We must appear to be Halloween misers - it's true we turn off all the lights and don't hand out candy to people who venture to knock at our door on October the 31st. However, the truth is, we sneak out through the garage, and hasten to a friends house in the neighborhood. A wonderful group of neighbors gather together - the Dads typically take the kids from house to house, trick-or-treating and the Mums stay and hand out sweets and treats (and have a glass of wine).
We have attempted Halloween traditions at our house, but the street lighting is dim, and our sidewalks are uneven and overgrown in parts, so we dont have many brave souls willing to risk a real live fright, like tripping over irregular concrete, for candy.
I loaded up my basket with two big bags of candy, a hostess gift, a bottle of wine, a box of crackers and this Hot and Spicy Pimento Cheese Dip.
HOT AND SPICY PIMENTO CHEESE DIP
1 onion, finely diced
1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups pepper jack cheese, shredded
1 (4-ounce) jar of diced pimentos, drained
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
salt and pepper
crackers to serve
Heat oven to 350F.
Cook onion in a skillet, until softened, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheeses and pimentos. Remove from heat, add the hot pepper sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Spoon into baking dish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
Serve with crackers.