A Kansas State Tradition:
Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Dip
My fiancee, Darren, attended Kansas State University; as well as many of his family members. His Uncle even owns the well known Campus Hairstyling, a little barber shop located in downtown Manhattan, KS. This has become a favorite spot of mine in the state, and it's served as the platform of many great memories.
** The first time I heard of this dish (most famously featured at Manhattan, Kansas favorite, "So Long Saloon"), I thought, Erhmagersh, that sounds awful!... Modern Family Star Eric Stonestreet, a K-State alum, said it best when he asked what he should order when we were seated next to him at the So Long. We suggested he order the famous dip and he looked at it and said, 'that looks like what's going to come up tomorrow morning, not what I should be eating tonight!' He's a great guy in person, so long as you don't underestimate the Wildcats when they play the Kansas Jayhawks. When I thought that it was a little optimistic that the Wildcats would hold the Jayhawks to only 7 points, he proceeded to look at me and say, "Who're You?!" Darren's brother said "Oh, she's from Ohio." Mr. Stonestreet proceeded to make a face and jokingly wave me off! A great memory I will always cherish, my first celebrity shunning!**
The dip, once stirred after cooking, looks like a creamy mixture resembling the K-State powercat purple. It's got the rich cheese taste and sweet raspberry sauce with just enough bite to keep you coming back for more! Great hot or cold! Try it at your next family get together or sporting event!
Here's how it goes...
1- 8 oz package Cream Cheese
1- can Black Beans, drained
1- Small Onion, diced
2 tbsp- Butter
Pinch- Kosher Salt
Pinch- Black Pepper
4 tbsp- Raspberry Chipotle Sauce(I use Bronco Bob's)
Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a saucepan, heat butter, add onions, and saute until translucent and browned. Add to a mixing bowl with the cream cheese and mix. Set aside. In a separate saucepan, pour in the black beans. Sprinkle in a pinch of cumin, salt, and pepper. Mix until hot, being careful not to mush the beans. In an oven safe dish, place the cream cheese mixture into the center. Spread the beans around the perimeter of the cheese. Using a spoon, make a dent in the cheese. Pour the raspberry sauce in the dent. Dust the top with a thin layer of shredded pepper jack. Place the dish in the oven until cheese is melted and the dip is heated through (about 10-15 mins). Mix ingredients together or serve as is. Turn on the game and wait for Darren to start shouting.
(For Darren, and of course, Mr. Stonestreet)