“What's in the dip?” Thanks to your way with spices, that’s what guests will be asking as they wonder why your dips are so delicious and distinctive. Here are some tips to help you whip up your very own version of the ultimate party food.
Homemade dips can be a lot healthier than store-bought dips, which are often high in fat, sodium and calories.
An assortment of veggies is always fun, but be sure to vary the color. Why not offer kohlrabi or artichoke hearts alongside the classic carrots and cauliflower or papaya and kiwi with those apples? Vary your chip assortment, too. Offer something your guests may not have tried lately, like sweet potato, blue corn, or hot sesame chips. A variety of breads (including breadsticks, crackers and pretzels) and cheese cubes make for substantial dipping.
Start with any good base (sour cream, yogurt, cream cheese mayo, mashed beans or veggies, for example). Add a squirt or two of lemon juice, limejuice, or balsamic or wine vinegar, or, for a sweet dip, honey. Then make your dip unique with your own spice combos--savory, garlic and cumin in the bean dip; thyme, basil and chives for the seafood; and mint, cinnamon, and nutmeg for the fruit, for example. Add a few surprises, like sundried tomatoes or chili peppers.
Yes, chickpeas already have a nutty taste, but the addition of almonds gives this dip a deliciously different spin. Chips and breads are good dippers for hummus. And of course it makes a tasty sandwich spread.
1 cup cooked chickpeas
1/3 cup tahini (ground sesame seeds w/ olive oil)
1/4 cup ground almonds
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic granules
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon parsley leaf flakes
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 dash tamari or soy sauce
salt to taste
coarse-grind black pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. Serve at room temperature or cool.
For appetizers, you might make open-face hummus tea sandwiches topped with a halved cherry tomato.
As prepared, each serving contains 110 calories, 9g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 7g total carbohydrates and 4g protein.
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