We’re about a quarter of our way into the first weekend of March Madness and I’m looking forward to seeing how the brackets unfold. I grew up in a household where we supported Purdue University and remember going to lots of Purdue Basketball games at Mackey Arena. I was a season ticket hold through my 4 years of college. Today, I’m embarrassed to say that I cannot name one player on the Boilermaker team but that doesn’t keep me from cheering for them in this whirlwind of basketball madness. They are the #3 seed and played Old Dominion last night in the first round. I have yet to check to see who won… the game started at 9:45pm and there was no way I was going to stay up until the end. Purdue should have won but they always manage to mess up in this tournament.
Hopefully I’ll be able to sit back and watch some more basketball this weekend and in the coming weeks as we look to see who will be number one. While it is fun to watch my Boilermakers play, I am not too particular on who the 2 teams are. What I am particular about is what I’ll be snacking on while I’m watching. In honor of March Madness and National Chip and Dip Day tomorrow please find below two of my favorite chip and dip recipes. One is so simple and the other not quite so, but I guarantee both are crowd-pleasers and pair great with just about any kind of chip out there.
Sour Cream and Onion Dip
16oz sour cream
1 packet onion soup mix, such as Liptons
-Mix sour cream and onion soup mix together until combined. Serve with your favorite chips.
Spinach & Artichoke Dip
8 oz cream cheese
2/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 ½ cups grated mozzarella cheese
½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
½ cup grated Gruyere Cheese
10 oz frozen spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
1 can artichoke hearts, chopped
-Preheat oven to 375°F.
-In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise. Mix with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.
-Stir in Parmesan Cheese, 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, Gruyere Cheese, spinach and artichokes.
-Place in a 9 inch square baking pan and top with the remaining Mozzarella Cheese.
-Bake 25-30 minutes or until mixture is browned and bubbling.
-Serve with our favorite chips!