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Hot Virginia Dip

Dive into the Heat with Hot Virginia Dip: A Spicy Symphony of Southern Comfort and Creamy Indulgence

Prepare your taste buds for a culinary adventure with our Hot Virginia Dip — a spicy sensation that marries the bold flavors of the South with the creamy richness that defines comfort. This crowd-pleasing dip brings together the smokiness of Virginia ham, the kick of hot sauce, and the lusciousness of cream cheese, creating a dish that’s not just an appetizer but a celebration of southern hospitality. Join us as we unravel the secrets to crafting a dip that’s as fiery as it is indulgent, transporting you to a world where each dip is a journey into the heart of Southern flavor.

Ingredients: For the Hot Virginia Dip:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened for creaminess
  • 1 cup mayonnaise for richness
  • 1 cup sour cream for tanginess
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded for a bold flavor
  • 1 cup Virginia ham, finely chopped for smokiness
  • 1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped for freshness
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce for heat (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce for umami
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder for depth
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder for aromatic richness
  • Salt and black pepper to taste for seasoning
  • 1 cup crushed buttery crackers for topping

Instructions:

Step 1: Preheat and Prepare Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). In a mixing bowl, combine softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream. Mix until smooth and creamy.

Step 2: Add Cheeses and Flavors Fold in shredded cheddar cheese, finely chopped Virginia ham, green onions, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Mix until all ingredients are evenly combined.

Step 3: Assemble and Bake Transfer the mixture to a baking dish, spreading it evenly. Top with crushed buttery crackers for an added crunch. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the dip is bubbly and golden brown on top.

Step 4: Garnish and Serve Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly. Garnish with additional green onions if desired. Serve the Hot Virginia Dip warm with your favorite dippables like tortilla chips, crackers, or vegetable sticks.

Cook Notes:

  • Experiment with different hot sauces to find the perfect level of heat for your taste.
  • Adjust the amount of Virginia ham based on your preference for smokiness.
  • For a smokier flavor, consider using smoked cheddar cheese.

Variations:

  • Bacon Bliss: *
  • Enhance the smokiness by adding crispy bacon bits to the dip or as a topping.
  • Jalapeño Joy: *
  • Amp up the heat by incorporating diced pickled jalapeños into the mix for an extra kick.
  • Crabby Crunch: *
  • Elevate the dip by folding in lump crab meat for a decadent seafood twist.

Keto-Friendly Version:

  • Use keto-friendly mayonnaise and sour cream to reduce carb content.
  • Replace crushed crackers with crushed pork rinds for a low-carb, crunchy topping.

Low-Carb Version:

  • Opt for low-carb mayonnaise and sour cream.
  • Choose a hot sauce with minimal added sugars.
  • Substitute crushed crackers with almond flour or crushed pork rinds.

Hot Virginia Dip isn’t just a dip; it’s an explosion of flavors that invites you to savor the richness of Virginia ham, the heat of hot sauce, and the creamy embrace of cheese. Whether you’re hosting a gathering, cheering on your favorite team, or simply indulging in a cozy night in, this dip is a Southern-inspired delight that brings people together. So, let the warmth of Virginia hospitality fill your kitchen, embrace the fiery kick, and relish in the joy of sharing a dip that’s as comforting as it is bold. With each scoop, you’ll find yourself transported to the heart of the South, where the flavors are robust, the company is warm, and every bite is a celebration of Southern comfort.

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