Twink's Treats: Down Home Turnip Green Dip
Welcome to my blog, “Twink’s Treats”. This is where I will share with you about one of my passions and favorite subjects, food and cooking. I love to cook and I love to talk about it, write about it, think about it and create in the kitchen! And I’ll admit, most of my friends think I’m crazy. But to each her own – that’s what makes us all tick.
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Winter is here. Although we’ve had warmer weather here than normal, it is still winter. So that calls for comfort food, warm and creamy. I love to have my “framily” (a select group that combine friends and family – love them!) and friends over for any reason. One of the best winter appetizers I’ve found lately uses a winter green – turnip greens. Now, I love fresh greens and normally cook them the old fashioned Southern way. I know some people don’t like them – but this is guaranteed to make even those who don’t like greens LOVE them.
Down Home Turnip Green Dip
1 16 ounce package frozen turnip greens, thawed
¼ cup butter
1 and ½ packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
¾ cup chopped ham (not deli – chunks)
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Frank’s Hot Sauce (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup shredded cheddar/Monterey jack cheese blend
½ cup panko bread crumbs
In dutch oven over medium heat, melt butter. Add turnip greens, cream cheese, sour cream, ham, red pepper and salt. Stir until cream cheese is melted and mixture is smooth. Add Frank’s Hot Sauce, apple cider vinegar, shredded cheese and mix well. Spray casserole dish with cooking spray and pour mixture into the dish. Top with panko crumbs and drizzle with olive oil. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours (overnight is best). Bake at 350 degrees, covered, for 30 minutes. Bake 30 minutes longer uncovered or until top is lightly browned and mixture is bubbly. Serve with celery and crackers.
Until next time – be kinder than necessary and leave a little sparkle wherever you go!