THE RECIPE BOX: Kick off football season with this cheesy, creamy pepperoni dip

Pepperoni dip is rich, cheesy and creamy and may be served with bagel bites. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

Pepperoni dip is rich, cheesy and creamy and may be served with bagel bites. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

College football is just about ready to kick off for the season, and I’ve been saving this recipe for that very occasion.

My mother-in-law, Janie Wells, had been telling me about this pepperoni dip, today’s featured recipe, that a friend of hers had been raving about. I was finally able to speak with her friend, who wanted to remain nameless, and get the “dish” on this recipe.

Let me forewarn you, this is not a diet-friendly dip, but it is a pepperoni and cheese lover’s dream. Hopefully, you’ll be able to add this to your go-to recipes when people just stop by or you are whipping up appetizers and snack food for the many game day activities that some of us are about to embark on.

Our friend, you know the one that didn’t want to be named, said she makes this dip in a mini Crock-Pot and is able to keep the dip warm while the festivities are going on.

You’ll want to keep an eye on this creamy, cheesy dip and be sure to stir it every once in a while, whether you are keeping it warm on the stove top or in the Crock-Pot. You can even bake it in the oven for 15 minutes or so at 350 degrees.

Our friend also suggested serving bite-sized bagel bites with this dip. You might also want to try toasted baguettes or even some of those flat crispy pretzels, made by Pretzel Chips.

If you’ve got a great tailgate recipe you’d like to share with your friends and neighbors in Rockdale and Newton counties, email the recipe to: julie.wells@rockdalecitizen.com.

Pepperoni dip

Two cans of cream of chicken soup

Two 8-ounce packs of cream cheese, softened

Two packages of mini pepperonis

Plain bagels, cut up into bite-sized pieces

Melt the cream cheese and cream of chicken soup together over medium to low heat.

Add the pepperoni and stir thoroughly, cooking it all together for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Keep warm until ready to serve with bagel bites.

Tip: Two packages of mini pepperonis does add a bit of a kick to the dip, so you might want to use just one package at a time.