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I have something on my heart to share with you today but it is a little deep so I’m going to put it at the bottom of the post instead of the top. In it’s place waaaay up here at the beginning is a recipe for a cheesy baked vidalia dip that will have your stomach growling and your tongue wagging!
This stuff is ooey, gooey, cheesy to a whole new level, and the flavorful bites of sweet onion take all of that to new heights. Oh how I love this dip. I could eat it til I was sick off of it, it’s so good.
I first had this at a football party a decade or so ago. I know a lot of people really enjoy watching football and I try to support that by hanging out in the kitchen to leave more room for them around the tv. The hostess had just taken it out of the oven and it was just a bubbling so nicely on top of a folded up dishtowel. I asked her what it was and she immediately started telling me the recipe. I dipped a corn chip into it and decided to keep that bubbly dish company for a little while :).
There are all sorts of recipes with all sorts of ingredients out there for this amazingly delicious dip, but I just streamlined and put together what was needed to make it. In a world that strives to make everything ten times more complicated than it needs to be, I prefer to simplify things whenever possible. Here is my recipe for Cheesy Baked Vidalia Dip in all of it’s four ingredient glory. If you’re gonna have folks gathering around a tv this weekend, this gooey cheesy deliciousness is guaranteed to be a hit!
You’ll need: Mayo, Mozzarella and Cheddar Cheese, Cream Cheese, and some sweet onions.
Ideally, you’d like Vidalia onions but they don’t come into season until late spring so just get a sweet yellow onion and you’ll be just fine.
About cheese: Okay, I know the pre-shredded stuff is handy to have and I’m a HUGE fan of it BUT for this recipe to be it’s ooiest and gooiest, you gotta get a block of cheese and shred it yourself at home. Pre-shredded is coated in anti caking agents to prevent it from clumping and that prevents it from melting together completely when you bake it as well. HOWEVER, if you just really don’t want to shred your cheese for this or if you already have preshredded on hand and don’t want to spend extra money, go ahead and use it and it’ll be just fine. I just wanted to throw that little tip out there and let you know that I shred it fresh for this when I make it – in most cases.
And y’all know I don’t like mayo so if you don’t like mayo, don’t worry because you don’t really taste it in this. Please try not to leave comments about how unSouthern I am for not liking mayo and football. I’m sure they’ll deport me any day now due to these things so I’m trying to enjoy what little time I have left here. ~sobs and pauses as she envisions being forced out of her beloved homeland by mayo wielding football fans~ Okay, over that, now let’s move on. ~grins~
You only need half of that brick of cream cheese so cut half of it up into little cubes and put into a large mixing bowl.
Place this in the microwave for 30-45 seconds just to soften it.
Chop up your onions until you’re tired of chopping up onions.
The ideal here would most likely be finely diced, but can you really see me sticking with it that long? You can use one of those little mini chopper things for this if you want.
This is my cream cheese after 45 seconds in the microwave.
I went to touch it lightly with my finger to see if it was soft and poked a big old hole in it because it was definitely soft!
Sidenote: I love smilies in posts. In fact, every time I finish a post, before I publish it, I have to go back and remove a bunch of smilies that I had just naturally typed while I was writing. Whenever I smile at something, I tend to put a smiley face in it, and that is FAR too many smilies to leave in a post. So whenever you see one smilie like this —> please know that there were originally more like this —-
Toss your onions on top of your cream cheese.
Toss your cheese on top of that.
Put some mayo on top of all of that…
And stir it all up pretty good.
Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
This is a 1.5 quart baking dish. You can use an 8×8 dish or anything in the general vicinity of that size and it’ll be just fine.
Spoon it all into the dish and bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes.
Oh have mercy! It will look like this.
Lean in to your computer and see if you can smell that. You can’t?
Well can you at least hear it bubbling? You can’t?
Well good gravy child! I reckon you’re just gonna have to make it yourself then!
You can serve this with corn chips (I use the scoops kind) or crackers.
My favorite choice for crackers would be Wheat Thins or Triscuits.
- 3 cups freshly shredded cheese (I use 1.5 cups mild cheddar and 1.5 cups mozzarella but you can use all cheddar if you like)
- 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
- 2-3 small Vidalia or other sweet yellow onion, diced
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- Place cubed cream cheese in large mixing bowl and microwave for about thirty seconds, just until soft.
- Add diced onion, cheeses, and mayo to mixing bowl with cream cheese. Stir to combine.
- Spoon into greased 1.5 baking dish (8x8 works fine)
- Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes, or until bubbly and lightly browned on top.
And now for today’s thoughts…
You know, some days it just feels like the world is beating up on us. We’re hit from all sides with complaining, criticism, and negativity being shipped in by the boatloads with countless people at the docks waiting to unload as if it’s crates of gold. People don’t just complain and find fault, they get EXCITED when they find more opportunities to complain and find fault.
To quote a bit of ancient Jewish wisdom on the subject “Oy Vey!”
The crazy thing is, it’s really easy for us to end up just like them and not even realize it until we find ourself at the end of a day filled with complaints. You know the thing about complaining though?
At any given point in all of our lives, there are just as many things to be grateful for as there are to complain about. One of the greatest verses applies to this, although it was not the original intent. “Seek and ye shall find.” So basically, what I’m saying here is that if we are finding things to be grateful for, that shows the state of our heart and the decision in our mind of what we want to look for. If someone is finding only things to complain about, that is clearly a result of what they are seeking. While one person may say “Oh, this water doesn’t taste good.” Another looks and says “Oh how wonderful! We have water!” While one looks at a plate of food and says “What a wonderful plate of food! What a bounty, how blessed we are!” another may look and say “There aren’t enough vegetables on that plate. It looks boring.”
While this has always been the way of mankind since the very beginning, it’s multiplied countless times over with our ready access to each other’s thoughts through social media and the internet. Where we used to only have to hear complaining and negativity from those we worked with or interacted with throughout the day, now we add in a few hundred of our nearest and dearest friends, family, coworkers, and facebook pages and our cup runneth over and maketh a pond of debris each and every day.
It gets to be too much for the best of us at times, and certainly does for me.
How do we deal with this constant bombardment?
Here is a bit of wisdom from me to you that has helped me keep my sanity:
- Facebook has a logout button
- The tv can turn off
- Phones can power down
When it feels like negativity is the only thing flowing through the wires, unplug from the connection unplug from the constant connection.
Get outside. Take a walk. Look up at the trees and remember how small it all is in comparison.
I can promise that this will lead to better mental, spiritual, and physical health. It will cause more smiles, decrease angst, and you’ll breathe deeper than you have in years.
Now go make some Cheesy Baked Vidalia Dip – and have a WONDERFUL life today!