potatoes in the bowl, and half of the butter. Mash the potatoes. 

While the potatoes cook, place the milk, cream, garlic powder, chipotle chile, and adobo sauce in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, whisk, lower the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes while whisking. 

You can use a hand held mixer or a good ole wooden spoon for this part. If using a mixer place on low speed, add the chipotle-milk mixture to the sweet potatoes. 

Add the maple syrup, rest of butter, and 1 tablespoon salt. Mix until the potatoes are coarsely pureed. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and parsley.

Blogs, Recipes

Mushroom Leek Stir Fry

I recently had an abundance of leeks and asked my friends to give me some recipe ideas. My friend, Natasha suggested Stir fry and I am so glad she did!! This recipe was inspired by the Food & Wine Stir Fry recipe, Natasha shared with me.

This is one of those dishes that is unbelievably simple and super tasty. I love spicy Asian food! So when I found this chili paste, Dragon Fly Fried Chili Paste at my local Asian market, I fell in love! It is absolutely delicious but be careful it is SPICY! A ½ teaspoon gives you the perfect amount of heat! If you like your food spicier then by all means add a full teaspoon. 

You can eat this stir fry alone or over rice. I served it alongside Chicken thighs and a side of brown rice.  

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 10 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced 
  • 1 large leek, white and tender green parts only, thinly sliced
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 4  garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese chile paste, II love DragonFly Fried Chili Paste

Instructions

Heat a large skillet. 

Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, tilting to coat the skillet. 

Add the mushrooms and onions,  stir-fry over high heat until golden, about 8 minutes. 

Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. 

Add the leek, garlic and ginger and stir-fry until the leek is tender, about 2 minutes. 

Add the soy sauce, sesame oil and chile paste and stir-fry for 1 minute. 

Serve.