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Sep 4, 2009 10:20 AM

Dipping and Dunking: Making Comfort Food More Comforting

Please confess about the foods you love dipping with.
For me the ritual of dipping and dunking arouses more intimacy with my comfort food and takes the experience to a higher level of comfort. The combined flavor and texture that results from dipping & dunking sometimes enhances the separate flavors so well that it will never be the same to have one without the other. For example, fresh crusty donuts dunked into hot coffee and Oreo cookies dunked into cold milk are some of the foods that seem to have been created with the other, and you, in mind.

I have favorite donut shops that I go to for particular donuts they make that are exceptionally good for dunking. Recently I had a grilled cheese sandwich made with thick slices of grilled sourdough, melted Swiss and smoked Mozzarella and a bowl of tomato basil soup and I could not resist the temptation to dip that sandwich into that soup. After dipping the sandwich I paused to enjoy the image in front of me. A perfectly golden grilled sourdough with a small corner of it coated with thick steaming hot tomato soup. I also know the best place in L.A. for a French Dip with a side bowl of gravy and another place for a French Dip with a side of Au jus. Cleaning your plate with a special slice of bread also counts as dipping and maybe that means that the saint who created Open-face sandwiches smothered in gravy was a dipper at heart.

What other things go well when dipped and dunked?

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  1. Cheese Nips dipped in strawberry-jalapeno jam
    Pizza dipped in ranch dressing
    Burger dipped in a blend of ranch and ketchup
    Fries dipped in cream gravy, ranch or ketchup + mayo
    Bagels dipped in a side of room-temp cream cheese
    Grilled cheese dipped in ketchup
    Bfast burrito dipped in salsa

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      Nothing beats a sour cream donut dunked in either coffee or tea with cream and sugar.

      How about a warm homemade brownie ( I love the Droste recipe with brown sugar) dunked in a glass of cold milk?

      Warm corn chips in chili con queso.

      Crisp cold celery sticks in Marie's Bleu Cheese dressing.

      My final thought was grilled asparagus spears dunked in Hollandaise, but I guess that's not exactly comfort food and more dipping than dunking.


    2. - my fingers in the peanut butter jar ;)
      - slices of smoked turkey rolled up & dipped in honey-mustard
      - when i was a kid, pretzels & potato chips dunked into a tub of cream cheese

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        i forgot biscotti. too crunchy to eat unless dunked in coffee - preferably a nice dark roast.

      2. McVities Digestive biscuits in tea or coffee.

        The French dip their croissants in coffee.

        1. Grilled cheese on rye dunked in tomato soup
          Celery sticks dipped in onion dip
          Ham sandwich dipped in honey mustard
          Peanutbutter cookies dipped in vanilla pudding
          Bananas dipped in nutella
          Oh now you know all my secrets :)

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          1. re: HillJ

            The replys in this thread have provoided a list of must try dips and dunks.

            Peanut butter cookies and vanilla pudding are two things I have loved since childhood. In fact,anything peanut or vanilla has my interest. Celery sticks dipped into peanut butter is a meal to me. I had to try your idea of peanut butter cookies dipped in vanilla pudding and \learned thart the two flavors go very well together. I also found that the slight crunch and chewing texture of the cookie enhanced the creamy texture of the pudding.. With crunch in mind I bought some great peanut brittle and dipped that in the pudding. It was way too chrunchy and had no chew. -- not as good. Maybe next time I will try making a peanut butter cookie and vanilla ice cream sandwich. My thanks..

            1. re: JeetJet

              Oh yum, what doesn't go great with PB! A splash of ground cinnamon really perks up the dunk'in!

          2. warm chocolate chip cookies into cold milk so that the chocolate firms up a bit and the cookie dissolves on the tongue..mmmmm!
            crusty Italian bread dipped into Grandma's "gravy"... that's tomato sauce cooked all day.