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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Hill Country Pecan Spread

This dip is great on crackers or veggies. You can also serve it on baked potatoes. The jalapenos give it a little zip, but not too much. Delicious!

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp milk
2 oz. dried beef, chopped (come in a jar by the canned meats)
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
2 Tbsp minced onion
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 1/4 tsp pepper
1-2 Tbsp chopped pickled jalapenos
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Use electric mixer to blend everything except butter and pecans. Pour into 1-quart baking dish.

Melt butter over medium heat. Saute pecans in butter until light brown. Spread over cream cheese mixture. Bake @ 350 for 20 minutes.

Serves 8 to 10

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