Reindeer Droppings

It’s December! And that means Christmas is just around the corner! In the holiday season spirit, I thought I’d share my favorite holiday appetizer recipe.

Alright, so the name of this dish might sound gross (and as far as dips go, creamy dips don’t generally look super appealing), but the humor in it is part of why I love it so much (not to mention how awesome it tastes). My mom got this recipe from a coworker while I was in grade school and it has since become an annual holiday tradition in our family. It’s one of the foods I look forward to the most at the holidays! 

We’ve shared it a few times with other crowds over the years and, once people get over the initial reaction to the name (after which the name makes most people curious enough to try it), they’ve always loved it. We never have leftovers of this recipe. :)

  

Reindeer Droppings

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Owens original breakfast sausage
  • 2 cans Original Rotel tomatoes
  • 4 8oz blocks of cream cheese

Directions:

  1. Open the packages of cream cheese, cut the cream cheese into cubes, and set it aside to allow it to soften (for easier mixing) while you brown the sausage.
  2. Brown the breakfast sausage in a pan, crumbling it to the size that you want before it starts to cook.
  3. Set the breakfast sausage aside to cool to room temperature on a paper towel to absorb the excess fat. Blot it as needed to remove any remaining fat.
  4. In a large bowl, gradually mix first the juice from the tomatoes, then the tomatoes, into the cream cheese, adding a little bit at a time to prevent the cream cheese from lumping.
  5. When the breakfast sausage is completely cool, mix it into the cream cheese and tomato mixture.
  6. If you’re making the recipe ahead of time, cover and refrigerate it at this point.
  7. When you’re ready to serve, heat the mixture until it’s hot and flows/dips easily without being runny:
    • Crock pot: Cover the crock pot and warm on the lowest heat setting, stirring periodically.
    • Oven: Cover the baking dish loosely with foil and warm on very low heat, stirring periodically.
    • Microwave: Warm small quantities at a time, stirring partway through, since microwaved food tends to not hold heat for as long.
  8. Serve with tortilla chips. 

Tips:

  • You can make this recipe 1-2 days ahead of time. Keep it in the refrigerator and warm it before serving.
  • 1 batch serves 1 event. 2 batches can be split for 2-3 events.
  • If you make a half recipe for a small gathering, cut the entire sausage package in half, cover the end of the unused half, and freeze it for use in another batch or breakfast later.
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