Poppers

The Super Bowl is about three weeks away, so it is time to really think about what you are going to be serving during the big party. We did a nice twist on a few appetizers last week, but this week we are going to look at a few items most people would not make at home, poppers and pizza dip. Both are very traditional bar snacks but these recipes will blow away anything you will taste at your local tappy.

Smoked Gouda, Chorizo, Raw Honey Popper

Personally, I love poppers. They have everything you want in one quick bite. Generally, I prefer poppers with just cream cheese to offset some of the heat but with the added chorizo to this recipe, that honey works great to offset some of the heat as well as adding a really unique punch to the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 links of Chorizo sausage, casing removed
  • ½ pound smoked gouda, shredded
  • ¼ cup red onions, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/c cup cream cheese
  • 3 T sour cream
  • 2 T raw honey
  • 1 T hot sauce (love using Tabenero for this recipe)
  • 12 large jalapeno peppers, halved, stemmed, and seeded
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To make:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a skillet, brown chorizo over medium heat
  3. Drain and place in large mixing bowl
  4. Combine with remaining ingredients (except peppers)
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste
  6. Press filling inside peppers
  7. Place on parchment paper on lined baking sheet
  8. Cook for about 20 minutes until golden brown (for some added flavor, drizzle honey over finished poppers)

Spicy Pizza Dip with Raw Honey

Now, I don’t know about you, but I love my pizza sauce to have just a hint of sweetness. This dip has a little fire to it, so the honey puts an edge to it everyone will notice but nobody will be able to nail down until you actually reveal your secret.

Ingredients:

  • 1 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped pepperoni
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • One can of tomato puree (28-ounce can)
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • ¼ t crushed red pepper
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 2T Tabanero hot sauce
  • 1T raw honey

To make:

  1. In a large skillet, bring oil to temperature over medium heat
  2. Once oil is heated, add pepperoni and allow to cook until crisp
  3. Remove about half of the pepperoni and place on side to reserve
  4. Add garlic and saute until it is sizzling in pan (will only take about 20-30 seconds)
  5. Add puree, oregano, red pepper, ½ t salt, and ½ cup water
  6. Allow to come to simmer, then add honey and hot sauce
  7. Turn down heat, and allow to reduce for about 10-15 minutes

As far as what you want to serve to use this dip, it is perfect for anything from garlic bread to mozzarella sticks. You can also add more ingredients, such as parmesan cheese, mushrooms, or olives, depending upon what you are serving it with. Consider this a base dipping sauce that you can play with for a variety of presentations.

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