Monday, July 9, 2012

RO-tel It On The Mountain

When we moved to our new digs a few weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to get cookin’ in my new-to-me kitchen.  I LOVE our little kitchen.  In particular, the stove that came with it.  It’s got a handy double oven that I’m sure I’ll put to good use when we entertain.  A couple of weeks after we “settled” in {far from it, actually}, I hosted a little family birthday party for my oldest.  We provided all the food and fixin’s and my menu consisted of several new finger foods.  This one called for bacon, cheese, mayo, and Rotel.  The ingredients had me at hello.  And when I took my first bite of these little bits of heaven, it had me singing!  Trust me, you’ll wanna “RO-tel it on the mountain” when you take your first bite, too!

ROTEL CUPS

adapted via kendallboggs.com

3 pkgs. mini fillo shells {in the frozen aisle}

1 can Rotel, drained almost all the way {I used Mild}

1 bag real bacon bits

1 1/2 cups shredded colby & monterrey jack cheese

1 cup mayonnaise

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C’mon people.  For an appetizer, it doesn’t get any easier. 

In a large bowl, mix together almost fully drained Rotel, bacon bits, and mayo until blended.

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Add in the cheese and stir until mixed.

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Now go ahead and fill your shells.  Don’t be too generous with the filling or you’ll end up with lots of unused shells at the end.  And you DON’T want any of them to go to waste!  I filled each with a partially filled tablespoon and then went back and added more to some of the cups that didn’t get their fair share of tastiness. 

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Are you worried about the combo of mayo/bacon/cheese/& Rotel?  DON’T!!!!!!!!!!  Just keep goin’.  Pop these in the oven and cook at 350 for about 15-20ish minutes.  They’ll be all golden and bubbly when they’re ready to come out.

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Hands down, these little cups are one of my most FAVORITE appetizers ever!!!  They’ve definitely found a permanent place in my app repertoire.  I can’t tell you how tasty they really are!  This recipe made A TON and there wasn’t one leftover by the night’s end.  That was due in part because of my disturbing consumption, but I couldn’t help it…you seriously can’t eat just one…or even 10 for that matter.  Try these out at your next get together and you’ll see why they have me singin’!!!  I’m pretty sure you’ll belt out a little tune, too!

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43 comments:

  1. Sounds yummy! Sure would be a break from the buffalo chicken dip I've made 3 times in the past week for parties.

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  2. Cara you had me at Rotel. I should just buy stock. My pantry always has at least 3 cans of it! These look fantastic. You make me enjoy learning new recipes!

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  3. These look amazing! I can't wait to have a reason to try them.

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  4. These look SO good! Can I have these for dinner tonight??

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  5. What grocery section do you find those little cups?

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  6. This looks delicious? How many shells did this end up making? They have them at Sam's and wanted to be sure I got the correct amount!

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  7. Yumm!!! I will definitely try theses!

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  8. those look so yummy! Can't wait for my next party I will defiantly be making me some, thanks for sharing!

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  9. Could you replace the mayo with cream cheese?

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  10. Sounds yummy! I think I will try this and maybe add some shredded chicken. Replacing mayo with cream cheese does sound good too!

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  11. I was wondering the same thing because I do not like mayo. Was thinking cream cheese or greek yogurt might work ?

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  12. Sounds wonderful! Sounds like a teeny-tiny BLT, but without the L... which leads me to wonder: would it be good to add some finely chopped lettuce to these cuties? Some places serve a chopped salad...so me thinks it just may work???

    BTW, I also keep Rotel on hand so when I DO want a sandwich with some tomato, and have none, I just open a can and squeeze it between two spoons and, voila! I have tomatoes (with a kick) for any sandwich!!

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  13. My mother had a recipe from the 60s or 70s that was very similar. It only has 3 tbsp of mayo though. She would combine 3/4 lb of Swiss, cheddar & American cheeses, 15 black olives (sliced or chopped), 1/2 jar Bacos (it was the 70s), 2 tbsp chopped parsley, 1/2 small onion chopped fine. You spread the mixture on a sliced up baguette or other bread. They were yummy & there were never any left no matter how many were made. Oh & I bet it is near impossible to detect the mayo. I wouldn't replace the mayo w/ cream cheese. It has a very different consistency. The mayo is just there to hold it all together. These are all just variations on a similar theme. :)

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  14. Are these good room temp? Thinking about them for a tailgate party.

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  15. I would not replace the mayo either. It is for consistency, I doubt you taste it. I have a couple of other dip recipes that use mayo only for consistency and people don't believe me they have mayo in them. These sound great! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I made these and you can definitely taste the mayo, in fact it has to much of a mayo taste for me. Would love to replace with sour cram or something else.

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  17. For those concerned about the mayo I think you could probably reduce the amount to 3/4 or maybe even 1/2 cup.

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  18. Did anyone bake the fillo cups before hand?

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  19. Could I prep these earlier in the day and then bake them during the party? I would like to have them ready before hand. Thanks!

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  20. Has anyone tried this using Scoops chips?

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  21. Has anyone tried this using Scoops chips?

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  22. Do you bake the fillo cups first or after you put the filling in? It sounds good, can't wait to try em!

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  23. Made these for a party Friday night, delicious!! So delicious in fact I'm making them again tonight for Xmas eve gathering. I did not cook my cups before, wasn't necessary. Just fill and bake. I even stored mine for about an hour prior to baking and had no issues. I don't know if I would recommend the scoops, but you could give it a try.

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  24. Wow! all these questions and comments from people and not one answer from the blogger... thats annoying.

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  25. Instead of leaving rude comments, you could try emailing her. I have been looking through old posts and notice she hasn't responded to many comments. She may not have her email notifications turned on. I'll email her now.

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    1. thanks for contacting me, Olivia! I appreciate the heads up! My email notifications were, infact, turned OFF. I only blog through Live Writer, so I wasn't getting on the blog to check old posts! Thanks for letting me know!

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  26. Today I made some but ran out of fillo cups because I couldn't find them anywhere to buy more. SO my husband thought of using the SCOOPS tortilla chips. We made them both ways and found that those who liked them actually preferred them in the Scoops chips. They said the texture seemed to match better, LOL.

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    1. Good to know! I need to try that next time!! Sounds YUM!

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  27. As for trying with cream cheese, there's a similar recipe using refried beans, salsa, cream cheese and shredded cheese, which might work the same way with the filo cups. The difference is you layer them in a dish and bake for about 40 minutes and serve as a layered dip with tortilla chips. But you could mix them together and it would probably taste the same.

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    1. That sounds really good, too! I agree...it would probably taste the same, but it's an awesome idea :)

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  28. Hi there!
    I just wanted to let you know that I have included this blog post as one of my "fabulous finds" for my "FIVE FABULOUS FINDS FRIDAY" post. I just loved these Ro-tel Cups! We made them for a few get-togethers and they were a big hit! If you have time, please come on by and check out the writeup. Have a great weekend! =D

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    1. Wow! Thanks so much! Can't wait to stop by!

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  29. We make these and add 4oz can (drained) of chicken to them and use light mayonnaise. I hate mayo and love these.

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  30. Coworker made these using Duke's mayo, full cup, for an office potluck DELISH!!!

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  31. Are these still good when they are cold?

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    1. I made these a few times and have shared the recipe with many people. I haven't had them cold but at room temp and they're still fantastic.

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    2. I've had them cold and they're just as good.

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  32. I just made these and they are amazing . I used half filo cups, half scoops and I like them better with the scoops.

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