I like dips -- either healthfully with a selection of vegtables or less healthfully with chips. It brings back memories of growing up or going to parties. But there is something and slightly forbidden about dips. You know they are probably not that healthy but they taste great all the same.
When I first came to the UK, I was surprised that most people did not seem to know about such things. I would merrily give dinner parties where a dip or two was ready and people would look at it, maybe prodded it but they did have to be told about it. The next time they came though, they were digging in with gusto. I did find giving little plates made it easier...
In the UK in the late 80s and early 90s most of the crisps (potato chips) were flavoured and it was difficult to get plain ones. Things are a bit better now and the cool cabinets of the supermarkets have things like hummus ( a chickpea and tahina dip), guacamole ( avoacado dip -- still better to make your own though), taramasalata. You can even get sour cream and onion. And the crisps are now served in bigger packets...
But why buy dips? They are sinfully easy to make.
And as it is World Cup Time and a feast of football (soccer), now is the right time for such things.
Here are a few of my favoes to get you started.
Take one can of clams, drain and put in bowl. Add about 8 oz of cream cheese, a little milk and a dash or two tabasco sauce, Mix up and serve with chips. It is normally eaten on high days and holidays at the Styles household, but has been known to have been consumed watching girl films when one is having a slobby night in!
Seven Layer Dip -- sounds impressive but can be easy to make. I serve it on the 4th of July. It can be a meal on its own. Some people say to serve it in a glass bowl...
Take one large can of refried beans and spread on a plate. Top with in the following order
guacomole dip (2 ripe avacadoes, mashed with garlic, spring onion, tomato and lemon)
2 bunches chopped green onions ( spring onion)
1 can sliced ripe olives
About 8 oz grated cheddar cheese
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 small carton of sour cream.
Eat with tortilla chips.
Eat with tortilla chips.
1 can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) -- drained.
1-2 tablespoons of tahina (can use peanut butter)
juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves of garlic.
Blend all ingredients together and serve with pita bread and vegetables.
Does anyone else have any favourite dips? I am always looking to add one or two more to my stock.