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So...Lynn says inquiring minds would like to know what I ended up making for our Thanksgiving appetizer. If you recall, I solicited recipes from all of you, and many of you were kind enough to leave suggestions for me. Some of them sounded great but didn't meet the criteria of make-ahead, easy, portable and vegetarian. Others were ideas already familiar to my family - I was looking for something different. In the end, I turned to one of our recipe books (yes - I do have some of these in the house) in a 5 minute window I had between Sammy's nap and leaving for the grocery store. I didn't find anything all that inventive but it was the best I could do...
Fiesta Corn Surprise
from Jeanne Jones' "Healthy Cooking For People Who Don't Have Time To Cook"
This was billed as a big hit with Jeanne's family who was surprised something so easy could taste so good. It appears to be intended as a side dish since the post script stated leftovers make a great dip or sandwich filling. I decided to just use it as a dip from the beginning.
That's it. The hardest part was finding that damn can of chili peppers at the grocery store. With a hungry kid and a store packed with Thanksgiving shoppers, I called in the reserves and had Andy pick them up on his way home (found with the taco stuff apparently).
I also decided that Andy could actually make the dip instead of me, since I made sinful brownies and festive spinach salad. I also didn't want to risk using a saucepan over flame. Bad things happen when I use a stove top.
Andy whipped this creation up lickety split and upon an initial taste, proclaimed it pretty blah. WHAT?! Too late to change the dish. Into the fridge it went with the hope that an overnight sitting would make it better. I was doubtful, since the original dish is obviously intended to be served warm and immediately.
The next day, when we arrived at my parents' with our baby, cat and all of their trappings, I pulled out the Fiesta Corn Surprise and popped it into the microwave for a few minutes to heat it up. It was a thin soupy consistency and didn't look all that impressive. But when I set it in front of the hungry family with a bag of Stacy's pita chips, everyone agreed it was quite good.
Even Andy felt it was better the second time around. I think that next time, I would either use less liquid or more cream cheese to thicken things up and absolutely serve re-heated after an overnight in the fridge as we did here. This recipe says it serves four (as a side dish). As a dip, it served six hungry adults that afternoon. We would have eaten a ton more if there had been more to eat. I think we were all being polite, instead of scarfing down the whole thing alone.
One quarter of the recipe above results in 123 Calories, 6 Grams of Fat, 16 Milligrams of Cholesterol and 427 Milligrams of Sodium. So, eating far less than 1/4 of the dip yourself would be even less!