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May 17, 2007 07:04 AM

Breakfast Dip?

My daughter's class is having an end-of-year pot luck next week. I was not there when people signed up for what they are bringing, so I was assigned to bring "dip". I like dip and there are a bunch of different ones that I like to make, but don't usually serve it in the morning!

The thing is that it's from 9:15-11:15 in the morning. A quick search on Chowhound gave me some terrific ideas, but again, they don't seem appropriate for the morning. The only one that might be appropriate is Ina Garten's Smoked Salmon Spread, which sounds great. My only reluctance is that this is a class of 2 and 3 year olds. I'm sure the parents will like the spread, but will the kids? (My daughter eats anything, so I'm sure that she will like it!) On the other hand, I'm sure there will be enough other food for the kids to choose from.

Does anyone have any other suggestions for a dip/spread to serve in the morning?


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  1. Maybe a fruit based recipe, like cream cheese mixed with jam or other fruit.

    1. My guess is that someone else was assigned to bring carrots and celery, so that they are, in fact, expecting something like ranch dressing. This is from someone with many years of being assigned things under my belt :)

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      1. re: DGresh

        I was planning to just make the old spinach dip, since everyone always likes it. But then I thought "will people eat it in the morning"?

        1. re: valerie

          People eat pizza and fried chicken in the morning I'm sure savory dip will be fine.

          1. re: valerie

            Do spinach-artichoke dip (ie the copycat CPK recipe) if you're gonna go that route...

            Or you could do a hummus and/or baba ghanoush (this of course more for the parents).

            You could also do a "four layer breakfast dip"... start with a layer of yogurt or cinnamon sweetened cream cheese, then a layer of berries, then a layer of melted apricot puree, then a layer of graham cracker crumbs, and add more layers if you desire...

            1. re: Emme

              interesting you mentioned hummus & baba ghanoush as "more for the parents"- my 2 year old loves both of those! you'd be surprised what many children eat that are given options from when they are young.

              1. re: pamd

                My 2 1/2 year old also loves hummus. As a matter of fact, she eats everything, and I mean everything. There wasn't a single suggestion here that she wouldn't like!

                1. re: pamd

                  Oh absolutely, I just wouldn't count on *every parent* being as adventurous in offering their child foods they consider exotic. A lot of parents just stick to the crap, so I never assume when cooking for a crowd of kids and parents that all are enlightened to the value of widening palates at the earliest ages :) Kudos to you and your young'uns!

          2. Flavor softened cream cheese w/honey and cinnamon, and have sliced fruit and toasted pita triangles for dipping.

            1. If you're having fruit salad, you could have yogurt w/ vanilla and orange extract, honey.

              1. Anything sweet will go over big time with the 2 & 3 yr olds. Allergies are often an issue, obvious things to avoid are nuts (including peanute) and honey.

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                1. re: renov8r

                  Honey is fine once they reach 12 months. It's not an allergy issue, honey is not a common allergen.

                  1. re: JaneRI

                    if it is a concern, a small amt of brown sugar in vanilla yogurt dip tastes great!

                    1. re: JaneRI

                      Honey is not an allergen. The problem is that infants younger than 12 months are at risk of infant botulism from eating honey.

                      1. re: valerie

                        infant botulism is obviously the biggest problem with honey, and should be no problem here, but there are also rare reactions to honey because of contamination of the honey with pollen (the allergic reaction is from the pollen). you would be surprised at how the parents of severely pollen-allergic kids react to honey ingredients. again if it is no concern, i prefer to use honey, but it pays to be careful when preparing foods for other people's kids.

                        1. re: soupkitten

                          Like you said, rare reactions. There could be rare reactions to just about everything.