Creamy Red Pepper and Collard Greens Dip

Even though the Superbowl is right around the corner, I’m just not that in to it this year… Maybe it’s because I don’t care about either of the teams playing. Maybe it’s because with the move I’ve been distracted and haven’t been into football much at all this year…

Creamy Red Pepper and Collard Greens Dip

Not really being in to the GAME, doesn’t mean I’m not in to the food associated with the big game. Football food is one of my favorites. It’s all snacky and portable and indulgent. Take this dip for example. It can be made ahead of time then just heated when you get to your Superbowl party. And, it’s unique enough to stand out from the array of buffalo chicken dip, caramelized onion dip, and whatever other dips are on the spread.

Creamy Red Pepper and Collard Greens Dip

Depending on the size of the gathering you’re going to, I like to serve this in individual ramekins. A couple people can share one little dish and it works perfectly for smaller football watching gatherings.

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Creamy Red Pepper and Collard Greens Dip

Yield: Serves 12-14


2 slices bacon
1 small onion, chopped (~1 cup)
1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
1 lb fresh collard greens, trimmed of stalks and veins, chopped (~6 cups)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 8-oz pkg cream cheese, cubed and softened
1/2 cup (2 oz) Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a 12-inch skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towel. Set aside.

Discard all but 2 teaspoons of bacon drippings from skillet. Add onion and sweet pepper to skillet, and cook over medium heat until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.

Add collard greens and garlic; cover and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Add cream cheese, cheese, sour cream, salt and red pepper flakes (if using) to the collard mixture, stirring until combined.

Crumble bacon and add to collard mixture.

Spread mixture in a 1-1/2-quart casserole dish, 9-inch pie plate, or individual ramekins. Bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Serve with vegetable strips, chips or crackers for dipping.

Recipe from Ezra Pound Cake

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11 Responses to “Caramelized Butternut Squash”

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    Pam — November 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I have been loving Butternut Squash more than ever this season, myself! Your pictures are lovely, and making me hungry!

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    Lauren — November 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I LOVE butternut squash… especially when roasted until slightly crisp on the outside. Your caramelized version looks great – I will need to add a touch of brown sugar and butter next time I make it.

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    Boston Food Diary — November 15, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    YUM!!! I started my butternut squash kick this weekend- this looks amazing!

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    Melissa — November 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I have a butternut squash from my CSA that I’m dying to cut into. I have a question though, how does one peel a butternut squash?

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    Jen — November 15, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Melissa – I like to use a Y-shaped vegetable peeler to peel the skin off. You could do it with a knife, but I would be worried about cutting myself.

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    Julie — November 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous way to prepare those squash. I’ll have to remember this for if we have another bumper crop next year!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — November 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Jen, nice seeing you again yesterday. I usually roast my butternut squash with brown sugar too but I can’t believe I never thought of adding butter! I usually omit the salt and pepper because I like it very dessert-like, so I add cinnamon too 🙂

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    Paula — November 15, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    what a great blog!
    here is so many inspirations,

    have a nice time,

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    Megan — November 16, 2010 at 12:49 am

    I love butternut squash too. It’s definitely delicious with just a bit of brown sugar. Sometimes I go a bit overboard and roast it with a whole lot of butter, brown, sugar, and maple syrup.

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    theblogisthenewblack — November 16, 2010 at 2:46 am

    This looks amazing! I love bn squash. I just made a fantastic soup, and now I want to carmelize it!

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — November 19, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    This is such a simple way to cook butternut squash and yet SO delicious! I’m loving your butternut squash blog posts!

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