Okay put that first thought you had on hold, this post is about food.. come’ on people! Of course if Johnny Depp had returned my calls about MANuary we could have gone in a whole new direction with this one. Alas, it was not to be. So we will rebound with SNACKS! And because we have ALL stuck with our resolutions this year we’ll make those snacks a bit more “skinny” with the help of Frito-Lay and my mad kitchen ninja skills. Thus the “Skinny” Dipping (punny aren’t I?)
(stay tuned to the end of the post for details)
First we’ll head south of the border for my childhood comfort food with a twist.
Tasty Tamale Dip
1 8oz package low-fat cream cheese (room temp)
1 cup low-fat Mexican cheese blend (shredded) -reserve 1/4 cup for topping
1 can diced green chilies
2 tablespoons reduced sodium taco seasoning
1/2 cup green olives (sliced)
Hot sauce to taste (after all some like it hot)
Low fat sour cream and shredded lettuce for garnish (optional)
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor or medium sized bowl, combine all ingredients (accept reserved 1/4 cup of cheese) until well mixed. Place in a baking dish (I used a fun Mexican pottery dish). Top with reserved cheese and bake for 15 minutes or until bubbly. Garnish as desired
Now here is the MOST IMPORTANT part. A tamale is a wonderful stuffed corn meal concoction that warms your belly and takes you to Mexico.. so you must have corn! How do we do that? By dipping Fritos Scoops into the warm cheesy goodness. Trust me it’s really good and a heck of a lot less work than an actual tamale!
Next we take a trip to Italy.. alright maybe it’s just a new take on an old dip but doesn’t a trip to Italy sound great?
2-3 Roma tomatoes (diced)
1-2 gloves of garlic (minced) the amount of garlic increases the “heat”
6-8 leaves basil (FRESH, chopped)
1/2 cup onion (chopped)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 cup olives (chopped) I use Greek but you can choose your favorite
1/4 cup Pine Nuts (toasted)
1/4 teaspoon Anchovy paste (optional)
cracked black pepper and sea salt to taste
EASY PEASY PREP! Combine all ingredients accept oil, lemon zest and anchovy paste (if using) in a medium sized bowl. Add lemon and paste to the oil and stir until combined, pour over salsa mix and combine. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes prior to serving. We noshed on these with Tostitos Scoops.. it was like an Italian taco salad!
Now that you’re all hungry and stuff how about we set you up with some Frito-Lay snacks and say $100 DOLLARS (in the form of an Amex gift card) to host a killer Super Bowl party or an out of this world snack fest? One lucky Nuggetier (aka reader) will win this fabu prize! And how you say? I’ll tell ya.
Required for entry:
Visit the Snack Chat blog (which is a treat in itself). Follow Frito-Lay on Twitter (@FritoLay) and come join me as a Frito-Lay fan on Facebook…it’s fun, trust me! Come back here and leave me a comment telling me you did this and what your all time FAVORITE game day snack is (If you don’t dig football, don’t tell me. I’d have to not like you and neither of us want that, ha ha).
Want ONE more entry? Follow me on Twitter and tweet this:
“I’m going “skinny” dipping w/@DipaolaMomma to #win $100 & snacks from @FritoLay http://bit.ly/e1veIW ”
MAX of two entries per person. Contest ends January 31, 2011 at 10 pm (est). Winner will be chosen by random number generation and notified via email on or about February 2, 2011
This is post was not sponsored by Frito-Lay however I was provided with monetary compensation in exchange for creating the ORIGINAL recipes featured in this piece. Prizes are being provided by a third party.