Still need an appetizer for Super Bowl?
I know it's a little late for planning your Super Bowl appetizers, but that's kind of how this dish was first created. I was in grad school and we had a "spontaneous party" - probably a Friday when we allowed ourselves to have some beer and hang out with friends and take a break from studying. I needed a dip and didn't have time to go to the store. So I put together this concoction with stuff that are staples in my kitchen - tuna fish, lemons, cream cheese and of course jalapeños! Everyone loved it - even my Pennsylvania friends who weren't so much into my Texas inspired hot, spicy dishes.
For a long time I made this dip. It's easy and so convenient - again I usually had all the ingredients, except maybe the cream cheese. And it was "budget friendly" which was a definite plus on a grad school budget. But then I forgot about it. A few years ago, one of my friends from Penn State called and asked for the recipe. Well that was a fun and special memory - both hearing from a good fiend and remembering this yummy dish. Isn't it interesting how we form bonds through food!
I shared this recipe in my 2014 Cooking with Friends calendar. Here it is for you - in case you need that last minute spicy dip for your Super Bowl party. When I shared it with my friend from Pennsylvania, I told her she could add some cayenne if it wasn't hot enough. She thought that was funny . . . . p.s. my cats love it when I make this dip!
Spicy Tuna Dip
1 7 oz can tuna - drained
1 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
juice of 1/2 lemon or more (I like lots of lemon!)
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
dash Worcestershire sauce
1 or 2 pickled jalapeño peppers - minced
salt to taste
cayenne - if you want it extra hot
Mix everything together. Add a little "jalapeño juice" (liquid in the pickled jalapeños) if it's too dry. Serve in a bowl sprinkled with paprika (optional). Good with crackers - and especially good with Fritos, my favorite forbidden food! Simple and delish.
I'm an artist living in Kansas City with my hubby and cats. My passions: colorful paintings, yummy food, and sharing my love of art and cooking with others.