Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Dip Recipe and A Chinet Bakeware Giveaway!



The month of November has slipped on by me without me noticing it. How is it possible that Thanksgiving is next week? It was 82 degrees here a couple days ago and I've been seeing Christmas stuff filling up the stores. It just doesn't feel right. I'm not ready! Surely I'm not the only one? I'd love to have a lineup of Thanksgiving sides and dessert ideas for you, but that's just not going to happen. Instead I have one delicious dip for you that you can serve to your guests while watching the ball game and enjoying a cold beer. That's better than green been casserole, any day. 


I was asked by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board to come up with an original idea for a dip containing dairy. I brainstormed a bit with my mom and my friend Maranda, from Jolts and Jollies and we came up with  this Cheesy Ranch BLT Dip. It's loaded with spinach, tomatoes, bacon, held together with a healthy serving of Mozzarella and cream cheese and seasoned with Ranch dressing and fresh garlic. Served atop a a sliced baguette, this was like the classic sandwich kicked up a few notches. Maranda and I came up with several ideas for dips that we wanted to make so she decided to throw herself an impromptu birthday party and asked people to bring a dip along with them. I brought two dips- this hot BLT dip and Mr. H :-) It was great fun, we laughed, made new friends and no one went home hungry- Happy birthday Manna!

Cheesy Ranch BLT Dip from Monica h

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Serves 8
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 box (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 8 oz. (2 cups) Mozzarella cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato, seeded
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 3 Tablespoons Ranch dressing powder
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a 2 quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

Dice bacon into 1/2-inch pieces and cook over medium-high heat til crisp. Remove bacon from the grease with a slotted spoon and allow to drain on a paper towel lined plate. 

In a large bowl, combine spinach, cream cheese, 1 1/2 cups of the grated Mozzarella, cooked bacon, mayonnaise, tomato, garlic and Ranch dressing powder. Using a rubber spatula, mix until well combined. Scrape mixture into the prepared dish and smooth the top. Sprinkle the top with the remaining half cup of Mozzarella. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly and golden. Serve with a sliced baguette or crackers. 




Earlier this year, I did a review of Chinet Bakeware and loved it. Anytime I have a gathering to go to or if I'm taking a dish to a friend, I now bake it in these wonderful pans. You can read my review of the product HERE, if you'd like. Since the holidays are right around the corner, Chinet has graciously offered to give one of my readers a set of disposable Chinet Bakeware. One lucky reader will receive a set of each of the sizes pictured in the photo above. 

All you have to do is tell me what your favorite Thanksgiving food is by leaving me a comment on this post. Please leave a way for me to contact you if you win. I will select a winner this week. Offer valid to residents of the USA only. Good luck!

106 comments:

Kelly @ NoEmptyChairs.me said...

Homemade rolls are always my favorite. But that dip might fill me up before dinner even starts!

Lynn Thompson said...

My favorite Thanksgiving dish is the Pecan Pie my Mother in Law makes. She is 87 and still insists on cooking the dinner and does an amazing job!

Mrs. Mac said...

My favorite is sweet potato casserole--not with marshmallows; the one with the brown sugar topping. Most people put pecans in the topping, but my mother knows I can't stand nuts and always makes a nut-free one just for me. It makes Thanksgiving extra-special.

Angie said...

My favorite is pecan pie, sometimes I go completely overboard and throw a couple of handfuls of chocolate chips in!!!

Shannon said...

Pecan pie seems to be the overwhelming favorite - it's mine, too! squeeks30(at)hotmail(dot)com

Malisa Twelves said...

home made ravioli... yep... ravioli :) my family is italian and our main dish was always our mouth watering 100% home made ravioli. our turkey and mashed potatoes were more of an afterthought than part of our feast. I live across the country from my family now, and the thing i miss most is my italian thanksgiving

suburban prep said...

I love the garlic mashed potatoes with a bit of butter on them.
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Grimmy said...

My favorite is my mom's stuffing. darlabeck@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Gravy is the best Thanksgiving food, it goes on and with EVERYTHING! mmmm :)

Ally said...

I love cranberry sauce. Homemade or from a can, it's just tasty!

prov3130grl said...

I love green bean casserole - I don't care how bad it is for you :) ~ Andi T.

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Amber said...

My favorite dish is a toss up between homemade cranberry sauce and the family fudge-walnut pie! Yummy!
Amber
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RhubarbLady said...

