Monday, January 27, 2014

Lasagna Dip

It's almost time for Super Bowl Sunday.  As much of a fan as I am of college football, I really am not much of a fan of professional football.  I am however, a fan of snack food and appetizers.  And beer.  And commercials.  And the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet.  Do you think Mr. Devilish Dish would go for a Super Bowl Party that involved food, beer and watching the Puppy Bowl???  Yeah, me neither.  What we decide to watch really isn't as important and what we'll be eating and I am positive we'll be snacking on some Lasagna Dip!  It has all the wonderful Italian flavor of lasagna, but it's a lot easier to make and a lot more fun to eat.  I served it with some Wheat Thin Crackers, but I think it would make an outstanding presentation served in a bread bowl with some crostini on the side.  Whether you decide to watch football or puppies, definitely make this dip for your party.  It's sure to score!

All the flavor of Lasagna, in a DIP!
Spread cream cheese mixture into prepared dish.
Brown ground beef and onion.
Add garlic, mushrooms and seasonings.
Add spaghetti sauce.
Before baking top with lots of cheese!
Serve during the Super Bowl.
(Or Puppy Bowl if you're hubby will let you!)

Lasagna Dip

1/2 pound ground beef
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 cup spaghetti sauce
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease an 8x8-inch oven-safe baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.  In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef and onion.  Add garlic and mushrooms.  Continue cooking until tender.  Season mixture with salt and pepper.  Add 1 teaspoon oregano and 1/2 teaspoon basil.   When meat is thoroughly browned, stir in spaghetti sauce and cook for 3 minutes.  Combine softened cream cheese with garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon oregano and 1/2 teaspoon basil.  Spread cream cheese mixture into bottom of prepared dish. Top with meat and mushroom mixture.  Sprinkle with mozzarella and cheddar cheeses.  Bake approximately 15-20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.  Serve warm with crackers, veggies or crusty bread!

Prep Time:  Approximately 20 minutes     Cook Time:  Approximately 20 minutes 

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