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Thursday, May 19, 2011

BBQ Party Dips

Need some ideas what to take to the neighbors BBQ this weekend?  Take dip, everyone loves dip.  Here are three extrodinary dip recipes.  Fresh salsa, spinach artichoke and pink dip.  They are all really simple and delicious.

Here is the first one!

For the recipes and how to make each one...
Salsa 

Here's how to make the freshest salsa you've ever tasted!



The Players!


Drain the tomatoes. chop onions and jalapeno, toss in your food processor along with the garlic powder and lemon juice.  Pulse until well blended. (save cilantro until the end as it will over blend and you will have a funny color of salsa).


Taste, add salt to adjust seasoning. Add cilantro and begin to pulse.


Re taste at this point and see if you need to add more heat, 
if so add more jalapenos.


Fresh and easy to make.  Happy Dipping!

The Recipe:

Salsa

2 quart jars of tomatoes or 2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
¼ cup onion chopped
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon jalapeno chopped, more if you like it hotter
¼ cup cilantro, rough chop
½ teaspoon kosher salt

Place all ingredients except for cilantro in food processor and pulse until smooth.  Now add salt and cilantro.  Pulse until well incorporated.  Taste and adjust seasoning.  Pour into airtight container and chill until ready to serve.


Here's the number second dip!  

Spinach Artichoke Dip



The Players!


In large saucepan melt butter over low heat.  Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Slowly whisk in flour and make a roux.  
Cook for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and begin to whisk in milk a 
little at a time until all lumps are gone and a sauce forms.  
Return to heat and continue to stir until sauce it thickened.  


  Add in Parmesan cheese, ½ of jack cheese, spinach, artichokes, salt, cayenne pepper and Tabasco sauce.  Mix thoroughly.   


Spray an 8x8 baking dish with Pam and pour mixture into dish.  Drizzle the 
half-n-half over the top of the mixture.  Sprinkle with remaining jack cheese and bake @ 375º for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly.


 YUM!



Recipe for Spinach Artichoke Dip:






Spinach Artichoke Dip

3 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese, grated
2 (10 ounce) packages of spinach, chopped, drained
   and all water squeezed out
1 can artichoke quarters, drained and chopped
1/3 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 shakes of Tabasco sauce
2 tablespoons half-n-half

In large saucepan melt butter over low heat.  Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Slowly whisk in flour and make a roux.  Cook for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and begin to whisk in milk a little at a time until all lumps are gone and a sauce forms.  Return to heat and continue to stir until sauce it thickened.  Add in Parmesan cheese, ½ of jack cheese, spinach, artichokes, salt, cayenne pepper and Tabasco sauce.  Mix thoroughly.   Spray an 8x8 baking dish with Pam and pour mixture into dish.  Drizzle the half-n-half over the top of the mixture.  Sprinkle with remaining jack cheese and bake @ 375º for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.







Pink Dip













The Players!  Yes, there are only 2!


Place in deep mixing bowl and let cream cheese come to room temperature.  


Start adding a little at a time salsa.  Using a hand mixer to mix thoroughly.


Blend well with each addition.  Place in airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.


Pinkalicious!


It may not be pretty, it is pink and it tastes great!  
Freshly made and no preservatives!
note:  Keep dip on ice and out of heat...


Pink Dip Recipe:

Pink Dip

1 (8 ounce) 1/3 less fat cream cheese
½ cup salsa (fresh or bottled)

Let cream cheese come to room temperature.  Place in deep mixing bowl and add salsa.  Use hand mixer to mix thoroughly.  Place in air tight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

Garnish with a little cilantro and get dipping!





Happy Eating!


1 comment:

Louise said...

Hi Mary, I just found your site. I came over from the bomb Gina's Skinny Recipes. I noticed your quart tomato and pint salsa. They look homemade. Do you have these recipes on your site? I have planted tomatoes and want to can up salsa and just tomatoes this year. I look forward to reading your previous posts.

xanalou@gmail.com

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