A well-cooked turkey that's been soaking in a brine solution first helps make our Thanksgiving yummier. The hard part is finding a cold enough spot to safely brine the turkey! Love the dip recipe-spinach, cream cheese, ranch and bacon-mmmmmm!

Jean
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Amalie said...

Mashed potatoes for sure. Amalie.monlux@gmail.com

Kara Beam said...

Favorite dish is pumpkin pie! I even eat it for breakfast on the week of Thanksgiving :)

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Anonymous said...

This Cheesy Ranch BLT Dip is going to be my son's favorite dish for munching on this Thanksgiving feast. He loves anything that has cheese and bacon. Definitely will make this for him.
As for my favorite Thanksgiving food, I love those buttermilk rolls with gravy :)
Hanna
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Anonymous said...

cranberry orange relish is my favorite

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Sara said...

The stuffing!! :)

Judi said...

Stuffing is my favorite. But not the cornbread kind. That's not real stuffing ;)

MaryB said...

Dressing! And mashed potatoes with gravy. Yum.

Laura P said...

Fried turkey and dressing--so yum!

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Lindsay said...

My favorite would have to be pumpkin pie. So good!

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Shanna Cluff said...

I love mashed potatoes and gravy! Can't wait!

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Natalie said...

my grandma's apple pie!

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Deborah said...

I know most people pick sides or desserts but I am a turkey fan all the way. Roast, smoke it, fry it I don't care I just love it! Happy Thanksgiving to all and many blessings to all who are hurting and dealing with strife at this time.

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Heather Spooner said...

Cornbread dressing is my favorite. Thanks!
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Amma said...

I discovered a cranberry conserve recipe years ago that I just love (use it on everything from sandwiches to french toast). My entire family, woefully, will only eat that awful gelatinous cranberry mess from a can. Which means I get the 'good stuff' all to myself! Thank you for the giveaway!

Jennifer said...

Hands down...it's the gravy. Gravy with turkey, or dressing, or mashed potatoes. But I LOVE the gravy!

April said...

It too hard for me to choose just one! I love it all!
Thank you for the giveaway!
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Nicole-Lynn said...

Your dip looks amazing, thanks for sharing! :)

My favorite Thanksgiving dish is Sweet Potato Casserole! I like to make them in individual ramekins!

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Dana said...

My favorite Thanksgiving food is stuffing! Mmmm so savory and delicious! Perfect leftover on top of a turkey sandwich...yummmm! I can't wait! dbellers@gmail.com

Melly said...

Dressing, by a mile.

hannaH said...

Caramel french apple pie is always my favorite, by far.

All Things Yummy said...

I would say pumpkin pie is my favorite but I also love the stuffing. YUM!

Christina said...

Cranberry sauce, especially the next day on a leftover turkey sandwich :)

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Wow! That dip sounds amazing! Thanks for the chance to win a little something too. :o)

April was in CT now CA said...

Definitely the dressing! I love a good day after turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce and dressing on it, mmmm!

Lauren said...

It's not thanksgiving without my grandma's delicious coconut cake.

Heather said...

Totally love the dip...my husband thanks you in advance! And I am all for the stuffing. I do prefer it to be stuffing, but will eat it as dressing too. Just make it (lots of it) and let me eat it for days...hot, cold, just yummy!

Thanks,
Heather
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Melody said...

I love turkey. I brine a turkey breast the night before, add fresh herbs and then grill it.

Mel J.
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Piper said...

Homemade cranberry sauce! Thanksgiving just isnt the same without it :D

Anonymous said...

Our new favorite side is a take on Williams Sonoma brussels sprouts gratin. We make our own caramelized shallots. And no one needs 3 cups bread crumbs for the topping.
http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/brussels-sprouts-gratin-shallots.html?cm_src=RECIPESEARCH

Delicious! 

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Terri Silva said...

I love my homemade cranberry honey pear sauce! Love it so much!!!

Ashley said...

Oh my gosh, that is so difficult to choose just one dish... I will have to go with Sweet Potatoes and Marshmallows or Sweet Potatoes and a Pecan Praline topping... either way, Sweet Potatoes rock! Please contact me at smileforsage @ yahoo . com. Thank you. Your blog is lovely. I am subscribed and have tried several of your recipes, with wonderful results!

Kathy said...

My favorite Thanksgiving dish is stuffing ~

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Linda said...

