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Just this past August, my grandma Janie, moved out of her house, after living there for 55 years. The house in Miami where I’d been going to visit a few times a year since I was only a few weeks old. The house where my sisters and I spent every Thanksgiving for the last 15 years or so, complete with drinking wine, eating fresh fish, swimming, working on the New York Times’ crossword puzzles while laying out by the pool, and of course, eating yummy food (always). The house that smells like humidity, nostalgia and a hint of chlorine wafting in from the patio.
It was bittersweet to help her pack up the house but our family has lots of wonderful memories spending hours in the kitchen, watching my uncle Eliot carefully prepare the classic dinner salad, complete with fire-breathing garlic dressing while sampling today’s vino selection. And all the while we were emptying out the drawers and cabinets in her kitchen to prepare for the move, a special dish was handed to my sister, Melissa.
The dish – the large brown dish with the little handle on the end. The dish that my grandma always used to serve her hot, creamy mushroom dip. I know, it’s just a dish. Believe me. But it doesn’t feel right to serve this dip in anything but. So much so, that when I decided to re-create it my kitchen, I HAD to go find my version of the mushroom dip server – complete with the little handle and all. Granted it didn’t taste the same, but that’s always the case when food memories are at play.
Something about sitting in those swivel chairs at her kitchen counter, scooping a big heap of cheesy, creamy mushroom spread onto a crispy cracker and spending time with family. THIS is what I love about food. About family and memories and how it brings people together. It sounds so cliche, but it makes me feel at home.
So here you go, dear readers. Enjoy making this super simple, yet super rich and satisfying dip.
PS – this would make an insanely rich and creamy addition to your next pasta dish! Just use a bit of the “dip” as a sauce and you’ve got an unctuous, savory and umami yummines to your spaghetti! #DROOL
PPS – WARNING. Ultra delicious. Will not want to share with others. Proceed with caution.
Grandma Janie’s Hot Mushroom Dip Recipe
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 1 cup white button mushrooms, chopped
- 1/2 white onion, diced
- 1 8 oz. cream cheese package, softened
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
Pre-heat oven to 325F
Saute the onions and mushrooms in butter in a pan on medium heat.
Remove the pan from the heat and wait 5 minutes until cooled.
Add the onion and mushroom mixture to a baking dish and add the softened cream cheese, egg, salt and pepper and mix well.
Bake for 25 minutes until creamy and bubbly.
Serve hot with crackers or sliced veggies!