Hot Ham Dip for football watching

Sometimes, my friend, who is a Jets fan will e-mail me football stories because I am a diehard New England fan and I get the feeling half the time she is giving me a hard time and the rest of the time she is trying to convert me.

It is understandable where my allegiance lies, since I grew up just outside of Boston and have been a Pats fan since third grade. She, on the other hand, is from some state so far away from New York she must have seen an ad in a newspaper looking for gullible people to become fans of the Jets, and fell for it hook line and sinker. She is the only Jets fan I know with a Southern accent. I do have to admit though, she is a good fan for her team. She follows every game and wears her green Jets shirts and hats and doesn’t go all band-wagon for other teams when the Jets are doing badly.

This dip is easy to make and can be easily modified for different taste buds and cravings by simply changing the type of cheese you use.

I love a good hot dog during a football game; it is standard football fare. My friend is obsessed with hot dogs during the game, as well. But, there are plenty of other great foods you can serve during a football game that doesn’t involve unknown animal parts wrapped in an edible casing made from other animal parts.

This dip is easy to make and can be easily modified for different taste buds and cravings by simply changing the type of cheese you use. The standard cheese I use if I’m having a group over that I’m not too familiar with, is cheddar because it is mild enough so everyone will like it.

If I am in the mood for something with a little more zip, I’ll use a pepper jack cheese. Other things you can do that are easy is add various hot sauces or jalapeño peppers to the mix. Yes, this would be a time when you can use your imagination to expand the flavors of the dip to satisfy your own personal cravings. You also can use various types of bread, crackers, chips and vegetables for dipping, as well as different breads for the bowl.

No matter what your cheese of choice is, get away from the hot dog for a change and try a hot ham dip. Enjoy — and Go Pats.



Hot Ham Dip

1 large round bread loaf

16 oz. sour cream

8 oz. cream cheese

1 lb. cheddar, shredded

1 lb. ham, chopped fine

1 t Worcestershire sauce

1 bunch scallions, sliced

Cut the top off the bread loaf and hollow it out saving the bread to use for the dip. Combine all the ingredients, mixing well and place in the bread bowl. Replace the top of the bowl and bake for 1½ hours until the dip is hot and the consistency is smooth. Serve with your favorite bread, crackers, chips and veggies.