Saturday, December 24, 2016

Mushroom Party Dip for your Happy Holidays

I imagine that some of you were betting against me in the veggie challenge when it came to Christmas Eve (and pretty much any day during the holidays).  Would I cave and do shortbread or gingerbread cake?  But, we are sticking to our guns and so today, Christmas Eve, I am sharing with you a party veggie dish:   Mushroom Dip.  I am pretty sure none of you will be making it today (you could have some other things on your To Do List), but allow me to suggest that it’s perfect as a dip for a New Year’s Eve party or a New Year’s Day brunch or anytime you are together with friends.

In fact it was a friend who introduced me to this dish and it stole the show that day.  I am not suggesting that this dip will help in any way with my weight loss challenge, but it’s easy and delicious and has lots of mushrooms.  Mushrooms are full of vitamins and minerals. They are very good for us.  So are the onions and garlic in this recipe. I’ll leave it to someone else to tout the health benefits of the cream cheese and the Monterey Jack. Come to think of it,  they might have had mental health benefits because I feel awfully mellow after snacking on this.  By the way, this makes quite a large amount. You could easily make half in a smaller baking dish.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.


1 ½ cup chopped onions
2 cloves minced garlic
3 cups finely chopped mushrooms and more sliced for top
4 tablespoons butter
2 eight ounce Philly Cream Cheese  (We tried this with regular and also with light. The regular combines better.  But the light still tasted great)
S & P to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
½ cup Hellman’s mayonnaise
½ cup Monterey Jack or Havarti Jalapeño cheese, grated


Sauté onions and garlic in butter for five minutes.

Add mushrooms and sauté for ten to fifteen minutes more.  
Cream the cream cheese in a large bowl. Add the Hellman’s, the Jalapeño cheese and the chives. Mix in the mushroom mixture, combining well.

Not beautiful, but boy will it taste good!

Transfer to a greased baking/serving dish.  Decorate top with reserved mushrooms.

Bake for 30 minutes or so.  Serve with veggies (such as celery or red pepper strips) if you are keeping to our theme, or sliced baguette or crackers if you prefer.  

You will be popular and you will deserve to be.  
If there’s any left, you can reheat it and enjoy a quiet moment by the tree with your feet up and a glass of wine.  

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  1. Fabulous mushroom dip! Wishing you an early Merry Christmas.

    1. Thanks, Liz. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Hugs.

  2. So perfect for holiday parties!

    1. Thanks, Krista! Hope you are having a fun holiday yourself. XO

  3. Wow, I think I have most of the ingredients. Sounds fantastic!

    1. That's great, Sandy! Hope you love it! Happy hols. Hugs.

  4. I love anything with mushroom and this sounds amazing! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!!

    1. I hope you love it too. Merry and Happy to you and yours, Kim. Hugs.

  5. This looks terrific, MJ -- we need a dish for a party Wednesday evening, and this may be it!

    1. Thank you, Leslie! We plan to make your fudge between Christmas and New Year's. XO

  6. This looks yummy. I'll definitely have to make it for New Year's.


  7. I am trying this one soon...maybe for New Year's Day! Thanks

  8. I love mushrooms but can't have the dairy.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  9. I think I just found a new dish of New Year's Eve!

  10. Nicely done!
    I bet left overs would make a wicked good cream soup with the addition of broth.

    Best wishes for a new year of peace for all of us.