During the summer I like to keep a fridge full of dips and cut veggies so I can pull them out and have an impromptu gathering of friends on the deck on a moments notice. They are also great to have for that last minute picnic or concert in the park. Toss in some good crackers, bread, olives and summer wine and you are ready to walk out with an amazingly impressive picnic hamper in a few minutes. This weeks Make it Your Way Dips and Crudités board has dips that are so easy and fast I made all of these in less than 15 minutes. (except for roasting the eggplant). They are gluten and dairy free so everyone can find something to nibble on. Keep some cut up veggies ready to go in the fridge and you have a super easy and relaxed dinner. Leftover Grilled Chicken tastes great with these dips too.
Make it Your Way-Dips & Crudités
- Asian Eggplant Dip with Rice Crackers
- White Bean & Horseradish Hummus
- Mint and Sweet Pea Dip with Avocado
- Red Pepper and Roasted Almond Dip
- Cut up Veggies: Red Pepper, Carrots, Green Onions, Cucumbers
- Flatbreads, Crostini, Crackers
ASIAN EGGPLANT DIP: Poke a few holes in a large eggplant and roast under the broiler until well charred and soft in the middle (20 min). Scoop the flesh and let drain a minute or two, then pop into a food processor and add chopped garlic, chopped ginger, splashes of sesame oil, soy sauce and rice vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and top with sliced green onions. Serve with rice crackers.
WHITE BEAN & HORSERADISH HUMMUS: Rinse and drain a can of white cannellini (or any white bean) and whirl in the food processor with 2 cloves chopped garlic, a spoonful of tahini, half a lemon squeezed, a spoonful of fresh or prepared horseradish, smoked sea salt and pepper and a few sprigs fresh rosemary. Drizzle in good olive oil until you have a nice creamy consistency.
MINT & SWEET PEA DIP: Whirl a few fresh mint leaves and 2 cloves of garlic in the food processor. Thaw a big cupful of frozen peas under hot water then toss into the processor with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice, half an avocado and sea salt and pepper. Add just touch of olive oil if you like and process util smooth.
ALMOND AND ROASTED RED PEPPER DIP: Whirl a few cloves of garlic in the food processor and add a big handful of roasted almonds. Whirl until fine then add three roasted peppers from a jar (rinsed), a squeeze of lemon or lime juice, salt and pepper. Drizzle in just enough olive oil to make a creamy dip.