Hot Corn and Cheese Dip

I’m borderline obsessed with chips and dip.  I love hot dips especially, each and every one, and I have been known to make meals out of chips and dip on occasion.  I have a thing for “game day” snack foods even though I don’t watch any games.  Go figure. Well, baseball is the exception….but pig-out sessions are usually associated more with football games.  Instead of football, I have been known to throw “Revenge” parties on Sundays.  Yes, Revenge parties….you did hear me right.  If you don’t know what Revenge is please get with the program.  Just teasing, but really – it’s the best show on TV right now.  Fact.  These particular parties are parties of two but that’s OK.   Mr. Wishes and I count down the days to the one hour a week that our show comes on and we are not ashamed.

So definitely give this dip a try – it’s a little bit of work (not just a dump and mix kind of dip) but it’s well worth every minute of “slaving”.  If you think about it, it can even be deemed as healthy because there’s nothing really bad in it for you.  Well, let’s pretend cheese is all healthy for you.  I’d like to think all the veggies in this dip cancel out the fattening cheese.  I even substituted the mayonnaise with Greek yogurt which is healthy for you and super high in protein.  There ya have it!  A healthy game day (or Revenge day) dip to pig out on free of guilt.  Mr. Hard-To-Please Wishes has been requesting I make this again ever since he first experienced it.

Hot Corn and Cheese Dip .  Perfect for game day (football, baseball, whatever)!

Hot Corn and Cheese Dip .  Perfect for game day (football, baseball, whatever)!  Oh, and it's kind of healthy.

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
3½ cups corn kernels (from about 4 ears of fresh corn, or 16 ounces frozen corn, thawed, drained and patted dry)
½ teaspoon salt
Pinch ground black pepper
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion (about 1 small to medium onion)
½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper (about ½ a pepper)
¼ cup finely chopped green onions (about 1 bunch)
1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup mayonnaise (I substituted Greek yogurt)
Pinch cayenne pepper
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, divided
4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, divided
Tortilla chips, for dipping

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the corn, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the kernels turn deep golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in the skillet. Add the onions and bell peppers and cook, stirring often, until the onions are wilted, about 2 minutes. Add the green onions, jalapeno, and garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened. Transfer to the bowl with the corn.

Add the mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt), half of the cheddar cheese, half of the Monterey Jack cheese, and the cayenne and mix well to combine. Pour into an 8-inch square or other 1 to 2-quart size baking dish and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Bake until bubbly and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Serve hot with tortilla chips.

Recipe source:  foodnetwork.com (originally seen on Browneyedbaker.com)

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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, storms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has always been baseball. Go Yankees!

38 Responses to “Hot Corn and Cheese Dip”

  1. October 19, 2012 at 5:25 AM #

    I love love love hot dips! Haven’t had one in too long. I’ll have to give this a try! :)

  2. October 19, 2012 at 2:09 PM #

    i have a hard time controlling myself around dips – spinach dip, guacamole, hummus, crab dip, you name it. But this dip looks sensational! I would hoard the whole platter of it I swear. I can’t stop myself when it comes to dips. :) Ashley I love it, I need to try this on football sundays!

    • October 19, 2012 at 2:59 PM #

      Thanks, Sally! Glad I’m not the only one :)

  3. Kelly Nichols
    October 19, 2012 at 4:52 PM #

    Love dips for football season going to give this a whirl thanks Ashley

    • October 19, 2012 at 6:09 PM #

      I think you’ll like it! The toasted corn is amazing!

  4. Nick
    October 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM #

    Mr. Hard-To-Please? Also, I was not ashamed of my love of Revenge when nobody knew about it. Now that you announced it to the food-blogging world, it is a bit embarrassing.

    The dip though? The dip is amazing!

    • October 20, 2012 at 1:36 PM #

      Embrace your love for Revenge, honey :) NO shame there

  5. October 20, 2012 at 4:44 PM #

    This recipe looks so delicious, dips are always perfect for those savoury cravings! :)

  6. October 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM #

    Chips and dips are one of my weaknesses. This is such a great recipe thanks for sharing:)

    • October 21, 2012 at 3:59 PM #

      Thanks for commenting, Nancy!

  7. October 23, 2012 at 3:11 AM #

    YUM! This looks amazing. I will definitely pass this along too.

    • October 23, 2012 at 4:45 PM #

      Thanks, Christina!

  8. October 23, 2012 at 10:29 AM #

    Dips and I have a loving relationship. I can’t stop loving them, I mean. And no one ever gets a swipe at one with their chip because I will literally hoard the entire pan. This dip looks amazing!!

    • October 23, 2012 at 4:46 PM #

      Thanks, Hayley! Your comments always crack me up

  9. October 23, 2012 at 4:40 PM #

    I’m a dip freak. I could eat them for dinner.

    That said, this is one of my very favorite recipes. I haven’t made it since last year though. Must fix that!

    • October 23, 2012 at 4:45 PM #

      Thanks for commenting, Karly! Love your blog :)

  10. October 23, 2012 at 6:19 PM #

    we love dips as well!! and this sounds AMAZING! love it!

    • October 23, 2012 at 11:41 PM #

      Thanks, Jenn! Who doesn’t love dips? :)

  11. October 26, 2012 at 6:18 PM #

    I absolutely love hot dips, too — especially when they are cheesey! I’d be able to eat this all myself – it looks delicious!

    • October 27, 2012 at 1:20 PM #

      Thanks, Amy! Cheese makes everything so much better :)

  12. Danny
    November 4, 2012 at 7:25 AM #

    Ashley, I love this dip – it looks great and has such a wonderful blend of flavors! Love anything with corn :)

  13. November 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM #

    Mmm I am a huge fan of chips and dip too…and I LOVE the addition of corn! Corn is def one of my favorite vegetables and I love how you incorporate this into dip without making it Mexican (the only other way I’ve seen corn incorporated!)

    • November 6, 2012 at 12:13 PM #

      Thanks for the nice comment, Erika!

  14. Susan
    May 1, 2013 at 5:54 PM #

    I might add fresh cilantro!!

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