My friend Dixie gave me a cookbook recently and I absolutely love it. The name of the cookbook is Cooking with Authority and it was compiled and published by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority based in Charlotte, NC. As I looked through the book, I realized that I do not have a cookbook from the Charlotte area and I really should. My first job after school was in downtown Charlotte and that is where I met my husband. We lived in Huntersville in northern Mecklenburg county and my daughter was born at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. As I read through the cookbook, it brought back memories of our start in the Charlotte area.
When I saw the first recipe I am sharing with you today, I knew for a fact that sometime over the Christmas season I will make this dip. It includes cream cheese and dried beef and those are my favorite ingredients in a cheese ball. I have never seen the combination in a dip and even though the recipe recommends baking at 325 degrees for 30 minutes, I think it could be adapted to a crockpot. The second recipe is chilled and served with crackers. I think either one or both would be a good choice for a family gathering or party.
I have been sharing recipes for some of the wonderful sweet treats of the season but there just isn’t anything better than a creamy dip or cheese ball. Hope you enjoy this and happy Monday everyone.