For as long as we’ve been eating dip, we’ve been hit with propaganda that it’s loaded with fat and dairy and stuff our dreadlocked contingent might refer to as “crap.” Buzzkills that they are. Not to be dissuaded on Super Bowl Sunday, we have done a bit of research on dips, and of course they’re not all unhealthy. Greek yogurt is lighter in calories than full-fat sour cream, and there is, of course, the soy or almond alternative to dairy. One source for reassuring info on the maybe-not-good-for-you but at least better-for-you-than-the-old-school-dips is found at http://www.fona.com/resource-center/blog/party-snacks-savory-dips-spreads
Stats are kinda our thing, and one jumped out at us: “Manufacturers have noticed the increase in consumers shopping “health” and are developing line extensions and new product lines centered around better-for-you ingredients and health claims. More than one quarter (27percent) of those who purchase snacks do so because there are more healthy versions of these items available.”
So there you go.
Now, about double-dipping. Really? You DO that? Well, just eeeewwwwwwww, babe.
At http://www.researchscape.com/leisure/140408_tortilla_chips, we found that not just you but a huge number of your friends also double-dip. So don’t expect an invite to our house anytime soon.
Here’s what we found: “… nearly half of Millennial men, ages 18-34, admitting to conducting the biggest party foul in the book: double-dipping.” If that’s not bad enough, “32 percent of young women surveyed said they have double-dipped at a party.”You think you’re being cool, but did you know that “54 percent of young partygoers will step away from the dip bowl after witnessing a double-dip, while [this made us gag just a little] 22 percent don’t mind joining in on the double-dipping action.”
More than a quarter of us do it, but another quarter of us “will call out fellow partygoers if they go in for a second dip.”
Please, in the name of all that’s holy, don’t double-dip on the following. We’re begging you. And, yes, this calls for full-on deliciousness of cheese, bacon, hamburger and cream cheese. It’s Betty Crocker, and we freaking LOVE Betty Crocker! http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/slow-cooker-bacon-cheeseburger-dip/7bacb945-25ed-4117-b034-0da7b55df7cd
Slow-Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Dip
8 slices bacon
½ lb lean (at least 85%) ground beef
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, cubed
1 package (8 oz) shredded American-Cheddar cheese blend (2 cups)
1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained
2 Tbs chopped fresh parsley
2 medium red bell peppers, cut into bite-size strips
1 package (5.25 oz) mini bagel chips
In 12-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until crisp; drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon; reserve 2 tablespoons bacon for garnish.
In same skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Reduce heat to low. Stir in cream cheese, shredded cheese, tomatoes and crumbled bacon until well mixed and cheese starts to melt.
Pour mixture into 1- to 1 1/2-quart slow cooker. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 2 to 3 hours or until hot and bubbly.
Stir parsley into dip. Sprinkle with reserved bacon for garnish. Keep on Low heat setting to serve. Serve with bell pepper strips and bagel chips.