Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Creamy Hoagie Dip

Hoagie dip isn't a new concept.  You basically take your fav Italian sub (aka hoagie) fixings, chop em all up, and use mayo as a loose binder to create a meaty bruchetta topping.  I was craving something creamy and particularly fattening because I didn't get fat enough over Thanksgiving so I decided to change up the traditional recipe a little.  Whew.  I'm tired. 

The outcome was very, very good, but I ate far, far too much, much.  I could cry just thinking about it.  DAMN IT.  I'll be working on my fitness extra hard this week, man.

1 Block of Cream Cheese, room temp 
1/3 Cup of Mayo 
1/3 Cup of Sour Cream 
1 Tsp of Dried Italian Seasoning 
1 Tbs of Dried Red Pepper Flakes  
1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder 
1/2 Tsp of White Pepper 
1/2 Cup of Pappadew Peppers, Chopped* 
1/2 Lb Salami, thick cut, chopped 
1/4 Lb Mortadella, chopped 
1/4 Lb Capicola, chopped 
1/4 Lb Provolone, chopped 
1 Cup Shredded Iceberg Lettuce 
1/2 White Onion, chopped 
1/2 Cup Chopped Tomatoes 
2 Tbs of Quick & Easy Italian Dressing*

Blend the cream cheese, mayo and sour cream together.  I blended it together in my stand mixer.  Add the seasonings and mix.  Add the rest of the ingredients, except the lettuce, onion, tomato and Italian dressing and mix again.  Taste and adjust, if needed.  Pour dip into a shallow dish and let it mellow in the fridge for 2-3 hours so all of the flavors meld.  You can make this a day ahead of time.  Before serving, let the dip sit out on the counter for 30 minutes.  Top with lettuce, onion, and tomatoes.  Drizzle some of your favorite Italian dressing on top and serve with a good, crusty baguette.  You could also serve it in a bread bowl if you wanna be all crazy like that. 

*If you can't find pappadew peppers, you can substitute roasted red peppers, pimentos, or pepperoncini. 
*Quick & Easy Italian Dressing: 2 Tbs of Olive Oil, 1 Tbs of Red Wine Vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.  Don't skip the dressing!  The vinegar adds the right amount of kick and acid to cut through the creamy dip.  

Try it peeps.  It's DAHLICIOUS, DAHLING.  Stay hungry! 

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