Sunday, February 6, 2011

easiest "sausage" dip ever

For those looking for a super simple, creamy, guy-pleasing appetizer for tonight's big game, here's a go-to dip of mine. Originally brought to a book club couples gathering by my friend, Lynne, I now make this all the time because it's so easy and everyone loves it. My version is vegetarian, but most carnivores who try it have no idea. You could, of course, make it with good old Jimmy Dean....but I don't know, I am kind of skeeved out by real sausage. So, here's my take:

"Sausage" Dip

1 onion, diced
1 tube of Gimme Lean Soy "Sausage" or Soy Chorizo*
1 brick of cream cheese (regular, low-fat or non-fat, your choice)
1 jar of salsa (mild, medium, spicy, chipotle, your choice)

In a large fry pan, saute the onion and soy sausage in a bit on olive oil, breaking up the sausage into small chunks. Once the onion and sausage and softened and lightly browned, add the cream cheese and salsa. Stir over medium heat until everything melts together into creamy deliciousness.

*both types of soy sausage are found in the produce section of most markets

Can be made ahead and stored in the fridge. Serve room temp, or warm, with tortilla or corn chips.

I made a big batch of it last night for a charity paddle party I was catering. That version for a large crowd was made with: 2 yellow onions, 1 tube each of Gimme Lean + Soy Chorizo, 2 jars of Trader Joe's Chipotle Salsa, 1 brick of fat free cream cheese and 1 brick of regular cream cheese.

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