I'm not a football fan (I figured I should just come right out and admit that), but I actually really look forward to the Big Game. And while this is partially because the commercials and half time show are usually quite entertaining, the main reason is that I love the food. My regular readers have likely noticed that I'm not big into creating elaborate meals (although I do like to eat them), but I've gotten pretty decent at making simple dishes and snacks. I think is probably why I enjoy cooking so much for Big Game Sunday - it's a day full of snacks and party food. For me, it's also a day to experiment with traditional game day foods in an effort to come up with unique recipes. And that's exactly what I did when I combined two of my absolute favorite foods - Mexican food and mashed potatoes. This Mexican style loaded baked potato dip is so good you guys. It's also incredibly easy.
Game Day Mexican Style Loaded Baked Potato Dip
1 package (3.74 oz) Idaho Spuds Country Buttered Mashed Potatoes
2 cups water, boiling
1-1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
2 cups salsa
2 cups shredded Mexican style or cheddar cheese
1/3 cup black olives, sliced
2-3 scallions, chopped
1 avocado, cubed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Measure 2 cups boiling water into a large bowl. Stir in entire pouch of Idaho Spuds potatoes and mix well with a fork. Add Greek yogurt, cream cheese, salsa, and a couple of dashes each of chili powder, cumin, and black pepper. Stir until blended. Scoop mixture into a baking dish and top with shredded cheese and sliced black olives. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is slightly browned. Top with chopped scallions, cubed avocados, and a sprinkle of chili powder. Serve hot with tortilla chips.
If you're having a game day party, you have to try this recipe. You'll be surprised at how simple it is to put together, and your guests will be absolutely wowed. Promise. You'll never want to make regular loaded baked potatoes or Mexican layer dip again. And thanks to the Idaho Spuds, featuring creamy mashed potatoes as the star of recipe is a snap. Speaking of Idaho Spuds, be sure to go big on game day with the Idaho Spuds Game Day sweepstakes! Choose your favorite Game Day recipe right here, and get a chance to choose your own Boise adventure. Woohoo!
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