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SANDRA'S HOT ALASKAN MOOSE TACO DIP and MINI-BISCUIT APPETIZER

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
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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.

INGREDIENTS

Dip:
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
Paprika

METHOD:

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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