Dip Trip

The Party Animal

The Party Animal

I used to be a “party girl” — inviting people to my house to share sumptuous meals at the drop of a hat.

Not any more. These days I live alone. But that doesn’t stop me from making my own private party. And what is a good party without appetizers?!!

I just made a treasure trove of yummies to satisfy my cravings for the week to come — especially late at night, when the munchies hit and I want something quick and tasty but NOT fattening.

Here are three dips that will satisfy almost any taste bud.

Artichoke & Parmesan Dip

Artichoke & Parmesan Dip

INGREDIENTS
(makes 1 cup)

1 jar artichoke hearts (6.5oz) (chopped in juice)
½ cup Parmesan flakes
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tsp garlic (crushed)

DIRECTIONS

MIX all ingredients together in a bowl
TRANSFER to baking dish
BAKE @ 325 until cheese melts (about 15 minutes)
SERVE with toasted garlic bread

Guacamole Dip

Guacamole Dip

INGREDIENTS
(makes 3 cups)

4x ripe avocadoes (chopped)
1x red onion (chopped fine)
3x plum tomatoes (chopped)
2 tbs lemon/lime juice
1 tsp garlic (crushed)
2 tbs cilantro (fresh, chopped fine)
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper (black)

DIRECTIONS

MIX all ingredients together in a bowl
SERVE with nacho chips

Hummus Dip

Hummus Dip

INGREDIENTS
(makes 2 cups)

2 cups chickpeas (cooked soft)
or 1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans
½ cup juice (reserved from cooking or can)
4 tbs lemon/lime juice (with pulp)
2 tbs garlic (crushed)
3 tbs tahini (sesame seed paste)
2 tbs oil (olive)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

DIRECTIONS

PUT all ingredients (in order given) in blender
MIX until creamy
SERVE with toasted pita chips, crackers or good bread

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