Sweet Yams topped with crispy marshmallows.


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Deanna said...

Leftovers!! Love a turkey sandwich with homemade cranberry relish. Lockefriends@gmail.com

Katie said...

Homemade Stuffing with onions and sage!! Mmmmmmmm!!

Jane said...

My absolute favorite is my "special" recipe Pumpkin Pie. Anyone who's had a taste, would never even consider going back to regular 'ole pumpkin pie (YES,it's THAT good!)
OK, now, 3....2....1....And let the baking BEGIN!

ilene said...

Stuffing is my favorite.

Gayle Graverson said...

My husbands grandmothers cranberry fluff. She used to grind cranberries in her hand crank grinder and we can't stop eating it.

Cindy B. said...

My favorite is the sweet potato casserole.

Sandra Lee said...

Dressing is my favorite. I never heard of stuffing until I was an adult. There is nothing like good old fashioned cornbread dressing!!!

theresa said...

Nothing beats homemade cranberry sauce. I could eat the whole bowl!

Ms. Knitsalot said...

I've always been a fan of the whole meal-just seems like each dish makes it so special. I love sweet potatoes and of course dessert is always a hit - pumpkin pie! Thanks for the giveaway...Happy Thanksgiving!

Library Danielle said...

My favorite is my dad's stuffing. He cooks it the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and he and I always have a taste in the middle of the night!

free indeed said...

I NEED the oldfashioned bread/herb stuffing and a traditional pumpkin pie for Tday to be considered Tday!

vhoiten said...

So many favorites, but the homemade rolls and mashed potatoes with gravy (and a little bit of corn) sends me back for seconds.

paperplay said...

I actually could do without the turkey all together but it is the item that everyone expects so he graces our table front and center. Like many others I love all the sides, not one in particular but the feeling associated with having them all on one plate, all in one meal, being able to savor a bite of each.

The Girl with the Hollow Leg said...

Without a doubt, for decades, my favorite thing on the table and in my mouth on Thanksgiving was creamed onions, but it was replaced recently by onions braised in balsalmic vinegar and bacon.
Sherri
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Shica said...

STUFFING & GRAVY

cheryldunn1919@gmail.com9 said...

Sausage stuffing hands down!!!! Thank you! Cheryl D

Sylvia said...

Our family cornbread dressing recipe is something we look forward to eating every Thanksgiving! Lots of sweet cornbread and bacon combined with other delicious flavors to make the perfect Thanksgiving dish!
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Terry said...

It's the dressing, with gravey of course ~ my mama's recipe! So HAPPY THANKSGIVING everyone!!!


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AndreafromNoVA said...

I love our cranberry jello mold that my Aunt and Mother have been making for years!!

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Danielle said...

Mmmmm! I love Thanksgiving foods!! I would have to say my favorite is probably the stuffing. I only get it once a year and it's such a treat!! Thank you for the opportunity to win this. I make meals for others regularly and these would be great to have on hand they don't need to worry about giving my dishes back!!

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Kathy said...

My favorite food for Thanksgiving is the Pumpkin or Chocolate Pie.

Sam said...

pumpkin pie

ytsmom said...

Dressing. My Mom's recipe which we could not find for about 10 years.

Mary said...

Mmm, sweet potatoes!!!! Fried with sugar or in a casserole or pie or cranberry salad or...:) Gonna try this dip too!

leonieke said...

Ahhh! Prices to win, i'm in! Although we do not celebrate thanksgiving her in holland, i sure know what i would make for dinner; i would make a complete "lick the bowl dinner" (and probably need to lay down at the couch for the rest of the evening:-).. Hope you have a nice thanksgicing! This year i will celebrate it a little with you, because mij daughter is an exchangestudent in america this year, she sure will share it with us on fb.

Have a nice evening,

Sallie said...

My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my mom's garlic green beans. It's a simple dish but no matter how hard I try, I can't get mine to taste as good as hers :)

Susan said...

My favorite Thanksgiving dish is sweet potato casserole with the crunchy topping.

Gina said...

We always have broccoli casserole! It's the kids favorite. gserrano1966@hotmail.com

Susan said...

Forgot...my email is elaine1255(at)yahoo(dot)com

Shoshigirl said...

Oh, Turkey white meat, then dip it in mashed potatoes and gravy, the perfect bite. Ohhh, mouth watering already. Yumm

Pam said...

pumpkin pie with an over abudance of sprayed on whip cream will always be my favorite.

