Hot Ham and Cheese Dip with Homemade Rosemary Pita Chips

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One thing I love more than anything is getting together with close friends and family in the winter. We have Game Days – it’s such a New England thing. And that’s why I’m proud to be partnering with Eckrich Deli to create a delicious game day recipe!

Do you have a big game day coming up? My Hot Ham & Cheese Dip with Homemade Rosemary Pita Chips will satisfy all of your guests! Simply delicious #Recipe AD

When you think of game day, you think of dip, right?

Right. I do, anyway! I think of smoky taste. And cheesy taste. I think of hot dip and homemade chips. The secret to the best pita chips is to make them yourself and serve them still warm! I remember we went to a party in San Francisco and wanted our pita chips to still be warm so we wrapped them in foil for when we got to the party. Then we unveiled our dip and homemade chips and the crowd went wild! For the chips and dip, anyway. I can’t say for sure about the game that night!

I have a fairly deep appreciation for a good college football time. I have certainly been to my fair share of games, because my sister was on the dance team at our college, and there’s nothing like sitting in the stands with hot chocolate and a ton of newfound team spirit. Almost as good? Watching at home with a good spread of appetizers! The thing is, I’m all about creating the perfect game-day dish using my Eckrich Ham Off the Bone Deli Meat that will please any crowd anytime!

ham and cheese dip

ham and cheese dip

Want to hear about Eckrich’s $1 Million Challenge? They’re giving one lucky college football fan the chance to win $1 million at the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Atlanta! Here are the details. During the pregame festivities, the lucky winner will attempt to complete a 20 yard pass LIVE on ESPN to win $1 million! Kirk Herbstreit – Eckrich brand ambassador and ESPN commentator – will also attempt a throw for $1 million that will be donated to CFP Foundation’s “Extra Yard for Teachers” cause if he makes the throw. So make sure you tune in to College Football Live on ESPN on January 8th at 1:30pm EST. Then you can see if the lucky winner takes home $1 million! You can visit here more info.

I can’t wait to tune in with a snack!

ham and cheese dip

Eckrich Deli has grown to be among the most popular in the supermarket retail and meat case, after opening as a small meat market in 1894. Their high-quality meat products all show their craftsmanship and pride – from their naturally hardwood smoked sausage to savory deli meat. I love that Eckrich Deli has many options that can provide the protein kick you need for every meal of the day, and they make it easy to prepare a multitude of recipes for your family and loved ones. They definitely have epic game day entertaining covered! I got my Eckrich Ham Off the Bone Deli Meat right at my deli counter!

Do you have a big game day coming up? My Hot Ham & Cheese Dip with Homemade Rosemary Pita Chips will satisfy all of your guests! Simply delicious #Recipe AD

Do you have a big game day coming up? My Hot Ham & Cheese Dip with Homemade Rosemary Pita Chips will satisfy all of your guests! Simply delicious #Recipe AD

The deli counter has an enormous selection of Eckrich Deli Meat. They have ham, bologna, pastrami, beef, and more! My recipe serves about 4-6 people, with leftover ham you can use to make many other tips, or lunchtime sandwiches.

Hot Ham and Cheese Dip with Homemade Rosemary Pita Chips

Hot Ham and Cheese Dip with Homemade Rosemary Pita Chips

Ingredients

  1. 3/4 cup Eckrich Ham Off the Bone Deli Meat, diced
  2. 8 oz cream cheese
  3. 3/4 cup sour cream
  4. 1 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1/4 tsp pepper
  7. 3/4 cup shredded cheese
  8. 3 pieces of pita bread, cut into eighths
  9. 2 sprigs of rosemary
  10. 1/2 tsp salt
  11. 1/4 tsp pepper
  12. 2 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • 1. For the dip, combine ham, cream cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, salt, and pepper over medium heat
  • 2. Stir in cheese and heat until just gooey
  • 3. For the pita chips, cut 3 pieces of pita bread into eighths
  • 4. Combine bread with salt, pepper and olive oil in a sealed bag or container and shake to combine ingredients and cover pita bread
  • 5. Put pita bread on baking sheet and cook for 8-10 minutes at 425 or until crispy
  • 6. Be careful - they burn quickly
  • 7. Serve together hot and enjoy!
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Eckrich Deli.

What’s your favorite ham recipe for game day?

Game Time Recipe: Spicy Turkey & Cheese Quesadilla Sliders

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Through all my food quirks and passions, have you noticed that I’m a Sliders Girl?

