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Skinny Bacon Jalapeno Popper Dip

Adapted from Isabelle at home and Moore or Less Cooking Blog … I “skinnied” it up a bit and added a Gluten Free option.

Skinny Bacon Jalapeno Popper Dip ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #appetizer #recipe

Lately at my weekly Sumptuous Saturdays parties on facebook, we’ve been working our way through the alphabet and last week’s letter was J. As you can imagine, there were lots of Jalapenos at our “J” party and there were two, yes TWO, jalapeno popper dips.

As I am a HUGE fan of jalapeno poppers and pretty much all things cheesy (especially when hot peppers are involved!), I couldn’t resist trying this deliciousness. I started with Isabelle at home‘s recipe and then had to reference Moore or Less Cooking Blog‘s recipe as I went (to see if there were more good ideas to incorporate … and indeed, there were!) I had to try to skinny up the recipe because while I love a good cheesy dip, I hate feeling like crap after I eat it. So I called on my old standby Greek yogurt to help me out, along with some Greek yogurt cream cheese. I reduced the cheddar cheese (just a bit!) and used my homemade whole wheat bread crumbs for the top.

Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese

The dip turned out all hot and spicy (because I used 4 Tablespoons of jalapeno–feel free to scale down the jalapeno if you don’t like things too spicy), really good and cheesy, but it was a little difficult to get the chips to break through the crunchy cheesy top. You need a good sturdy chip, or maybe a veggie (celery stick, perhaps?) for that job. Once you’ve broken through, the dip underneath is all creamy and soft and quite dippable. Just make sure you  have a sturdier chip, or some crackers or veggies (no thin, wimpy chips) to enjoy with this dip. Or you could skip the topping and go with the creamy cheesy jalapeno part all on its own, but the crunchy top is what makes it more like a true “popper”.

Skinny Bacon Jalapeno Popper Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: About 1 1/2 - 2 cups of dip

Skinny Bacon Jalapeno Popper Dip

Ingredients

    For the dip:
  • 1 8-oz. package of Greek yogurt cream cheese (or Neufchatel cheese), softened
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 - 4 Tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 cup snipped green onion
  • 1 slice of lean bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 3/4 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • For the top:
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs (for a GF dip, use Gluten free breadcrumbs)
  • 1/4 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together all the dip ingredients until well mixed. Start with 1 Tablespoon of jalapeno and add more to taste. Keep in mind: it will get hotter over time as the hot peppers infuse into the cheeses. Put the dip into an oven-proof bowl or small casserole.
  2. In a separate bowl, toss together the breadcrumbs with the shredded cheese. Sprinkle the topping over the dip. Bake at 350 for 20 - 30 minutes or until the cheeses are melted and the top looks nicely browned and crunchy.
  3. Serve with crackers, crunchy toasted bread rounds, veggies and/or chips. I suggest providing a small butter knife to "break through" the crunchy topping and help spread it on the cracker or chip.

Notes

I haven't tried it, but I think this would also work well in a small dip-size crockpot.

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Skinny Bacon Jalapeno Popper Dip ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #appetizer #recipe

This recipe was shared at Munching Mondays, Tuesday’s Table and Treasure Box Tuesday.

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4 Responses

  1. NICE! I love it! yum yum yum! and light too!

    March 2, 2014 at 11:11 am

    • Ann

      Thanks for the inspiration, Isabelle! :)

      March 2, 2014 at 12:45 pm

  2. Looks amazing <3 so happy you liked my recipe <3 Nettie <3

    March 2, 2014 at 1:56 pm

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