January 30, 2014

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A&B American Style Super Bowl Bacon Scallion Cheese Dip

THE SUPER BOWL! It's here. It's in our backyard in NYC this year and the lead up to the game has been fantastic. We're really enjoying the back and forth (especially this little bit, which makes us want to add ducks to our recipe below)

Naturally, we believe every football party needs some serious cheese dip. And, we aren't microwaving cream cheese and mayo with frozen spinach and calling that serious.

We are taking two types of cheese. Bacon. Corn. Scallions. Garlic. Onion.

We are using a makeshift double boiler to protect our cheese from scorching (it's easy to do).

We are making some serious A&B American Style Cheese Dip.

We recommend you do the same.

Recipe: A&B American Style Cheese Dip
Ingredients:
  • 6 Tablespoons A&B American Style Pepper Sauce (available at these fine retailers)
  • 1/4 LB yellow cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 LB smoked gouda cheese, shredded
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped into thin bits and crisped
  • 1/4 cup canned corn kernels (about 1/3 can)
  • 1/2 cup green part of scallion (sometimes called spring onion), chopped (check this link to fancy this up)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped (can sub the white part of your scallion, too)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 6 small flour tortillas, toasted in a 400 degree oven for 3 minutes
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1 or 2 cups of water for the double boiler setup (don't sweat, it's easy)
Directions:
  1. Toss the shredded cheddar and smoked gouda with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Hold this on the side
  2. Chop 4 slices of bacon into thin bits
  3. Cook on the stove on low heat until crisp. Transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel to drain
  4. SAFELY! Take out most of the bacon fat and save it in a glass jar or coffee mug in your fridge for making Eggs American Style (recipe coming soon). Keep just enough to coat the pan
  5. Add the onions and garlic to the pan with the bacon fat
  6. Cook on medium heat until translucent and transcendent
  7. Add the corn and green scallions and cook for 2 minutes. Set aside
  8. Save some (about 1 tablespoon) of the bacon, scallion, onion, garlic and corn mixture for garnish. The rest to be stirred into the melty cheese
  9. CONGRATS! You're about half way there. Now we MELT THE CHEESE
  10. A double boiler set up makes it easier to prevent scorching the cheese during the meltification process. 
  11. Start your double boiler setup by adding one or two cups of water to a small sauce pot
  12. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer
  13. Place a medium sized metal bowl over the simmering water. Add the cheese, which you tossed in cornstarch earlier, to the bowl
  14. This metal bowl may get hot. Use a dry towel or pot holder to hold it
  15. Stir the cheese until meltified (8 minutes or less)
  16. Fold in the reserved bacon, scallion, corn, onion, and garlic.
  17. Stir in 6 tablespoons (or more) of A&B American Style Pepper Sauce
  18. Season the dip with salt and pepper to taste
  19. Pour the A&B American Style Cheese dip into a ramekin or other serving dish
  20. OPTIONALLY (but recommended) put your oven safe serving dish under the broiler and brown the top for about 3 to 5 minutes
  21. Garnish with a tablespoon of the bacon, scallion, corn, onion and garlic mixture and more A&B American Style Pepper Sauce (available at these fine retailers)
  22. Serve immediately
  23. ..
  24. WAIT! Don't forget the warmed tortillas, tortilla chips or vegetables
  25. Enjoy!
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