Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Red Bell Pepper & Ranch Cheese Dip | A Virtual Baby Shower

Red Bell Pepper & Ranch Cheese Dip

You might remember the sweet & talented Krissy from our Milk Bar Monday series.  Today is all about Krissy because she is having a baby boy!  Surprise, Krissy!

A few of her blogging buddies decided that it would be a great idea to honor Krissy and soon-to-be son Ezekial (isn’t that an amazing name?)!   Krissy is so sweet and I am honored to call her friend!  She is so hard-working, always coming up with some amazing recipes (see: homemade ladyfingers) and I know that she will be an amazing mother!

I decided to do a little savory dip for Krissy’s shower.  You all know how I feel about snacks, dips and appetizers and this new one is one to save.  It’s so, so simple and the flavors are sure to please adults and kids alike.  You probably also know that I’m not really a fan of ranch but I did use some of the seasoning mix in this recipe and it adds a great herb flavor to the dip.  I mixed cream cheese, cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese which adds a lot of layers of flavor!

Red Bell Pepper & Ranch Cheese Dip

I can’t wait to “meet” Ezekial, I am already sure that he will be picture perfect.  I wish you and your family all the best, Krissy!

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Red Bell Pepper & Ranch Cheese Dip

A quick and simple appetizer: red bell peppers, ranch mix and cheese combine for a people-pleasing dip!

Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
6 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
2 ounces grated parmesan cheese
1/2 red pepper, roughly diced
1 package ranch dressing seasoning mix (or 1-2 Tbs. homemade mix)
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process to combine. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Serve chilled.

Cassie's Notes:
After this refrigerates, it sets fairly well. So you can easily roll it into a ball and serve as a cheeseball.

If you don’t have a food processor, dice the red pepper as finely as possible and mix all ingredients until well blended. The dip won’t be as smooth but still should come together.

Red Bell Pepper & Ranch Cheese Dip

 

42 Responses to “Red Bell Pepper & Ranch Cheese Dip | A Virtual Baby Shower”

  1. #
    Audra@The-Baker-Chick — September 25, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    This dip sounds great Cassie! I’ve been looking for ideas for an upcoming football party I’m having- this sounds perfect! Yay Krissy!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — September 25, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    y’all are SO SWEET. and I want to drink this dip.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 25, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    This dip looks delicious… I might have to add it to our football snacks one day!

  4. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — September 25, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    Oh wow this dip looks delicious! I bet this has some really good flavor!

  5. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — September 25, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    Congrats, Krissy!

    Now someone smear that dip all over my face.

  6. #
    Karly — September 25, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    I just recently discovered my love for red bell peppers. So much tastier than their icky green friends. May I please bathe in this dip?

  7. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 25, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    I want to dig into that bowl! It looks so good and the way you have the angle in the top photo, I want to just reach in! I love red peppers and this dip looks perfect for me!

  8. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 25, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    I love this dip!! I think I could live off of dips and appetizers!

  9. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 25, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    I love red bell peppers in dips, yum!

  10. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — September 25, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    My love for red bells is fairly recent, and now I want to get all up-close and personal with this dip. I’m sure we’ll become faaaaast friends.

  11. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — September 25, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    I love this! I seriously could put ranch and roasted bell peppers in everything. This will make it into my normal dip rotation for sure.

  12. #
    Nicole {Sweet Peony} — September 25, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    That dip sounds amaaaazing! I am a huge snack person & this sounds perfect for game day! Yummmy!

  13. #
    Monet — September 25, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    I don’t like red bell peppers on their own, but in dips or sauces…I’m smitten! This looks just delicious, my friend. Thank you for sharing. I need to make some chips and dip now!

  14. #
    Kathryn — September 25, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    Such a tasty sounding dip, love that you ladies have come together to throw such a fabulous party!

  15. #
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — September 25, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    A tasty treat for the mama-to-be!

  16. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — September 25, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

    A virtual baby shower is so cute!

    I’m not usually the biggest fan of red bell peppers, but in this dip, I would totally dig it!

  17. #
    Kristina — September 25, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    this sounds amazing – I love the flavor combination!

  18. #
    Baking Serendipity — September 25, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    I love this dip! I’m always game for another appetizer this time of year :)

  19. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 25, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    This sounds so delicious, and is the perfect thing to make for a baby shower! Fun!

  20. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 25, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

    My husband would go crazy for this dip. He loves bell peppers, creamy, cheesey, and ranch!

  21. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — September 25, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

    I would love this, so delicious!

  22. #
    Tracey — September 25, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

    So sweet of you guys to surprise Krissy with the shower, I bet it made her day! And the dip looks amazing :)

  23. #
    Sandy @ RE — September 25, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

    That looks fantastic Cassie! Love the photography, too. And cute baby boy name!

  24. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 26, 2012 @ 12:48 am

    Awww you’re always so sweet to be a part of virtual baby showers! And this dip is absolutely killer!

  25. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — September 26, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    Happy virtual shower Krissy! This dip sounds amazing!

  26. #
    Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — September 26, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    Love the virtual shower – so sweet! This dip looks fab, I have a pot luck in a few weeks and I’m thinking this would be perfect!!

  27. #
    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — September 26, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Oh what a fun shower and a great assortment of goodies! I really love your red pepper dip and can imagine a dozen uses for it already! : )

  28. #
    Anna — September 26, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    I love this dip! I can definitely see it becoming a go-to for me!

  29. #
    Shaina — September 26, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    I am always looking for good dips for crackers and vegetables. This one certainly seems to fit the bill. Congratulations to Krissy!

  30. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — September 26, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    cassie, can i just tell you how much I LOVE DIPS!! Love them and I can never stop hoarding the dip bowl no matter who I am talking to (or who is talking to me since i’m usually so enthralled in the dip!!). this dip looks SO SO good. :)

  31. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — September 26, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    I’m going to need a very big spoon ; )

  32. #
    Sues — September 26, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    I’ve never been a huge ranch fan, but this? This I would most definitely eat!

  33. #
    BigFatBaker — September 26, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

    Cassie, this sounds amazing! I am not a big ranch fan either but this will be right up my alley. I’m definitely bringing this to the next football party I go to! :)

  34. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — September 27, 2012 @ 5:02 am

    this dip looks incredible! i bet everyone is wishing the babyshower wasn’t virtual so they could try some!

  35. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — September 27, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    I’m definitely going to be making this. It has my family written all over it!

  36. #
    Emily Hasbrouck — August 14, 2013 @ 3:25 am

    While the bell pepper is a member of the Capsicum genus, it is the only Capsicum that does not produce capsaicin,[2] a lipophilic chemical that can cause a strong burning sensation when it comes in contact with mucous membranes. (An exception to this is the hybrid variety Mexibelle, which does contain a moderate level of capsaicin, and is therefore, somewhat hot). The lack of capsaicin in bell peppers is due to a recessive form of a gene that eliminates capsaicin and, consequently, the “hot” taste usually associated with the rest of the Capsicum genus…’*.

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