Hot Chipped Beef Dip

Hot Chipped Beef Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons cream
¼ cup sour cream
2 ½ oz. dried beef, finely chopped (alternative: fried bacon or pancetta, finely chopped)
2 tablespoons finely minced onion
2 tablespoons finely chopped green pepper
⅛ teaspoon pepper
¼ cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

In a medium bowl, use a wooden spoon to mix cream cheese, cream and sour cream. Add dried beef, onion, green pepper and pepper and mix together until combined. Spread evenly in a baking dish and sprinkle top with walnuts.

Before serving, bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, until top just starts to brown. Serve with crackers, substantial chips or cocktail breads. (Triscuits are perfect.)

To store: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days before baking, if desired, or bake and refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days.