Are you feeling a little mad over March? Is your bracket busted? I’m mad at March, too, but for a totally different reason. I’m mad at March because I can’t decide which recipe to make for the big basketball game this weekend. You see, my friends at BJs Wholesale Club presented me with a challenge. They asked me to share my favorite dip recipe and three of their recipes with all of you in honor of March Madness and ask you to vote for your favorite dip from the ‘final four’ dips shared in this post. How can you pick a favorite? I know, right? It’s such a hard choice which is why I am totally mad at March!
The first in the line up of delicious game-ready dips is the Pepper Jack and Corny Crab Dip.
- 1 cup whole kernel sweet corn, fresh or frozen
- ⅓ cup chopped roasted red pepper
- ½ tsp. granulated garlic
- 1 cup Wellsley Farms Nonfat Grade A Greek Yogurt
- 1 TBL. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. hot pepper sauce
- 2 6 oz. cans crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed (do not rinse!)
- 1 cup shredded Pepper jack Cheese
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup green onion, chopped, plus more for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir until combined. Pour mixture into a 1 ½ quart ovenproof container.
- Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve with your favorite corn tortilla chips.
The third dip choice in this March Madness face off is the 5-Layer White Bean Hummus Dip?
- 1 recipe White Bean Hummus (follows)
- ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese
- ¾ cup peeled and diced cucumber
- ½ cup diced fresh tomato
- ½ cup chopped Kalamata olives
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 TBL fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- Spread hummus evenly in an 8x8” baking dish or similar.
- Next, layer the feta cheese, cucumber, tomato, and olives on top of the hummus.
- Combine lemon juice and oregano in a small bowl and whisk in olive oil until well blended. Drizzle over the top and serve with warm pita bread.
- White Bean Hummus
- ¼ cup chopped green onion
- ¼ tsp. kosher salt
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- 2 15-ounce cans of cannellini beans rinsed well and drained
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup water or as needed
- Add green onion through garlic to food processor and blend for 10 seconds.
- Add remaining ingredients and process until mixture is smooth, scraping down sides as needed. If mixture seems to thick, add a little water at a time until desired, smooth hummus texture.
I know it would be the perfect base for my creamy dip that features cream cheese, salsa, cheese and more. What makes this dip one of my favorites is that it is made entirely in the slow cooker and couldn’t be any simpler. You literally just dump everything in an walk away.
In just two hours, you have a nice batch of warm dip that goes perfect with crostini, chips, nachos … whatever you decide.
- 4 cups yellow corn, frozen
- 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese,softened
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup salsa
- 2 green onions, sliced
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- Add all ingredients to slow cooker. Stir to get the ingredients mixed together somewhat.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 2 hours, stirring once of twice to get the cream cheese mixed in well.
- Serve with chips, crostini, etc.
Which dip makes it to the championship? You decide. Leave a comment on your favorite dip for a chance to win a $50 gift card from BJs Wholesale Club. Winner will be chosen at random on April 4, 2016 and BJs will send you a gift card. You must pick one of the four dips as your favorite in the comments section.