Alright! We are getting back into another Make Your Own Happy Hour Adventure! There’s nothing like scouring the internet looking for the perfect recipe to indulge in. I do my best to find recipes that are manageable for everyone that reads the Adventures so they can create it at home themselves. But then again maybe I also find recipes that are easy on me as well because sometimes I like to take it easy as well.

Melty Goodness

Well doesn’t that look like a huge cast-iron skillet of delicious goodness! I sadly don’t own a big cast-iron skillet myself but luckily my roommate does which he kindly lets me use. I do own a miniature cast-iron skillet though. However, when I say miniature I do mean miniature because the whole circumference can fit in the palm of my hand, and the depth of it is like a centimeter which doesn’t give one much room for cooking in. I’m getting off-topic because I’m sure the question you are asking yourself is, “How do I get to this final stage?”

Fall Drink Ingredients

But before I answer that question how about we get a drink in hand first? I’m thinking since we are still in the fall it is time for another autumn-inspired cocktail to partake in. You may remember that wonderful Autumn Garden Cocktail from my Apple Happy Hour Adventure. But don’t worry we don’t have to squeeze any apples to get apple juice this time around. We are keeping things simple by just using three ingredients: Honeycrisp Apple Cider, Spiced Rum, and cinnamon sticks. When I want a warm drink in hand to warm the soul then the drink I reach for is apple cider. I’m sure most of you reading this leans more towards the hot chocolate route but I’ll probably be upsetting people by saying this but I’m not much of a hot chocolate drinker.

Spiced Apple Cider

  • 1 part Spiced Rum

  • 2 parts Honeycrisp Apple Cider

  • 1 cinnamon stick

Spiced Apple Cider

The liquor that comes to mind when I think of fall or the holidays is spiced rum. I know when most people think of rum they think of tropical islands with palm trees swaying with the ocean lapping onto the sand. But when it’s spiced rum those hints of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg bring on the tastes of fall. These flavors pair very well with apple cider which is the closest you’ll get from picking an apple straight from the tree and putting a straw in it. Be sure to heat your apple cider because that’s what makes apple cider the perfect beverage to be sipping on a brisk fall evening. Then, if you are a big fan of cinnamon, you can add a cinnamon stick to enhance that cinnamon flavor. It is all about finding the perfect ratio of spiced rum and apple cider because too much rum will overcome all of the wonderful apple notes.

Ingredients Ready To Go

It’s finally time to dive into prepping the appetizer for this Adventure! You may recognize a few of these ingredients from the Cheesy Chorizo Bites Adventure. If you have an excellent memory then you may remember that I had some extra filling from that Adventure and I ended up making a dip with it. Don’t worry though because this dip will have some extra ingredients that you didn’t see last time. Those key differences are the onion, green onion, mayonnaise, butter, thyme, and mozzarella cheese.

Caramelized Onions

Since I’ve shown you plenty of pictures of chorizo being cooked I’m going to skip that part and get to the unique aspect of this dish, caramelized onions. You’ll start by putting three tablespoons of butter in your cast iron skillet or whatever skillet you have that can be put in the oven. After melting the butter it is time to throw in your diced yellow onion and get to seasoning with salt and thyme. You’ll want to cook them on low for 20 minutes until they are that golden brown that you expect from caramelized onions.

Ready for the Oven

In a bowl, you’ll want to combine your cream cheese and mayo until thoroughly combined and soft. Then you’ll add in your mozzarella cheese, green onions, caramelized onions, and chorizo. After making sure all the ingredients are integrated throughout then it is time to throw it all in that cast-iron skillet and throw it in the oven for 13-15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then once pulled out you’ll see all of that bubbly cheese just waiting to be devoured. If you like your green onions then a couple of fresh diced green onions on top doesn’t hurt either.

Chorizo & Caramelized Onion Dip

We all know the variety of different dipping vessels one can use for dips whether it be pretzels from the Beer Dip Adventure to the classic tortilla chip from the Spinach and Artichoke Dip Adventure. This time around I decided that two dipping vessels would be required so I can mix things up a bit. I went with the classic tortilla chip, along with some toasted baguette slices with olive oil. Talk about carb overload, huh? 

Open-Faced Sandwich

As expected the same flavors that I got from the cheesy chorizo bites could be found in this dip. Of course, you get the creaminess from the cream cheese to the gooeyness of the mozzarella cheese. The spicy chorizo is always there to add some flare whenever you need it. The rising star ingredient in this appetizer is the caramelized onions. These onions have a melody of sweetness and buttery goodness to them that helps to add a great richness to the dip. My favorite dipping vessel for this particular dish has got to be the baguette because it is a much sturdier vessel to hold this satisfying dip. Plus it has a lot more substance to fill you up more especially if you are treating the appetizer as your meal.

Website: Chorizo & Caramelized Onion Dip

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Since we had some Apple Cider and Spice Rum for a little holiday drink I have this question for you. What is your favorite holiday drink?

Let me know down below in the comments and be sure to share with friends and family that would enjoy this Happy Hour.

May the adventures continue! Cheers!

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  1. My mom made a pumpkin pie martini once that was alright. Other than that I don't have a particular favorite. It's always just whatever wine or beer is around. If I were to come up with something though, I might try to find a recipe that included a pear flavor cuz I've always associated pears with the holidays. It sounds weird, I know, but out of town family always sends us Harry & David pears as a holiday gift which is likely where my association comes from, and I've been seeing a lot of cool looking pear drink recipes pop up. One day I'll get around to trying them.

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