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Individual dips

PattiCakes Jan 13, 2014 11:17 AM

My sister is hosting a co-ed baby shower in a few weeks and wants me to make some apps similar to ones she saw on Pinterest. The concept is to use a plastic drink cup - the squat ones that flare out from the bottom of the glass -- to serve individual portions of a dip. You take a cup instead of hovering around a communal bowl of dip. The one she saw was a 7 layer dip, but there is no way I'm doing 7 layers in a cup -- I might incorporate some guacamole with other ingredients, however. The other one I thought of was some sort of hummus. Can anyone give me more suggestions as to what might work with this presentation?

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    INDIANRIVERFL RE: PattiCakes Jan 13, 2014 11:42 AM

    Bottom layer of fluffed cream cheese with basic Guac on top.

    Refried beans thinned with tequila. Nacho cheese sauce from a can on top.

    Thick blue cheese dressing.

    Lipton's onion soup in sour cream.

    Hummus with a layer of roasted pepper and yogurt on top.

    Have bowls of chopped onion, sweet pepper, hot pepper, and crumbled blue cheese so they can garnish their dips as they wish.

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      Cittafarina RE: PattiCakes Jan 13, 2014 12:02 PM

      Sun dried tomato puree
      Ricotta cheese

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        jjjrfoodie RE: Cittafarina Jan 14, 2014 08:03 AM


        I do the same riff for Xmas parties and during the summer.

        Boursin cheese piped/spread on bottom.
        Homemade Basil pesto middle.
        Sundried tomatoes in oil pureed for top layer.

        ALWAYS a big hit.
        Tricolore and holiday colors. Win-win.

        Since I make my own black bean refritos, I envision black bean refritos on bottom, scallions and tomatillo salsa or guacamole in middle (and since captured guac will stay green) and sour cream or creama fresca on top. Bottled Hot sauce for those that desire.

        This has me intrigued.

        Good luck.

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          PattiCakes RE: jjjrfoodie Jan 15, 2014 07:03 AM

          Great ideas!!

      2. greygarious RE: PattiCakes Jan 13, 2014 12:19 PM

        How about using shot glasses set into straight-sided individual ramekins so you could offer flights of 3-4 different dips. You could use petri dishes, or you might find some decorative plant saucers with perpendicular sides at a garden center. They might not be food-safe but you will only be using them as trays to hold the glasses.

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          PattiCakes RE: greygarious Jan 13, 2014 12:32 PM

          I'm trying to keep it as simple as I can. Those sound great, but if I did petri dishes I'd be tempted to do spots of guac to make it look like a green virus.

        2. LeftoverFoodie RE: PattiCakes Jan 13, 2014 05:13 PM

          I saw the same dip presentation on Pinterest. Looks like fun but a lot of work.....having said that how about
          layer of cream cheese topped with cocktail sauce and shrimp
          cream cheese topped with pesto and pine nuts or red peppers.

          1. Ttrockwood RE: PattiCakes Jan 13, 2014 05:42 PM

            It sounds like sister wants these to be "pretty" first and foremost.
            Three layers sounds managable and would give you options.
            Ideas, layered from bottom to top:
            - refried beans, chopped scallions, sour cream with onion soup mix, sprinkle of chopped olives
            - hummus, layer of chopped roasted red peppers, top layer of edamame hummus
            -black bean dip, layer chopped tomatoes and green onion, sour cream onion on top

            1. LaLa RE: PattiCakes Jan 13, 2014 06:37 PM

              I have done these with beer cheese as the dip and carrots and celery as the veggies

              1. MidwesternerTT RE: PattiCakes Jan 13, 2014 06:52 PM

                A fruit dip - dollop of strawberry yogurt, dollop of whipped cream served with a fruit kebob of strawberry, pineapple cube, grape (although those skewers take more time to assemble than you'd expect).

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                  SlinkySai RE: PattiCakes Jan 13, 2014 07:14 PM

                  The thing that would drive me crazy is putting the dip in the cups cleanly so they stay pretty. I would think that a pastry bag or homemade equivalent should work with most of the things people have recommended. How did (or will) you assemble them?

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                    PattiCakes RE: SlinkySai Jan 14, 2014 06:15 AM

                    Right now I have no idea!

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                      Ttrockwood RE: PattiCakes Jan 14, 2014 02:48 PM

                      The cut the corner off a ziplock method works great if you don't have a pastry bag

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                      melpy RE: SlinkySai Jan 14, 2014 08:41 AM

                      I was thinking the pastry bag would be be the best bet.

                      ETA: if you have an old salad dressing container bottle you can rinse and fill it would also dispense well.

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