Sports are not my thing.
Not only do I lack the talent or desire to play them; watching other people play them isn’t exactly my idea of a good time, either. I grew up with two brothers and no sisters, so naturally, they played sports while I played Barbies. In Briannaland, American Idol is the only regularly viewed competition, and an hour playing Just Dance on the Kinect is a successful workout.
I might not get too excited about game day…but game day food?
THAT is something I wholeheartedly support and gladly furnish.
Chips, dip, buffalo chicken and a whole buffet of bite-sized snacks? Count me in! Every big game day party needs someone in the kitchen, anyway, or there would be no food to fuel the spectators, right? :)
I would be that person. And this would be the perfect recipe for the occasion.
Sometime close to Christmas several years ago, I got a recipe for Gorgonzola dip from Cub Foods during a holiday event that offered free samples of various dishes.
I’ll be honest: at that point I had never even heard of Gorgonzola, not to mention the fact that I had no idea how to pronounce it.
After tasting this stuff, though, Gore-gun-ZOLE-la–a type of blue cheese–quickly became my favorite type of cheese and a regular staple in my refrigerator and recipe collection. I was obsessed with the stuff after one bite and I’ve been making an adapted version of the Cub Foods-inspired dip ever since. For game days, holidays, or any days I’m craving a cheesy appetizer.
I’ve healthified the original recipe by adding Greek yogurt and eliminating any mayonnaise, and although you can make this however you like, I prefer the added protein and I think it tastes just as delicious without the mayo–the Gorgonzola is what really shines in this recipe.
It tastes good when served with just about anything for dipping–slices of French bread, artisan crackers, fresh-cut veggies–but my personal favorite pairing is regular old, store-bought, salty tortilla chips.
I reach for the celery if I’m feeling healthy, but I grab the tortilla chips every other time.
If you’re not afraid of crazy cheeses that you can’t pronounce, or you’re already president of the Gorgonzola fan club like I am, bake up a dish of this for your next football-viewing party or as a prelude to a fancy Christmas dinner. It’s easy, cheesy, and addictive!
- 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
- 3/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
- Crackers, fresh veggies, or tortilla chips for dipping, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a bowl, mix yogurt, garlic, spices and cheeses until well-combined. Spread into a pie plate or similar shallow dish and bake for 20-30 minutes until the edges begin to brown.
- Serve warm with desired accompaniments.
Total Fat: 10.2 g
Cholesterol: 29.8 mg
Sodium: 557.8 mg
Potassium: 28.5 mg
Total Carbs: 3.1 g
Dietary Fiber: .3 g
Sugars: .9 g
Protein: 13.5 g