What else does one do on a hot and humid summer's day but hunker down for a cut throat game of Dino-opoly? Yes, you read that correctly. No more Park Place or Marvin Avenue. Nope, my kids were buying up Giganotosaurus, Sauroposeidon and Triceratops at a rate that would make any paleontologist drop his pickax in awe. Dodging the "Nearly Extinct" square (that's "Jail" to us old foagies) is enough to make any young gamer or spectator hungry. That's when I pulled out my blender and whipped up this jalapeno and tomato cream cheese dip in about 10 minutes flat. Okay, maybe large, sauce-drenched ribs would have been more appropriate for my little Dino-opolists, but I was looking for something quick and easy.
This dip isn't thick, so make sure you serve it with large tortilla chips. Raw veggies would work well, too. Actually, I will make a full confession. I used a spoon to scoop the dregs straight into my mouth. It was that good.
Heat olive oil in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat. Add jalapenos and garlic, and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
In the pitcher of a blender, add jalapeno mixture, cream cheese, tomato, red bell pepper, smoked paprika and salt. Blend until smooth. Taste and season with additional salt, if necessary.
Serve with tortilla cheese or raw vegetables.
Other cream cheese dips and spreads:
Whipped Pesto Cream Cheese Spread
Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Cream Cheese Spread
Smoky Jalapeno & Tomato Cream Cheese Dip Recipe
- 2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 large jalapeno pepper membranes and seeds removed (as desired for heat), finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 12 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 1 medium tomato cored & cut into 8 wedges
- ½ large red bell pepper diced
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
- Heat olive oil in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat. Add jalapenos and garlic and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- In the pitcher of a blender, add jalapeno mixture, cream cheese, tomato, red bell pepper, smoked paprika and salt. Blend until smooth. Taste and season with additional salt, if necessary.
- Serve with tortilla cheese or raw vegetables.
I like to use my blender to blend up my flan ingredients. Easy peasy.
Favourite way to use a blender??? Smoothies, of course. We have them every weekend, if not more frequently. Our current blender sees a lot of use, we could always use another!
when will we know who won??
I would use my blender mostly for smoothies ... if I had one.
Sign me up ... Peggy (fellow Canuck in the states)
I love my k-tec blender!!! Mine is part of my bread mixer. I would LOVE to have the blender alone. I use it every day to make green smoothies just in case I don't have anything else green that day! 2 T. Nano Greens, 1 banana, crushed ice to desired texture, 1 c. spinach, 2 cups pineapple, orange, guava juice. YUM!
I have to say I made this today and it was not spicy. I used a whole jalepeno and would use 2-3 next time I make this. We had to add a bunch of Franks hot sauce to get a kick and then it was fantastic. We used it on our burgers we grilled and we dipped carrots and celery.
Dara (Cookin' Canuck)
Barbara, this definitely just gives the flavor of the jalapenos, rather than the heat. If others want more heat, definitely leave in the seeds and membranes and, as Barbara suggested, using more jalapenos (or hot sauce).
I have always wanted to try a blendtec for green smoothies, soups and ice cream. Hoping I am lucky!! 🙂
Awesome giveaway!!! I liked your and Blendtec's pages on Facebook. Hope I win so I can make yummy good for my family
I've heard you can make soup in the Blendtec! Sounds fun!
I liked Blendtec on Facebook.