Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cream Cheese & Dried Beef Dip


Cream Cheese & Dried Beef Dip


I don't even know what the official name of this recipe is, but I know I love it.  One of my colleagues at Clive Elementary makes this once or twice a year for various staff luncheons, birthdays, what have you.  She brings a huge bowl of the stuff alongside a huge bowl of bagel pieces that she has lovingly cut into bite-sized pieces for us to devour over the course of the day.  And devour it we do.

I finally got the recipe and made it myself, and oh my goodness.  I need to limit myself to once or twice a year with this recipe too, because it's addicting.  One recipe is plenty, but if you're making it for a crowd, I suggest making a recipe and a half.  That way, you ensure leftovers for yourself.  What you see pictured above is actually a half recipe.

Cream Cheese and Dried Beef Dip

Ingredients:
  • 2 packages cream cheese (8 oz. each)
  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dry dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt, but garlic POWDER)
  • 1 (5 oz.) jar Hormel dried beef*, chopped up
  • 6-8 plain bagels, sliced and cut into 8ths or 12ths.
Instructions:
Mix the first five ingredients together, refrigerate, and serve with bagels.

*Dried beef is also sold in 2.5 oz. packages in the prepackaged deli meat section of some grocery stores.

Just so you know what you're looking for in the store.


17 comments:

  1. add container of blue cheese really good cheese ball.

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  2. I added chopped green onion...so good!

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    1. Mmmm... good call on the chopped green onion. I'll have to try that next time I make this.

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  3. The original recipe for this can be found in the 1979 Pillsbury Cookbook. Since Pillsbury and Hormel are both Minnesota companies, the recipe would have to be designated as Minnesotan. I'm surprised at the variation found here; I consider myself an appetizer historian.

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    1. Wow! Thanks for that information, and what are the changes from the original recipe? What other interesting tidbits can you share about appetizers?

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  4. Best with green onion and 1 tablespoon of prepared horseradish folded in

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  5. Best with green onion to taste and one tablespoon of prepared horseradish folded in!

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  6. how much green onion should you add if include that in the recipe? thanks all

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    1. Hmm. If it were me adding green onion, I'd start with maybe a tablespoon or so of very thinly sliced green onion, taste it, and keep adding more until it tasted the way I wanted it to.

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  7. I use cream cheese and green onions, but add a can of mushrooms (drained and chopped) and a can of chopped black olives (drained) and use Accent Salt to taste. Yummy!!! Can also roll in flour tortilla and cut for pinwheels.

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  8. This recipe is gross. Made it and we threw it out. All we tasted was a mouthful of sour cream and cream cheese!

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    1. Wow. I'm curious to know if you made the recipe and served it as indicated in the recipe or if you made any alterations in ingredients or what you ate it with. And if you do not normally like things like cream cheese and sour cream, then maybe this just wasn't the recipe for you. Please let me know as it bums me out when people make such strong negative statements on my personal blog. Thanks!

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  9. We make a cream cheese spread titled Arizona Dip with radishes, green onions and dried beef. It is pretty at Christmas, but we make it year round and serve with veggies and crackers

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  10. My first taste of this was in Illinois at a party...over 30 years ago, so I know it has been around for a long time...many variations, and the blue cheese with the chipped beef is good. I like it with the green onion, or minced onion. Since the dried beef is so salty, I would avoid adding any more salt, unless you are a saltaholic... :)

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  11. I love this recipe..It's so addictive. I had it for the first time at my son baseball party. I fell in love with it..

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  12. Make sure you rinse the chipped beef before chopping it's the difference between delicious and a salt lick, i cut back the sour cream as preference and add 2-3 minced green onions. Very good

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