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Spicy Sausage Dip

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are coming up and there will be parties, family gatherings and potluck’s at work, so we need something that’s delicious of course, quick and easy to prepare such as a little side dish, snack or appetizer if you will.

This Spicy Sausage Dip is simply excellent! It is so easy and quick to make, perfect for potlucks or other gatherings and it always gets great reviews. I use 1/3 less fat cream cheese and it does not change the flavor of the recipe. The canned tomatoes with chilies that I use is the Rotal Original which is plenty spicy for me. 🙂 I think you will really enjoy this Spicy Sausage Dip.

Spicy Sausage Dip

Spicy Sausage Dip, 15-20 servings


16 oz package spicy sausage

two 10 oz cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained

12 oz cream cheese, 1/3 less fat – optional

Hot sauce, optional


In a large pan over medium-high heat, cook the sausage until just starting to brown. Drain off excess fat. Reduce heat to medium and mix in canned tomatoes and cream cheese. Continue to heat stirring frequently until cream cheese has completely melted down and throughly warmed through with other ingredients. Add hot sauce if desired. Enjoy!

Source: adapted from Annie’s Eats

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Hummus With Roasted Red Bell Pepper

Hummus With Roasted Red Bell Pepper

My first encounter with Hummus was when I watched the movie War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning. Tom Cruise picks up a wedge of pita and dips it into the Hummus, starts to eat it and then puts on an expression of disgust and horrid.  The conversation goes something like this: Tom – “What is that?” and Dakota Fanning replies – “Hummus”,  Tom – “Hummus?”, Dakota – “from the health food place, you said to order”, Tom – “I meant order food“.

And so I kept wondering what this horrible Hummus could have been, it evidently was healthy and so it probably was terrible. Then one day I noticed it at the grocery store and it didn’t look so horrible, actually it looked kinda good. I got some and tasted it and guess what….Tom Cruise was soooo wrong, Dakota Fanning was right on. I knew that little girl was so much wiser than her Dad.

Not only is Hummus delicious, it’s considered a relatively healthy food and as an added bonus it is super easy to make. Serve with Pita wedges, crackers, use as a dip with veggies or as a sandwich spread. Here is my Hummus version made with Roasted Red Bell Pepper, give it a shot. 


1 – 15.5 oz can Garbanzo beans (Chickpeas)

2 oz fire roasted red bell pepper

1 tablespoon oil from jar of fire roasted bell pepper

3 tablespoon Tahini (Sesame paste)

1 garlic clove

1 tablespoon olive oil

2/3 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/4 cup water


Rinse off Garbanzo beans. In a blender or food processor puree all ingredients except water. Gradually add the water. Puree until desired consistency. Enjoy!

Source: My Danish Kitchen


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