Tracy Johnson said...

Pumpkin Pie, Just cannot get enough of it around this time of year.

Andrea said...

I love the dark meat on the Turkey and the stuffing. Thanks for the chance to enter.

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Karen said...

Sweet Potato Casserole with chopped pecans on top.

~mel said...

'm the traditionalist and go for the pumpkin pie ~ but the rest of family always wants a grasshopper pie (creme de menthe,marshmallows melted, cool whip in an oreo crust). It was always so cute when the kids and now grandkids are little - Dear Hubby and I would have them convinced the grasshoppers were harvested out of an old stump in the woods.
Can't wait to try the Cheesy Ranch BLT Dip ~ I'm from Wisconsin and all that cheese and dairy is right up my alley!! Thanks for sharing:)
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cropmom66 said...

This looks and sounds delicious!! Definitely going to give it a try! My fav Thanksgiving food is my mom's orange jello mold!! YUM! :)

Sara said...

I love dessert! I've been making your apple cherry tart and its always a hit!

Darlene said...

My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my mom's stuffing, but I have not been able to duplicate it even with her recipe in hand. -- oh me.
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Cathy Murphy said...

I love pecan pie! My Grandma Ruby was always in charge of the pies on the holidays. She lived with us having her own apartment downstairs in our house. So while my mom was upstairs making turkey and mashed potatoes, Grandma was making pies! The smells in my house were amazing! ')

Dee said...

We have LOTS of desserts ... I can't pick a favorite!! Maybe pecan pie?

Stephanie said...

My moms sausage stuffing---hands down THE BEST stuffing ever!

Dream A Dream said...

Well, I must say Pumpkin Pie is my favorite, but it must have real whip cream. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, I have so much to be thankful for.

Holly said...

I love the dressing. We use a recipe from the old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook called "Harvest Dressing". Thanks for sharing a contest! holly4shelfreliance@gmaildotcom

Anonymous said...

It's a toss-up: stuffing (made with any and all the leftover bread in the freezer!) or pumpkin pie.

Marie W said...

I absolutely love stuffing! I don't make it throughout the year just to salivate at thanksgiving :).

AM Wolverine said...

My favorite Thanksgiving food is spinach squares

Amy S. said...

It is so hard to choose just one thing, but my grandmother always makes the cranberry sauce especially for me each year. No one else really touches it (including her) yet she makes it just for me and it is the only time I ever get it! It adds such a special touch to the holiday that I would have to say that is my favorite :)

Yummy in my Tummy!!! said...

Our thanksgiving is very untraditional, most of my family is vegetarian so thanksgiving doesn't involve a turkey and stuffing for us but there is a favorite part to it for me. For twenty years now the same family and friends has spent wednesday evening to thursday night together. I was about eight years old when this tradition began but to this day every year without fail someone host's thanksgiving and all of us kids (now in our 20's and 30's) and our parents get together for a sleepover. Our wednesday and thursday is filed with lots of football and FOOD! So my favorite part is getting to be an adult who still does sleepovers!

Iiona said...

My favorite is my sisters banana pudding and my dressing and from scratch mac-n-cheese!

Anonymous said...

My favorite Thanksgiving food is not so much a food, but something that goes along with the food. The gravy! It just tastes so good with almost everything I've tried it with hahaha. (:

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Iarya said...

Well every single thing is always 'licious but if I had to pick one, well it would have to be good ol' Southern cornbread dressin' cause the only thing we stuff is our faces!!

Yvonne said...

I love loaded mashed potatoes!!

Paula said...

The Pumpkin Pie.

Margie Huddleston margie@thehuddlestons.org said...

I really enjoy making the Williams Sonoma Butternut Squash Casserole recipe. It is fantastic!

Anonymous said...

I loooove mashed potatoes!
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Sarah D. said...

My Grandma's Stuffing is the highlight of my Thanksgiving.

Barb said...

Hmm...I do love stuffing, but then I also love fresh rolls with butter. Pumpkin pie's not bad either, but perhaps it's the whipped cream I like more than the pie. Too hard to decide! Now I'm hungry!

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Jessica said...

Cranberry Fluff!!!

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mummytotwoboys said...

My favorite it probably cornbread and sausage stuffing

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Heather! said...

I make a sweet potato casserole that is one of my favorite foods ever, anywhere (if I do say so myself!). ;)

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