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Grey Cup

Hockey may be known as Canada’s sport, and it is, but many of us love football as well.

Hockey may be known as Canada’s sport, and it is, but many of us love football as well. The Grey Cup is happening this month and if you’re like many families, you’ll invite your friends over for camaraderie and probably, appetizers. Here are a few classics that are not only easy to prepare, they are always a hit.

Seven-layer dip

I’ve yet to meet a person who doesn’t love seven-layer dip. It’s spice, it’s cheesy, and it’s a flavour explosion in your mouth. It’s almost as easy to make as it is to consume.

Seven Layer Dip

1. Refried beans. Old El Paso has great refried beans, and you can buy the fat-free version if you’re watching your calories. I like to sautee garlic, stir in the beans and then mix in ½ a packet of Old El Paso taco seasoning.

1.5. Sour Cream. Most store-bought layered dips have a layer of sour cream in between the refried beans and the guacamole but I use it in the other layers. If sour cream is something you can never get enough of, add it on top of the beans.

2. Guacamole. You can buy guacamole, or  you can mash two avocados with a dollop of sour cream and two teaspoons of cumin.

3. Salsa. Old El Paso Medium salsa is a staple in our house.

4. Cheese. I like to shred a blend of cheddar and mozzarella, but sometimes I’ll use jalapeno-flavoured cheese or even smoked cheese. Choose the cheese that completes you.

5. Tomatoes. Fresh if you can or store bought in the off-season.

6. Green onions. I love green onions but if you’re not a fan, feel free to leave them out.

7. Olives. These are optional as well but I happen to be a huge olive fan. 

Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers


9 Jalapeno peppers

1/2 block of cream cheese (I used the low fat variety and it was just as tasty, for those who care about counting calories).

Crushed pineapple – 4 Tbsp, or more if it makes you happy.

Bacon. (Or prosciutto if you like that better. I’ve made it with both.)


Cut jalapenos in half and hollow out (You can leave a seed or two in if you have a high tolerance for hotness.) (HINT: Use rubber gloves when handling said peppers.)

Mix cream cheese and pineapples together.

Fill hollowed out jalapeno peppers with cream cheese mixtures. Wrap with 1/2 a slice of bacon or prosciutto.

Bake at 375 until crispy ~ approximately 35 minutes.


Happy cheering!