Happy Friday! Happy Super Bowl Weekend! Happy birthday to my wonderful hand model / reflector board holder / taste-tester / incredibly patient boyfriend!
Such skill. Look at the finesse with which James shows off this Slow Cooker Sweet Heat Kielbasa Dip. Truly a thing of beauty.
I’m not sure if I’m talking about his hand or the dip. Both? Probably both.
Anyway, since James’ birthday falls on Super Bowl weekend, we’re going all out– and by “all out,” I mean we’re not binge-watching HBO series and doing blog work like we usually do on the weekends. I may even decide to leave my computer at home and not cook so that I have more time for celebrating (shocking, I know)!
Okay, I’m lying. I have to cook; The Super Bowl is on Sunday. It’s practically blasphemous not to. But I’m telling you, I’m just throwing stuff in my slow cooker and calling it a day!
If it was possible to have an inanimate object as a soul mate, and if I believed in soul mates, and if James didn’t exist, then my slow cooker would be mine. Instead of slaving away over a hot stove (that’s a thing that people say, right?), I just chop, measure, mix, set it, and forget it– until it’s time to eat, that is. It’s gloooorious.
This dip is a prime example of just how awesome simple slow-cooked recipes can be. Jalapenos, hot sauce, apricot preserves, lots of cheese, and kielbasa come together with practically no effort at all to make a sweet and spicy starter that’s even easier to dig into. It’s simple to make ahead of time and then just keep on the “warm setting” until you’re ready to serve, which is my favorite way to prepare for parties.Print
- 1.5 lbs kielbasa, diced small
- 2 8oz packages cream cheese
- 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup apricot preserves
- 4–5 jalapenos, diced, seeds and stems removed
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce, or to taste
- Salt, to taste
- Bread, chips, or pretzels, to serve
- Combine kielbasa, cheeses, mayonnaise, preserves, jalapenos, and hot sauce in a slow cooker and stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on low until cheese is entirely melted, stirring occasionally, about 4-5 hours.
- Taste and add salt and additional hot sauce as desired. Stir well. Switch to “warm” setting until ready to serve.
- Serve with french bread, chips, or pretzels.