Wednesday, August 23, 2006

WFMW - Quick, Delicious Appetizer

Since several people enjoyed the recipes for the shrimp casserole and the salad, here's my favorite appetizer.

Be forewarned that this dish contains the Southern Triumverate of butter, mayonnaise, and sharp cheddar cheese, and also be forewarned that if you're going to try to make it less of a threat to your arteries by using low-fat mayonnaise and whatnot, the result will most likely be, as my mama would say, "not fittin' to eat."

Go big or go home. That's all I'm sayin'. :-)

Vidalia Onion Dip
modified from Come On In

3 or 4 large Vidalia onions (any sweet onion will do)
2 Tbs. butter
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce or 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup mayonnaise
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Saute' onions in butter until they cry uncle (in other words, until they're completely soft). Add Tabasco and garlic powder as onions are cooking. Once the onions are transparent, combine them with remaining ingredients and bake in a buttered casserole dish at 375 for 25 minutes.

Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.

And here's another tip: salt and pepper your favorite fresh fish filet. Put about 3 tablespoons of this dip on top of each piece of fish. Squeeze lemon juice over all. Bake as you normally would - and the dip will make the fish so moist and tender that you won't believe it. The dip will also rob the fish of any redeeming nutritional value, so it's a win / win for all!

Enjoy, everybody.

And for more great Works For Me Wednesday ideas, visit Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer. She's a good Southern girl, and I bet she likes mayonnaise, too. :-)


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