Watching Top Chef with Sausage Cheese Dip from Home Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine, Winter 2013

Here’s a little secret that even Dudette doesn’t know. In fact, Dudette’s the main one from whom I’m keeping this little tidbit of knowledge. Curious?

I watch Bravo’s Top Chef while my little lady’s in school. Shhhhhh

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She’d be so mad for several reasons.

First, my kiddo loves watching my cooking shows with me. My love for Mario is being passed down from mother to daughter. She thinks he’s awesome. She’ll curl up next to me to watch two chefs battle it out stadium-style. She asks questions about what’s being cooked, why and how.

Second, I usually make some sort of goodie for us to munch on while we’re watching people cook. It’s only fitting, right? Nothing beats thinking, ‘Wow, that looks good,’ than being able to say, ‘Hey, that tastes good.’

Why doesn’t she know I watch Top Chef? I’m so glad you asked. It’s mainly because while I don’t mind explaining why something’s being cooked a certain way or the reason that a chef is doing what he (or she) is doing, trying to come up with reasons for all the beeps that cover up the cuss words is something I don’t want to do.

[Spoiler alert.]

Of course, now that Stefan’s been told to pack his knives, that will change. Of all the chefs left (including my favorite, Brooke), he was the worst offender, all the way up to his tirade as he walked off the show. Sheesh. good riddance.

I killed two birds with one stone while I watched the show this afternoon. This dip was a perfect snack to eat so I wouldn’t be envious of the folks on the other side of my television who had some amazing dishes put in front of them.

I even shared with Dudette when she got home from school.

The Process

Be ready with a lot of cheese; cream, Mozzarella and Parmesan. It gets dumped on top of cooked sausage and onions. Already sounding good, isn’t it.  It’s easy to throw together and just a matter of a quick bake.

Just so you know, the dip will be very stringy in the skillet, but it ends up nice and scoopable after baking. Also, 30 minutes is a little much and browns the top, as you can see. I’d target 25 minutes next time (and there will be a next time…maybe even as early as Sunday).

The Verdict

Do I even need to bother with this? Sausage, onions and three cheeses. What do you think? Yeah, it’s good. I thought so; Dudette thought so. Put this on the menu for the Super Bowl.

What I’d Do Different Next Time

Maybe a little hot sauce. I used hot Italian sausage, but it could use even more of a kick.

Watching Top Chef with Sausage Cheese Dip from Home Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine, Winter 2013
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10
  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 8-ounce package shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 6-ounce package shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup finely chopped roasted red bell peppers
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • Pretzel rods, bagel chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 1½-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, cook sausage and onion over medium heat, stirring often, until sausage crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.
  3. Add cream cheese and remaining 5 ingredients, stirring until cheese melts. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve with pretzel rods and bagel chips, if desired.