Jalapeño Popper Dip

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Jalapeno Popper Dip is creamy, cheesy and has just the perfect amount of kick. Great appetizer for your next party or watching the big game!

Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:
16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup (227 grams) mayonnaise
8 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped
6 jalapeños, minced (if you can't get fresh, substitute a 4-ounce can diced jalapeño peppers, drained)
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon cumin
6 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1½ cups)

Topping:
1 cup (50 grams) panko breadcrumbs
1 cup (99 grams) grated Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons (57 grams) unsalted butter, melted

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, bacon, jalapenos, garlic, cumin and cheddar cheese in a mixing bowl. Transfer the mixture into 2-quart baking dish.
3. Combine the panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and melted butter in a small bowl, tossing with a fork until the mixture is evenly moistened. Sprinkle evenly over the cream cheese mixture.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the dip is bubbling. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips, crackers, vegetables, etc.