I love our neighborhood... and this afternoon, several of us gathered in our home to continue preparations for our next block party coming up in May. Historically there have been decades of such gatherings and generations of Glen Iris South Highlanders that have participated. Many of us that now live in this neighborhood grew up in other areas and went to rival schools. As always I wanted to make my neighbors feel welcome and to share a new recipe. Unbeknownst to them... I was celebrating my high school girls basketball team winning the state championship the night before. I named the dip (forefront) in their honor. In the midst of Eagles, Rams, Yellow Jackets and Gators... I, the Southwood (Lady) Cowboy was celebrating. Go Pokes...so proud!
Cowgirl Dip (Lady Cowboys Victory Dip)
- 1/2 c Olive Oil
- 20 cloves Garlic, sliced thinly (Yes really.... 20 cloves)
- 2 15 oz. cans Ranch style Beans, drained
- ½ t Table Salt
- ¼ t ground White Pepper
- ¼ t Smoked Paprika
- 1 c grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Pan sauté Garlic in Olive Oil on low heat stirring continuously until golden brown…about 15 minutes, remove Garlic and 1T Olive Oil…reserve rest of oil for another use. (Pan sauteing the garlic in this manor, creates a sweet, mild garlic flavor)
Add Garlic and 1T Olive Oil to food processor with all other ingredients except cheese and process until smooth.
Pour processed Bean mixture into an oven safe dish, cover with cheese and bake about 25 minutes until heated through and the Cheese is melted.
Serve with Pita Chips and enjoy!