Instant Pot Arkansas Pig Sooie–a savory hot ham dip with caramelized onions, hot sauce, cream cheese and white cheddar. Serve with tortilla chips, crackers or baguette slices for a perfect game day or party snack.
Instant Pot Arkansas Pig Sooie
There’s a game I like to play called “is this really that good or am I just super hungry?” I decided that this Instant Pot Arkansas Pig Sooie Dip would be good if I was hungry or not. It is just completely addicting. I couldn’t stop eating chip after chip with this amazing dip on top. I think you’ll really love it too!
If you’re familiar with Arkansas you know that the Razorbacks love to call in the hogs. A chant of “Wooo Pig Sooie” is known worldwide as a Hog Call. This dip is a nod to the Razorbacks. My recipe was adapted from Buy This Cook That.
The dip starts by using the Instant Pot to quickly caramelize some onions. All you do to caramelize onions in the Instant Pot is turn the pot to the sauté setting, melt butter and toss some thinly sliced onions and baking soda into the butter. The baking soda raises the PH which assists in speeding up the Maillard reaction (browning of the onions that gives it that sweet, golden flavor). As soon as the onions start releasing moisture and yellowing a bit you cancel off the sauté setting, cover the pot and pressure cook the onions for just 4 minutes with a quick release. This process sure beats the painstakingly long process that it usually takes to caramelize onions on the stove.
Even if you don’t like onions (ahem, Greg) you will like these caramelized onions. They give the dip a richness of flavor and a slight sweetness. Don’t skip the onions! If you are a huge fan of caramelized onions I would add a second onion as well.
With three kinds of cheese (cream cheese, sharp white cheddar cheese and monterey jack cheese) how could this dip not be good? The cheeses compliment each other and each have their own unique flavor. White cheddar isn’t something I usually have on hand but I did use it for this recipe. According to what I’ve read on the internet it seems that orange cheddar and white cheddar are pretty much the same thing. So if you want you can use sharp orange cheddar cheese in the place of sharp white cheddar cheese. I do recommend grating the cheese off the block rather than using pre-shredded cheese which doesn’t melt as nicely and seems to clump up.
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A savory hot ham dip with caramelized onions, hot sauce, cream cheese and white cheddar. Serve with tortilla chips, crackers or baguette slices for a perfect game day or party snack.
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 large yellow or Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼–½ cup water
- 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
- 1 (8 oz) package of cubed ham
- 4 oz sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
- 4 oz Monterey jack cheese, shredded
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- 2 Tbsp Frank’s Hot Sauce
- 2 green onions, diced
- Turn Instant Pot to sauté setting. When display says HOT add in the butter and let melt. Add in the onions and baking soda and toss. Cook until the onions start releasing moisture and turning yellow (only takes 2-3 minutes). Pour in the water (if using 3 quart pot add in ¼ cup water, if using 6 quart add in ½ cup water). Scrape bottom of pot so that nothing is sticking.
- Turn off the sauté setting. Dump the cream cheese on top of the onions. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 4 minutes. When time is up move valve to venting to release pressure. Remove the lid.
- Stir in the ham, white cheddar, monterey jack, paprika, hot sauce and green onions until melted and smooth.
- Serve with tortilla chips, crackers, baguette slices or raw vegetables. Keep warm in the Instant Pot on the keep warm setting.
I used my 3 Quart Instant Pot* and it was the perfect size for making and serving this dip.
If possible, grate the cheese off the block rather than using pre-shredded cheese which doesn’t melt as nicely and seems to clump up.
- Category: Dip
- Method: Instant Pot
*Karen Petersen is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.