Whether you're entertaining friends at home or you're a guest in theirs, the NFL Sunday viewing experience is going to involve food of varying qualities and quantities.
The day may even revolve around it. Food makes us feel good, it expresses friendship and gratitude. Food is the universal language.
So say some cool shit.
Taco dip is a common dish, a staple if you will. It can be forgettable, incredible, and many things in between...but it should NEVER be store-bought. Hasn't your mother taught you anything?
Putting your best foot forward does not involve wilted lettuce.
We're friends, and I'm a nice guy so I'm going to hook you up with a taco dip recipe of my own creation that has blown every mind it's encountered. I'm kind of a lot, some would say an acquired taste. Turns out most people don't appreciate a degenerate wanna-be court jester at Sunday dinner.
But they keep me around for the taco dip.
So without a nine-chapter story about my love affair with avocados, let's jump to recipe.
Base Ingredients, throw this all in a mixing bowl:
8 ounces room temperature cream cheese.
8 ounces fridge temperature sour cream
Dos jalapenos, minced
1 avocado, mashed (I have gloves on from the peppers so I just kinda smush it)
1 packet taco seasoning
1 cup shredded taco cheese, I usually add a bit more.
Yes, the 1 to 1 ratio of sour cream to cream cheese is unorthodox, but to be a champion you have to rise above the mundane and what's been done.
The jalapenos are why you'll be invited back for the NCAA Tournament and The Masters. You're a home run hitter.
Anyway, spread that mixture about half an inch thick on a serving tray. Don't go under the oven to get that burnt, brown, probably rusty tray you use for french fries.
This is game day food, your reputation is at stake and presentation is everything. You can get a nice, shiny, black or white serving tray at any Walmart for five bucks. Do that.
Okay, now the veggies. Dice up all this shit so you get all of the flavors in every bite.
Except for the olives. I don't know why, but that would be weird.
Half head of lettuce
1 medium onion whatever kind you like
1 green pepper or most of one
Tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes so let's say 2 cups diced
4 ounces sliced black olives
8-12 ounces shredded cheese depending on your taste.
Squeeze half of a lime over it if you live your life to the fullest.
A veteran move is to put the vegetables on top of the base, and the cheese on top of everything. You can then put plastic wrap or aluminum foil over it to tamp it all down nicely without making a mess. It also travels 570% better this way.
Thank you for reading part one of a series I just decided to create. Next is another dip that's an absolute crowd-pleaser. Til then, be good to each other and never show up empty-handed.