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JULIE WELLS: Kick off football season with this cheesy, creamy pepperoni dip

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Pepperoni dip is rich, cheesy and creamy dip, that may be served with bagel bites. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

Pepperoni dip is rich, cheesy and creamy dip, that may be served with bagel bites. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Julie Wells writes a weekly food column for The Rockdale Citizen in Covington.

College football is just about ready to kick-off for the season, and I’ve been saving this recipe for this very occasion.

My mother-in-law, Janie Wells, had been telling me about this pepperoni dip — today’s featured recipe — that a friend of hers had been raving about. Well, I finally was able to speak with her friend, who wanted to remain nameless, and get the “dish” on this recipe.

Let me forewarn you, this is not a diet-friendly dish, but it is a pepperoni and cheese lover’s dream. Hopefully, you’ll be able to add this to your go-to recipes when people just stop by or you are whipping up appetizers and snack food for the many game days that some of us are about to embark upon.

Our friend — you know, the one who didn’t want to be named — said she makes this dip in a mini Crock Pot and is able to keep the dip warm while the festivities are going on.

You’ll want to keep an eye on this creamy, cheesy dip and be sure to stir it every once in a while, whether you are keeping it warm on the stove top or in the Crock Pot. You can even bake it in the oven for 15 minutes or so at 350 degrees.

Our friend suggested serving bite-sized bagel bites with this dip. You also might want to try toasted baguettes or even some of those flat crispy pretzels, that Pretzel Chips makes.

If you’ve got a great tailgate recipe you’d like to share, email the recipe to: julie.wells@rockdalecitizen.com.

PEPPERONI DIP

What you need …

Two cans of cream of chicken soup

Two (8 ounce) packets of cream cheese, softened

Two packages of mini pepperonis

Plain bagels, cut into bite-sized pieces

What you do …

Melt the cream cheese and cream of chicken soup together over medium to low heat.

Add the pepperoni and stir thoroughly, cooking it together for 20-25 minutes.

Keep warm until ready to serve with bagel bites.

TIP: Two packages of mini pepperonis does add a bit of a kick to the dip, you might want to use just one package at a time.