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Baked Chile Cheese Spread

Baked Chile Cheese SpreadA finalist in the 2002 Ortega® “Create a Fiesta, Win a Siesta!” Contest, this dish was submitted by Lisa Carr of Cedaredge, Colorado. This spread is a delightful blend of chiles, salsa, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and green onions for a delicious and mildly spicy dip. Served with tortilla chips, it's guaranteed to be a hit at any family gathering.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 tablespoons ALBERS Yellow Corn Meal
1 tablespoon chili powder
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese softened
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 (4-ounce) cans ORTEGA® Diced Green Chiles
1 cup (about 8) sliced green onions, divided use
1 (16-ounce) jar ORTEGA Mild Salsa, or any flavor - divided use
2 cups (8-ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided use
Garnish: tortilla chips, assorted crackers and/or sliced baguette

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Heavily grease bottom and side of 9-inch springform pan. Combine corn meal and chili powder; sprinkle over bottom and side of prepared pan.
  2. Beat cream cheese, eggs, garlic powder, and cumin in large mixer bowl until smooth; stir in chiles and 1/2 cup green onion. Pour half of batter into pan.
  3. Spoon 1 cup salsa over top of batter; sprinkle 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese over salsa. Spread remaining batter over top of cheese.
  4. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until edges are set but center still moves slightly.
  5. Cool completely in pan on wire rack; remove side of springform pan.
  6. Spread remaining salsa over top; sprinkle with remaining cheese and green onion. Serve with tortilla chips.

Makes 24 appetizer servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/24 of recipe): Calories: 160 Calories from Fat: 120 Total Fat: 14 g Saturated Fat: 8 g Cholesterol: 60 mg Sodium: 230 mg Carbohydrates: 4 g Dietary Fiber: .5 g Sugars: 1 g Protein: 6 g

Recipe and photograph are the property of Nestlé® & Meals.com, used with permission.