Betty the Bunny was having friends over and needed a super-tasty snack that everyone would love! She remembered her Hot Wings Dip and how it's a huge crowd-pleaser. She has perfected this recipe for the past 3 years and everyone loves it! Bunny made a double batch to make sure some would be left over- it's so good! The dip is also super-easy to freeze in individual serving sizes and taste just as good reheated! Fantastic for parties, football games, or just a tasty snack!
The nice thing is that all of these ingredients can be kept around the house, so when you get a sudden craving (as Bunny often does) you have everything already at home!
2 10 Oz cans of chicken (it really is just easier to use canned chicken- frozen takes forever to cook and you don't notice any different in taste.)
1/2 Bag of frozen spinach
1/3 Large bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch (Bonny has tried using off-brand ranches, but none of them make the dip as tasty as Hidden Valley.)
1/2 Onion, chopped (fresh is the best, but frozen works as well and can always be stocked)AND
1/4 Onion, chopped
1 Clove garlic minced (canned garlic is fine)
About 1/3 container of 3 oz of onion powder
3 Tablespoons of hot sauce
3 Teaspoons of liquid smoke
1 Tablespoon of chilli powder (Don't leave out the chilli powder!)
1 Tablespoon black pepper
2 Teaspoons red pepper (This isn't as important and can be left out.)
A little bit of canola oil- don't use olive oil! It ruins the flavor. Butter works as well.
1 Packet cream cheese
Important! Make to taste! Bunny never actually measures- this was the first time she did so so she could share the recipe with you. :) Tastetastetaste the dip as you add the seasonings.
THE SECRET: The secret to this recipe is the onion. It really makes all the difference- it looks like a lot of onion, and it is- the onion brings out the flavor- the more onion powder/onion the better.
Remember, Bunny made a double batch, so there's more of everything in the photos than you'll need.
Put thin layer of canola oil in the bottom of a large pot with 1/2 of an onion and 1 clove of garlic. Cook on high until dark brown- slightly burnt on the edges is even better- it adds a delightful crunch and a deeper, smoky flavor.
Turn stove to medium or medium-low. Add ranch- do not add cream cheese first! It curdles! Stir until blended. Add 1/2 bag of frozen spinach and cream cheese.
Drain water from canned chicken in bowl. You can use this for other things: to help flavor soup, risotto, fried rice, or feed to pets- they love it, or water plants with it- they love it too. :)
Add chicken and all the other ingredients. Continue stirring and keeping on heat until everything is blended. Turn off heat and add uncooked 1/4 chopped onion.
You'll want it to be about this color: It should be super spicy!
To make it even better- spread in a pan and broil in the oven- this slightly crisps the top and makes it amazing.
You can also add corn to make the dip have more vegetables- it doesn't affect the flavor and makes it a little more healthy.
Milk is the best thing to have with the dip- it helps cool down the heat and the flavors of the milk and dip compliment amazingly.
Hot Wings Dip is also great for making Fried Hot Wings Delights! Yum!
Delicious Recipes Page to see other tasty food ideas!