Virginia – Texas – Oklahoma – Whatever!

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Tis the season to be eating…or that’s the way it is around here. Between Thanksgiving and New Years Day, Americans consume more calories than any other time of the year, but based on all of the holiday pastry baking going on all over the rest of the world, I’m thinkin’ we aren’t alone!!

Office parties, neighborhood get-togethers, church luncheons and private bashes make up the months of November through January 1st, and finger foods and hors d’oeuvres occupy every hostess’ or host’s brain. Of course, these days, the fat content and calories are considered as well – maybe! I thought that for the next few posts, I would give you some of our favorite goodies that can be prepared either lower calorie or the good ol’ Southern way. I’ve been making most of these recipes for years of entertaining and they are easy and delicious.

This first one was given to me by my friend, Mary, wayyyyy back in the late 1970′s. Having grown up in Virginia, Mary was proud of her state and her heritage and treated me to this concoction called Virginia Hot Dip. I loved it and immediately got her recipe. That IS the official name – however, if you are from Tennessee, you can call it Tennessee Hot Dip or from Michigan – it can be Michigan Hot Dip. I think that we should just label it as the 50 state treat that it is!! So here is the recipe. It takes all of maybe 15 minutes to prepare and then 20 minutes to bake. It can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator until just before time for serving, at which time it is baked and then served hot.

Virginia Hot Dip


(This recipe can be doubled, tripled, quadrupled and any other ‘uple’ you wish according to your crowd size)

1/2 cup chopped pecans (I use a little more)
1 Tbsp. butter (for low fat use 1 tsp)
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened (fat-free or Neufchatel is fine for lower calorie and fat)
1/2 cup sour cream (light sour cream works well too)
2 Tablespoons milk (skim or 2% for lower calorie)
1 Tablespoon minced onion
1 1/2 (2 oz) package Carl Buddig original sliced beef or any other dried beef brand
1/2 tsp garlic salt

Printable Recipe



Place cream cheese, sour cream, onions, milk and garlic salt into a mixing bowl.


You can make your own garlic salt by adding 2 Tablespoons of salt and 1 Tablespoon of garlic powder into a small jar and shaking to mix. These amounts can be increased proportionally for larger batches.


Cream ingredients until smooth


Slice and chop beef into small pieces


Add beef to the creamed mixer and mix well


Spoon mixture into a greased casserole dish. I use spray on olive oil to grease my dish.


Melt butter in a skillet


Add chopped pecans and lightly saute in the butter.


Sprinkle pecans evenly over the surface of the creamed mixture. At this point, the mixture can be chilled until it is ready to use. Just before time to serve, bake at 350º for 20 minutes and allow to cool just slightly before serving with crackers.



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12 Responses to “

Virginia – Texas – Oklahoma – Whatever!

  1. Deborah Floyd says:

    It is delicious! LB made it for us. Thanks for sharing I forgot to get the recipe from her.

  2. Great, Deborah! She’s a great cook! :-)

  3. Diane C. says:

    That’s an interesting dip. I’m a product of the 70′s also and the 60′s and….

    Anyway, i don’t remember this dip. But looks good. I remember a cheese ball similar with chipped beef in it??? Do they even have chipped beef anymore?


  4. Jennifer says:

    Ooh – sort of like a bacon cheeseburger dip! Jennifer in western NC

  5. Well, Diane, I think that Carl Buddig beef is referred to as chipped beef, but it isn’t the chipped beef that you and I grew up with! You have to try the dip. You’ll love it! and you are entered.

  6. Bacon cheeseburger dip, Jennifer? Hmmmm. You are entered!!

  7. Ken Roper says:

    Love your recipes, MB!! I use my pastry cloth for so many things — breads, biscuits, cookie doughs, pie dough, etc. Thanks for making me a convert!

  8. Thank you, Ken!!! How kind of you to say so. And you are entered!

  9. Jennifer says:

    Ha ha lol – my comment was after a looong day with all three grandbabies :). I failed to type:

    What about bacon instead of the pecans! Then you have bacon cheeseburger dip. My brain got to “ooh” before my fingers typed the idea. Most embarrassing. Jennifer in western NC

  10. Jennifer, now THAT’S an idea. Hmmmm. That’s cute. And I TOTALLY get the brain freeze after grandbabies. I just have one, but she takes every bit of my energy and brain power to stay one step ahead!!!

  11. I have LOVED following your blog! I’m so excited to see that you pastry cloth business is growing and I’m excited to try a lot of these recipes! just wanted to say hi!

  12. Well, Hi Sarah!!!! So glad to hear from you. :-) And thank you sooo much for reading the blog! Hope you are feeling well – in that motherly way – giggle!! :-)

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