DIPS and SPREADS - please share your favorite recipes!

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  1. artemis33

    artemis33 Amity's Focus Member

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    There are a couple I splurge on from the HFS now and then but I'd like to make more at home. I'll eat twice as many great veggies when I have a good dip around!

    What are your favorites?
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    I make one that is so easy it is ridiculous.

    Shrimp dip

    One 8oz cream cheese
    one can tiny shrimp (or any other size/type chopped fine)
    2Tbls. ketchup
    1-2 Tbls. milk

    Bring cream cheese to room temp. I use the microwave.
    Stir in ketchup and milk until you get the consistency that you like.
    Drain shrimp well. Stir into cream cheese mixture.
    Serve at room temp.
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    lakshmi_mama cleaning house

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    subbing in hopes that this thread takes off. I need good recipes too!
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    artemis33 Amity's Focus Member

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    I am bumping this in hopes to get some ideas :)

    The ones I love that I sometimes buy are smoked salmon spread (has cream cheese, onion....not sure what else) and another that is a spinach artichoke. Oh and I recently tried one that had bacon, green onion, sour cream, cream cheese, etc that was really tasty.

    I tried a spinach artichoke one I found online and wasn't very impressed so that's why I'm asking for favorites :)

    Thanks!
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    LOVE the Knorr spinach one. I can eat that for dinner on pumpernickle bread. Hmmm - maybe I will!!

    Another VERY yummy one but SO not lowfat is to take equal parts of sweet onion (vidalia or walla walla), mayo and shredded swiss cheese and put it into a baking dish - then bake at 350 degrees for an hour. Serve with bagel chips. Oh my stars! I think I'm doing a dip dinner! LOL

    Hey, it's my birthday, I can do what I want, right??
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    Another good one (my fave) is more like a spread than a dip:

    2 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese (can be lowfat or f/f)
    2 cups shredded cheddar
    2 packages ranch dressing mix
    scallions, chopped fine
    1 bottle (actually about 10 oz.) of beer; any kind is OK but I prefer an amber-y type, like Yuengling or Bass. I've even used O'Doul's no-alcohol amber when I was PG.
    1 round loaf sourdough or pumpernickel bread
    1 baguette or whatever else you like for dipping

    mix cream cheese, cheddar and ranch mix with a hand mixer. slowly pour in beer as you mix until it reaches whatever consistency you'd like. stir in scallions.
    hollow out the round loaf for serving dip in. garnish w/ additional shredded cheddar and/or additional scallions.
    slice baguette into about 1" slices and then cut each slice in half (to use for dipping) or serve w/ crackers, veggies, whatever.
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    artemis33 Amity's Focus Member

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    Thanks!

    Spreads are great too - I'll add that to the title ;) And no worries, I'm all for full fat recipes :)

    This reminds me I have a recipe for red lentil pate that I got in a Spanish Tapas class I took a few years ago. I haven't made it for ages but it sounds yummy and I know I have a bunch of red lentils in the pantry....I'll dig it out.
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    Linda Amity's Focus Member

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    this is a yummy spread. really flavorful...a little goes a long way on sandwiches etc. I never add the chili and I have used lemon instead and I use 2 garlic cloves in stead of 6.:)

    It is raw too:)

    CORIANDER PESTO
    1 large bunch coriander (about 180gm/60z), leaves only
    2 tbsp whole almonds
    6 garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed
    4 tbsp light olive oil
    Juice of 1 lime
    ½ tsp Tabasco sauce
    1cm/½inch piece red chilli, chopped very small
    Sea salt
    • Chop almonds in food processor, take out and put side.
    • Chop coriander in food processor, add garlic and remaining ingredients, then pinch of salt. Add almonds.
    • Aim for slightly chunky consistency. Or, puree like basil pesto if you want.
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    DixieChick One Hot Mama!

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    Hot spinach dip

    Original recipe
    1 medium jar of mayo
    1 box frozen spinach, thawed
    1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
    1 cup white cheese, shredded
    dash of tabasco
    sprinkle of garlic salt

    Mix it together
    top with parm and some bread crumbs


    I always add 2 boxes of spinach instead of one. More veggies make better for you!

    Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
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    artemis33 Amity's Focus Member

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    AHA! I finally found my recipe! (It took a lot of digging and as a side benefit, my pantry is now mostly clean and organized :D )

    Red Lentil Pate


    1 c red lentils
    1.5 c water
    1 bay leaf
    1 diced onion
    1/2 TBS fresh basil
    1 TBS garlic, minced
    1/8 c mirin
    1/2 c pecans, roasted in 350F oven for 10 min (*watch, this may be too long depending on your oven!)
    1 tsp black pepper
    1 tsp olive oil
    salt to taste

    Bring water to a boil. Add lentils and bay leaf; cook until tender. Take off heat and cool. While lentils are cooking, heat oil in a saute pan. When oil is hot, add onions and cook until they brown/carmelize.

    Finely chop basil and mince the garlic.

    When the onions are carmelized, add the mirin. Take off the heat and cool. When all ingredients are cool, put everything in the food processor and process until smooth. Taste and add desired salt.

    Great served with crackers or bread and granny smith apples.

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