4th of July


Here is a recipe I first had a few months ago at a school event in which our PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization) parents carried in a meal for teachers.  When I was thinking this past week what to make for our annual 4th of July barbecue … I thought this would be the perfect dish to make because it is red, festive and fun to eat. When I took the first bite of this Raspberry Dip I quickly feel in love with the taste.  It’s unusual and very addictive so be careful not to overeat. -:) Several who were together when the first bites were taken were saying things like…”Wow – this is delicious!”… “What is in this?”… “Who made this?”  We were all trying to figure out what ingredients were included.  Some said… cheese (that was the obvious one).  Someone said, “I taste onion,” and another person said “It’s raspberry preserves on the top.”  With further investigation the recipe was tracked down and I have made it several times since.  No doubt – You will be as surprised I was when I saw the ingredients contained within this recipe.  

3 cups finely shredded mild cheddar cheese
1 cup real mayonnaise
1 cup chopped pecans
1 bunch green onions
1 jar raspberry preserves
Mix cheese with mayonnaise, pecans and however much green onions that you like. Use the green stem of the green onions to add the green color.  Spread in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.  Top with raspberry preserves and refrigerate.  Serve with crackers of choice.  If you want to make ahead of time, make the bottom layer and refrigerate.  Then spread the preserves on the top right before serving.
(from the kitchen of Bobbi and Bonita)
For fun….use a cookie cutter, cut into the shape of a star (or shape of your choice) to serve.
QUESTION:  What do you think?