Dasha and I were discussing dips with a friend yesterday, so I thought it high time to do the post celebrating one of the world’s most versatile food creations:
I love to find ways to make my veggies insufferably unhealthy. Dips are the easiest way to do this, as vegetables are really just Earth’s natural dip delivery mechanism.
Here’s a list of my five favorite dips I’ve made and then five dips I’m cravin’ to be makin’. The links are to the original recipes, but I’ve made suggestions below as to low-fat substitutions in case you feel like being good.
MY FIVE FAVE DIPS
Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken Dip
I’m a big fan of buffalo wings, and this is all the deliciousness without the bones.
Make it dirty: cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, shredded cheddar cheese, chicken, wing sauce, and blue cheese dressing.
Make it clean: use neufchatel cheese (1/3 less fat cream cheese), nonfat Greek yogurt, lowfat mayo, reduced fat cheddar, chicken, wing sauce, and reduced fat blue cheese dressing
Pro tip: I refuse to use fat-free dressings because they make me throw up in my mouth a little. Wishbone makes some really great reduced-fat dressing that tastes like the real thing (without the crappy aftertaste).
If you hate blue cheese and want to substitute ranch, I suggest using Bolthouse Farms yogurt ranch for a low fat sub.
Pickle Roll-Up Dip
Someone at work used to make those little pickle rolls with cream cheese rolled in ham/corned beef until she realized this was an easier way. And to me, it’s a more delicious one. Pro tip: use dill pickle relish to avoid having to chop the pickles.
Make it dirty: whipped cream cheese, sour cream, corned beef
Make it clean: neufchatel cheese, nonfat Greek yogurt, low sodium ham
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Isn’t this on everybody’s favorite dip list? If not, don’t tell me. I couldn’t bear to hear. I’d suggest marinated artichoke hearts with this for an extra kick.
Nacho Salsa Dip
You know, the kind with the ground beef, salsa, and Velveeta in it? Sorry, there’s no way to make this baby healthy. But damn, is it good. On EVERYTHING. I’m so redneck and I actually do not care.
Let’s make up for that last entry with a better one.
Making your own hummus is an art. I’ve succeeded and I’ve failed at it a number of times. To really get that authentic bite, you need to include tahini (sesame seed paste). I refuse to try any recipe that doesn’t include this essential ingredient. Also, homemade hummus tastes better the smoother you blend it, IMO.
This is already a healthy recipe, but you can change it up in a number of ways. You can go halfsies (garbanzo beans/navy beans, garbanzo beans/edamame) to add fiber/protein/etc. or add roasted red pepper for a richer color and flavor. I say make it your own and don’t be afraid to experiment. You can always take failed dip to work. Someone will eat it. Come on.
FIVE DIPS TO TRY
Here are five dips I want to try to make soon.
White Trash Dip
Someone recommended this dip to me and it seems like an even worse (and by that I mean better) version of the Nacho Salsa dip. In fact, you could throw a can of salsa in this for good measure.
Make it dirty: fatty-ass bacon, canned Hormel chili, cream cheese, cheddar cheese
Make it clean: turkey bacon, low-sodium or vegetarian chili, neufchatel cheese, reduced fat cheddar
I love the cucumber yogurt dip you get at Greek restaurants, but I never get enough of it because I’m always there with people and I have to share it. ugh. Healthy and easy, especially if you use nonfat Greek yogurt.
Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
Not sure I need to explain myself here, now do I?
No way to make it clean. Its deliciousness therefore makes up for its badness.
How they can call this BLT without the L, I’ll never know. But I think that shredded lettuce mixed into this thing might kill it, so we’ll let it slide. I think this would be great as a dip or as a spread for a wrap. Maybe that’s how you could fit the lettuce in.
Make it dirty: fatty-ass bacon, sour cream, mayo, shredded cheddar, Ritz crackers
Make it clean: turkey bacon, Greek yogurt, reduced fat mayo, reduced fat cheddar, reduced-fat Wheat Thin-type crackers
Crab Rangoon Dip with Won Ton Chips
If I say that my favorite Chinese food is crab rangoon, would you judge?
There you go. Ten dips to enjoy.
What’s your favorite dip?