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I am looking for a recipe for a different (not spinach or ranch) dip to serve with veggies and crudite for a shower.

Does anyone have some fun suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Ina Garten's smoked salmon spread is great with veggies: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

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    1. re: Megiac

      oh yum. I may have to make a "test" batch this weekend.

      1. re: Megiac

        My mom made this really simple dip/cheese ball thing that was just cream cheese, dried dill and garlic powder to taste. You use a lot of dill and a lot of garlic and it's really really good. You can also roll it in sliced almonds to make the ball out of it.
        Sorry I don't have a specific recipe, but it really is to your own liking.

      2. A very classic Green Goddess dressing, from scratch.

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        1. re: lrostron

          I have 2 cream cheese based dips that I simply love...
          1st one-- purchase a really great sweet pepper relish and pour over a brick of cream cheese. (Or you could buy the whipped cream cheese and scoop into fancy bowl and top with the pepper relish)... even easier than mixing dry soup into sour cream!

          2nd one-- in the sections where the eggs are sold you can usually find those small glass jars of shrimp cocktail with sauce. They come in a package of 3 tiny glasses. Take all 3 of those and pour into mixer. Add a brick of cream cheese and mix until blended. There may be some lumps of cheese but that if fine. Should you not be able to find these premade shrimp cocktails purchase the small shrimps (canned one will do fine for this) and add your favorite cocktail sauce (mine is hoffmans) and mix as stated above... This one comes out looking coral/or pink but is awesomely good.

          Not your typical dips but both are wonderful with veggies or crackers- they are always a hit at my parties.

          1. re: MeffaBabe

            That shrimp cocktail/cream cheese one really takes me back -- used to make it all the time but had totally forgotten it (probably because I developed a shellfish allergy). It's much better than it sounds -- people LOVE it -- and can be kicked up with a bit of horseradish and a squeeze of lemon if you feel like it.

        2. I just love a homemade hummus, I just recently played with the recipe and made one with edamamme and it was fantastic.

          I just did a recent Pesto sun dried tomatoe Torte that was excellent but with crackers, might work with strong vegies like celery, etc. It was a nice presentation too. If you want the recipe, just say so. It was on a cheese/cracker tray.

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          1. re: lexpatti

            I would love to have this recipe, if I may?

          2. I make an avocado dip that goes really well with veggies and is well-received. It's basically avocado, plain yogurt, an acid (lemon or lime juice), salt and herbs, whirred in the blender or food processor until smooth (I usually start with 1 or 2 avocados and add yogurt to make it the right consistency). I make a guacamole esqe one with lime juice and cilantro, or a really good mediterranean one with lemon juice and basil.

            1. i make a version of muhamarra--roasted red peppers, pomegranate molasses and toasted walnuts, pureed. white bean-roasted garlic is good too.

              1. I like a roasted red pepper/sundried tomato dip, I usually mix 1 cup sour cream with a small jar of roasted red peppers and a handful of sundried tomatoes. Add some garlic and basil to taste. It turns a lovely pink color.

                1. I take a large container of sour cream (32 ounces) and about 20+ ounces of crumbled blue cheese (I usually use Clemson). I add a dollop of mayo and blend gently. Then I add a pinch of garlic powder. Now comes the important part: with a pepper mill, hold it over the bowl and grind a SERIOUS amount of black pepper in there. You can use different kinds of peppercorns. Just keep grinding until the dip is heavily peppered. Stir gently and put in fridge until firm. I have yet to find a veggie that doesn't taste good with this. It's also great on baked potatoes or stirred into leftover mashed potatoes and makes a tasty spread on a turkey sandwich the next day.

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                  1. re: southernitalian

                    Of course your veggies taste good with this--it's ALL fat.

                  2. One of my favorite quick go-to's is a sun-dried tomato herb cream cheese spread. It's so easy to make, and as long as you have some sun dried tomatoes on hand, you can always mix some together in a pinch:
                    http://christonium.com/culinaryreview...

                    1. It's a lot of work but a salmon tartar is delicious piled onto cucumber rounds, belgian endive spears or even celery stems.

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                      1. re: drgreg

                        marthas buttermilk dip

                        http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/w...
                        Yum!

                      2. My favorite this summer for this purpose is just a tzatziki-style cucumber yogurt dip. I blend the sliced, saltted, drained cucmber with Greek yogurt, add some garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, oregano, and parsley. Cool, light and refreshing! Guests have loved it, even though they can't always tell it is yogurt.

                        1. Here's a link to a recent discussion on dips. You might not find anything for this particular occasion, but it's a fabulous reference. PLUS, about halfway down the thread, a post by DanaB gives the link to yet another great thread with a wealth of favorite T&T recpes. I've got them both bookmarked.

                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/434619