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I created this recipe after being inspired by several variations that I've had in the past.

Here's my 'Alaska Spin' on this delightful appetizer
You are able to make it to your exact spiciness level versus my medium version ~
simply substitute milder salsa for a lighter dip
or hotter salsa for a dip with more zest...

Yields: 6 to 8 servings
Prep: 15 Mins.
Bake 23-25 Mins.


1 lb extra-lean moose burger
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/4 teaspoon granulated onion
1 pkg. dry cheesy taco seasoning mix
2 cups medium salsa (from Costco)
1 cup Mexican-blend shredded cheese
1 cup shredded medium cheddar cheese
1 (4 oz. pkg.) cream cheese, cubed at room temperature
--2 green onions (both white and green parts), sliced

Atop dip/mini-biscuits:
1 pkg. Grand Biscuits, quartered and formed into balls
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon dry cilantro


Preheat oven to 350 degrees, while placing rack on lower 2/3'rds of oven, including placing a medium-size pan on the rack (you'll later be placing the cast iron skillet on this to catch potential drips).

Heat a seasoned, 10" medium-size cast iron skillet to medium high heat on the stovetop, then brown the burger with 1/4 teaspoon each of granulated garlic and granulated onion. After about 5 minutes of browning, add the cheesy taco seasoning and salsa, stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes.  Turn off heat and fold in the three cheeses, just until melted and combined. Sprinkle top-center of mixture with green onions.

While reserving 9, place remaining biscuit balls around the perimeter. Place the reserved 9; one in center, and other 8 around it (see above photo).

Melt in the microwave the butter in a ramekin with 1/2 teaspoon of granulated garlic for 30 seconds. Using a pastry brush to combine. Brush the butter mixture gently over all biscuit balls. Sprinkle biscuit balls with 1 teaspoon dry cilantro and some paprika.

Place cast iron skillet in the preheated oven atop the hot pizza pan and bake for 23-25 minutes, until all biscuits are golden brown. Let hot dip cool 5 minutes (so you don't burn yourself), then serve immediately family style. ~ Enjoy!

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