A friend just gave me this bean dip recipe the other day. Sorry it's pretty vague, she and I are both near-enough-is-good-enough cooks, and don't bother with quantities or anything.
Finely chop an onion and cook in a little oil. Add two cans of red kidney beans and a drained can of tomatoes. Cook for a bit and then mash. Add a bit of chilli sauce or taco seasoning mix. Put in dish, sprinkle with grated cheese and bake or grill until cheese melts.
It's really nice. It's also good spread over the chips as nachos.
Okay, here are several that work for me. Dairy, all of them, except the guacamole.
1. Guacamole. Get ripe avocadoes and mash them with a tb of lemon juice and a clove of garlic (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder) per medium sized avocado (the alligator kind, not the biiiig muthuhs; you can use them, but double the other stuff.)Salt. Taste and adjust for seasoning balance. Then add either a can of chopped green chiles, for mild, or a chopped jalapeno, for NOT mild. (If you want in between, scrape the seeds out of the jalapeno -- that's where most of the heat lives in peppers.)Serve like that, or make some pico de gallo and put a layer on top, which will keep the avocados from turning brown. This is a Chicano recipe from Seattle, btw; have no idea if it's made differently elsewhere.
2. Take a can or better a package of frozen artichokes, a box of frozen spinach, and a can of artichokes. For a spread, throw 8 oz of cream cheese into the food processor (neufchatel's fine, but if it's fat free, add a tbsp of olive oil. It's a party, after all.) For a dip, use sour cream and a bit of mayonaise. Whir till soft. Shake in about a tsp. of Beau Monde. (celery seeds, salt, and onion powder, with a pinch of sugar, if you don't have Spice Islands around.) Add a quarter of a smallish onion, whir a bit. Then add the spinach and whir some more. Pulsing is good. Finally, add the can of water chestnuts and, if you like, a handful of walnuts. Pulse just a few times -- it's better chunky.Taste, correct any seasoning, and use it as a dip or spread. Makes impressive and easy pinwheel wraps -- spread, put on a generous layer of raw fresh spinach, wrap tightly in flour tortillas, and keep rolled for at least overnight. Then slice the rolls into pinwheel sandwiches, and everyone's impressed. Very, very good.
3. You can also use the cream cheese version of above as a hot dip. Simply bake, with or without some parmesan mixed in, about half an hour and serve hot. Spectacular on bagel or pita chips.
4. Oh yeah, pico de gallo. Get some roma (pear) tomatoes, seed them (spoon out the wet inside parts) and chop fine. Chop about half as much onion very fine. Chop up a lot of cilantro (I like cilantro) very fine. Seed and chop jalapenos to taste -- be careful not to keep on hands or get in eyes; I use latex gloves. Add a bit of lemon and salt, but the cilantro should be the strongest non-vegetable flavor.
5. Sweet dip: Get a large bar of semi-sweet chocolate. Melt with an equivalent amount of whipping cream, & a pinch of salt. Add at the last minute a dash of amoretto, Irish Cream, Kahlua, Cointreau (or triple sec) Brandy, or Rum. Or whatever else you think sounds right. Pile slices of apple (Granny Smith works well, and doesn't brown as quickly, but toss any apples with a little lemon juice to keep them from discoloring), fresh strawberries, banana chunks, oranges, or whatever fruit you can afford to dip in it. (I like chocolate-covered pretzels, so I would also offer pretzels.)
That should get you started. I'm going to go eat some chocolate now. I shouldn't have written the last!
2007-11-08 05:34 am (UTC)
Re: Five good dips -- writing error, extra dip
Eeek! #2 should read frozen OR canned artichokes, not both! (unless you want to be in artichoke heaven, which is a fairly nice place.)
And I forgot the lox one: #6, Creamcheese, smoked salmon, chopped green onion or chives, mixed together. Again, a spread, but spreadss and dips run together, don't they?
If you're not familiar with the laws of kashrut, the first is neutral, the others are dairy. It's good to have spreads observant Jews and/or vegetarians can eat at a party; I've seen some where the only non-meat dish was raw vegetables. (Sorry -- editorial goes with recipe.)