Try these bite-sized, full of flavor Turkey and Cheese Quesadilla Sliders for your next game time or big game party. A perfect party dish. #VivaLaMorena #ad

Yes, that deserves capital letters. There are SO MANY reasons I love bite-sized foods – especially with foods that aren’t usually bite-sized – like hot dogs, pizza, burgers, and QUESADILLAS. (also worthy of capital letters) I don’t even need to get into all the many reasons – because the important one is that bite-sized foods remind me of PARTIES. Parties give me good feelings.

It reminds me of school dances and weddings. Even better, it reminds me of my brother and sister’s Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. True I had my own two years later, but I was way too revved up to eat or remember the food then. For my siblings, the catering company had an entire table devoted to bite-sized foods. Pizza bagels, pigs in a blanket, mini grilled cheese bites, and pretty much anything you would want to fill your stomach with. Ever since then, I seek out the original ideas when I’m being served snacks and appetizers. At our wedding, we had a Mashtini bar! Mashed potatoes in little martini glasses for all!

There were toppings galore! Are you starving yet?

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Good if you are. My recipe doesn’t take that long to make. I was at a wedding last year (because it’s newly 2017 and all) and there were mini quesadillas! This made me so excited! I knew I had to try my own hand at them. I’ve been a LA MORENA® fan since I found their products in a little bodega years ago. Since then, I’m excited that my Walmart carries their products.

 

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I’m a big LA MORENA® fan, and I have been for awhile now. The company has been providing us with the taste of the authentic Mexican home for over 35 years now! They are a leader in peppers, and I’m learning to get my heat on with them.

Quesadillas are a bit funny to make. They are so easy and quick, once you get the rhythm of them. Generally, you don’t want them too thick, so you put the cheese on only one half of them. I tend to use cheese across the board, but then put the other toppings on only one side. Then you have choices galore! You can use ground turkey or deli turkey. You can use any deli meats. You can use flour tortillas or corn tortillas! You can get your spice and heat from various places. One of my secret ingredients is LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo. I’ll write about it in more detail in my recipe, but remember that a little goes a long way – and that you can use the peppers, just the sauce, or both. You’ll know the tastes of your party:

I tend to start light – focusing on intense and wonderful flavor -and build from there.

Recipe Time:

Spicy Turkey, Corn & Cheese Quesadilla Sliders

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4

Spicy Turkey, Corn & Cheese Quesadilla Sliders

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 Flour or Corn Tortillas (I chose flour)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 slices thin turkey breast
  • 8 avocado slices, thin
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup LA MORENA® Beans
  • 1/3 cup LA MORENA® Sliced Jalapenos
  • LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo - 13 oz can - only a bit packs a punch
  • 4 oz. sour cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat up 1/2 tsp olive oil (or any oil) in skillet on medium heat
  2. Place one flour tortilla at a time in the skillet and sprinkle with cheese
  3. Then add toppings to one half of the tortilla - add turkey, avocado, corn, LA MORENA® Sliced Jalapenos, LA MORENA® Beans, and use one LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo OR
  4. Spoon on just the sauce of the LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo
  5. Add sour cream and guacamole
  6. Once tortilla is warmed through, fold it over to form a half circle quesadilla and toast one side
  7. When the cheese has melted and you can see golden-brown spots on the underside of the tortilla, the quesadilla is ready
  8. Transfer to a cutting board and slice into wedges - "sliders"
  9. Wipe the skillet clean and repeat
  10. Keep going with remaining tortillas and fillings

Notes

Tip: I chose cheddar cheese to make it more kid-friendly, but feel free to use pepper jack for even more heat. An extra dollop of guacamole would be great in place of fresh avocado. LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo - the sauce is tangy and slightly sweet. You can use the peppers for intense and smoky heat, but also have the option to just use the sauce for great flavor. You can do both too!

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If it’s game time or you’re having a big game party, here’s my favorite checklist:

Decorations – banners, streamers, real or inflatable footballs, balloons
Drinks – sodas, juices, seltzers, water, and coolers, buckets, small tubs, ice
Food – finger foods, chips and dips, wings, and of course – quesadilla sliders
Dining – plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, platters, trays, napkins, serving bowls
Seating – enough seats in front of the TV for everyone, folding chairs, lawn
& camping chairs come in handy too! Put out throw rugs, blankets and pillows

What’s your favorite bite-sized snack or appetizer for a game time party?