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Best Cold Dip Recipe?

Looking for a great cold dip to take to a BBQ in early August -- one that always gets rave reviews and has people scraping the last bits from the bottom of the bowl. Traditional only if it's got a unique twist, please!

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  1. I know hummus is a bit overdone here lately, but I have started making a blackbean hummus that people have been requesting I bring to everything. It's 3 parts black beans to one part garbanzo beans, onion, lemon juice, cumen, garlic, pepper, sesame tahini, and olive oil. I don't really have exact measurements, but you can't really mess it up. I typically put a little bit of chopped tomato and onion on top and one of my friends garnished with black olives and liked it. It's great on pitas, tortilla chips, veggies, and it has even been put in burritos.

    1. Why not the almighty Guacamole? Also very healthy! (also giving a nod to the lovely hummus...just had some Sabra hummus with celery whilst cooking dinner, too delicious!

      1. Baba Ganoush.Cihilled and smoky with pita chips Ditch thr way over done hummous. It is boring.

        1. The Barefoot Contessa's Pan Fried Onion Dip is outstanding. Just Google it for a recipe.

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          1. re: critter101

            It sure is outstanding, and easy to make.

            1. re: critter101

              I made this recently for a get together, and people RAVED over it...It was gone in a flash...This puts all the other onion dips to shame...Now, I did alter the recipe by adding an additional 4 oz. of cream cheese, because I felt that the flavor was a bit strong, and was helped greatly by the additional cheese....Thinking of what is still a very popular and delicious dip though, brings to mind, the tried and true clam dip...You know, the one made with cream cheese...http://southernfood.about.com/od/seaf... This is a good one....

              1. re: jinet12

                That was always one of my DH's favorites. i may hav ti dust that one off again. It has been years, There were also Clam Blobs very 60's an similar. just broiled 7oz, can of chopped clams (not drained) a small pkg. of cream cheese mixed with rh clams. worstershire sauce, garlic and onion powder and curry powder to taste. Mix it all up well and spread on Melba Toast rounds. Broil-3-5 mins. A not says t triple this.

            2. Roasted red pepper, feta, a little garlic, olive oil, process a bit, but leave chunky, yum. (Might have to loosen with a touch of plain yogurt.)

              1. Tomatillo avocado salsa - make your favorite salsa (or if in a hurry- buy a good one), add a can of tomatillos drained and chopped, some lime juice and avocados in small pieces. A different twist on salsa/guacamole

                1. I have a roasted red pepper dip that my 8-yr old cousin filled up on last Xmas (needless to say, my aunt was NOT impressed when said coz pushed away her plate when time came for the main event).

                  Process the following until smooth:
                  2 red peppers, roasted, peeled and roughly chopped
                  4 cloves garlic
                  1 cup sour cream
                  1/4 cup mayonnaise
                  Juice of one lemon
                  S&P to taste

                  1. This recipe (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...) from Gourmet for Blue Cheese and Carmelized Shallot dip was a hit at a recent party I went to. I must admit it was a little more "work" than your average dip but the results were phenomenal. And, it only gets better with time (be sure to make at least a day in advance). I served with "sturdy" chips (I bought Kettle Chips) and others dipped with offferings from a near by crudite platter.

                    1. This is one of my old stand bys. Even those who claim to dislike blue cheese, absolutely love this!

                      Blue Cheese Cheesecake.

                      2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
                      2 cups blue cheese, crumbled
                      1 cup sour cream
                      1/3 teaspoon ground white pepper
                      3 eggs
                      1 1/4 cups sour cream
                      1 red bell pepper, halved and deseeded
                      1 green onion
                      Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
                      Beat cream cheese and blue cheese in large mixing bowl until light and fluffy--about 5 minutes. Mix in 1 cup sour cream and pepper. Add eggs - one at a time - mixing well after each addition.
                      Pour mixture into buttered 9 inch springform pan. Bake 60 - 65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean.
                      Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes. Carefully spread 1 1/4 cup sour cream over top. Return to oven 5 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.
                      To serve, place on serving plate. Carefully remove sides of pan. Decorate top with red pepper cut into flower shapes with small cookie cutter and green onion tops as stems.

                      Serve with crackers, coctail rye and veggies.

                      1. Beer Cheese

                        1 (8-ounce) package sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
                        4 oz softened Cream Cheese
                        1 garlic clove, minced
                        1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
                        1 teaspoon grated Horseradish
                        1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
                        1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
                        1/4 cup beer
                        Salt and Pepper to taste

                        Beat cheeses at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add garlic and next the ingredients; beat well. Gradually add beer, beating until blended. Chill 1 hour. Serve with crusty bread or crackers. Also good on veggies.

                        I like it kinda spicy so I usually add more ground red pepper. It's quick and easy and everyone likes it. I made it recently for a houseboat trip with some friends and it was a hit.

                        Have fun!

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                        1. re: Cookiefiend

                          I am from Wisconsin and theses are some of our staples. I've been making this for some time. THanks for the recipe Cookiefiend my whole family loves it and I make it all of the time.

                        2. Surprisingly people really like my simple chipotle sauce as a dip. 1 part sour cream to 3 parts mayo. Add 1-2 diced chipotles in adobo and a spoonful of the adobo itself. Juice of a quarter of a lime. Combine well and garnish with cilantro. I'm sure there are ways to spruce this up further.

                          1. you probably were preferring a savory dip, but a good dessert dip i made for a party one time was Cannoli Dip:

                            1/4 cup semisweet chocolate morsels, plus more for garnish
                            15 oz container ricotta cheese
                            1/4 cup powdered sugar
                            1/4 tsp vanilla
                            1 8 oz containter Cool Whip
                            Strawberries, cinnamon graham crackers, cinnamon/sugar tortilla crisps or cannoli wrappers - for dipping

                            Chop chocolate and place in a bowl. Add ricotta, sugar, and vanilla and stir to combine. Fold in whipped topping. Sprinkle with chocolate and serve w/ dippers.

                            (Pistachios would probably be really good stirred in as well.)

                            1. My dh makes a delicious fruit bruschetta. This recipe link is just one example.
                              Lightly toasted mini bagels or mini french toast points go well with the fruit.


                              1. I caramelize lots of diced red onion w/balsamic vinegar mix them into creme fraiche w/salt pepper & a little fresh nutmeg. Best made a day before. Serve w/homemade potato chips

                                1. I love my mom's "BLT" dip. It tastes amazing!

                                  Corrinne's BLT Dip

                                  1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
                                  3/4 cup sour cream
                                  3/4 cup crumbled bacon (cook real bacon and crumble it, do not get prepackaged stuff!)
                                  2 tomatoes, drained and diced
                                  1 tablespoon white vinegar
                                  1 tablespoon sugar

                                  Mix everything together and taste for seasoning. You can serve it with toast rounds, or I serve it with bibb lettuce leaves and people can make little BLT lettuce wraps. So tasty!