Sometimes we do not know what dish to make which is fast, simple and tasty. Dips are your life saver! So that you always have new snacks to share, today we will tell you 3 irresistible homemade dips recipes which are easy to prepare.
When it comes to snacking food, creams spreads are a very practical option, as they are easy to make and usually have few ingredients. In addition, they can be eaten cold, go well with different sides and best of all, your guests can serve themselves without using cutlery.
Read on about the recipes that will help you look like a good host and make your guests never want to leave the table. Of course, these dips will also serve you if one day an unexpected visit arrives at your home and you do not have anything to offer or if you are invited somewhere and you do not want to arrive empty-handed!
1. Cream cheese dip and chives
Cream cheese is the star ingredient of many of the homemade dips: it goes well with herbs, vegetables, chicken and even tuna. Below, we present you a super easy option including soy sauce. We anticipate that the combination of its ingredients is strong, but delicious.
- 1 pack cream cheese of the brand of your choice
- 1 spring onion (green) or 1 medium chive
- Soy sauce
- Sesame or sesame seeds (optional)
- Wash and finely chop the spring onion.
- Put some soy sauce with a few pieces of chives into a deep plate or bowl.
- Add the cream cheese on top and decorate it with more soy sauce, chives and seeds.
- Refrigerate the dip until it’s time to serve it.
Ideally, your guests will try all 3 ingredients in a single bite to enjoy the full flavor of this appetizer.
Our favorite side for this dip is the tortilla chips, although it also goes well with crackers.
Tip 1: You can replace soy sauce with English sauce. If you don’t like any of these sauces, you can use the same recipe and season the cheese with just a little salt and pepper. It all depends on your taste!
Tip 2: If you want the cheese to have a softer texture, remove it from the fridge to soften a bit before serving it on the plate with soy and chives.
This dip of Mexican origin is famous all over the world. In the United States, it is even the most consumed snack on Super Bowl Sunday!
There are different recipes for guacamole, some more traditional than others. Today we will share a very delicious version of the recipe.
- 1 yellow onion, chopped into very small cubes
- ½ cup fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 4 small or medium ripe avocados
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- Tomato chopped in small cubes (optional)
- 1 garlic glove (optional)
- 1 serrano chili or jalapeno (if this type of chile is not sold in your area, you can use paprika or green pepper)
- In a mortar, crush onion and a part of coriander, add salt and chili into mix.
- If you chose to use the optional ingredients, also add them in this step.
- Cut avocados in half, remove the seed and pulp with the help of a spoon. Place pulp in a bowl.
- In the same mortar that used previously, add lime juice and remaining of coriander.
- Mix all the ingredients until you have a lumpy, creamy mixture. The irregular appearance is classic in guacamole, so don’t worry about it being too even.
- Finally, taste to check if you need a little more salt or lime juice.
- Serve the dip with the side you like the most.
In Mexico guacamole is usually eaten as a sauce or an extra side dish and usually accompanied with nachos or tortillas. How would you like to serve it?
Tips 1: It is important to serve the freshly made guacamole to prevent avocado from ripening and changing its green color to a dark brown. While this will still taste delicious, it not so pleasing to the eye.
Tips 2: If you don’t have mortar, you can process all the ingredients in a blender, but consider that the dip will look more like a cream or sauce.
3. Eggplant dip
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If we Google dish preparations with eggplant, the list is quite long. This is a tasty and, above all, versatile vegetable: it can be roasted, made gratin, steamed, marinated, breaded or fried, and even used as a substitute for pasta recipes such as cannelloni or lasagna.
Eggplant also looks great in dips. That’s why we couldn’t resist sharing a homemade dip that tastes delicious with pita bread chips.
- 2 pounds unpeeled eggplant
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- Toast eggplant on each side in a frying pan, the oven, or by putting it directly on the stovetop burners.
- Once the eggplants are completely toasted on the outside and soft on the inside, cut them in half, take the pulp out with the help of a spoon and put it in a blender or food processor.
- Add the rest of the ingredients except the parsley and mix until everything is integrated.
- Serve the dip in a small bowl and drizzle it with a small amount of parsley.
Remember that you can play with the texture of your dip. If you want it to look creamy, use more eggplants. Instead, if you like a more liquid mixture, add extra olive oil.
Tips: for eggplant dip to taste like Arabic dish you can add 4 tablespoons of tahini paste.
What is the best sides to go with your dips?
As we mentioned at the beginning of this blog, the wonderful thing about dips is that you can make them to your liking.
Here are some of the most used sides:
- Pita bread
- French fries
- Fresh veggies: raw vegetables cut into sticks. For example: cucumber, carrot, celery, zucchini, or peppers.
Encourage yourself to try them all until you find your favorite side for each dip.
What did you think of these homemade dips? Did you see how easy they’re to prepare?
At EFOODTRAINER we would love to know which dips you are planning to surprise your guests with. If you have an irresistible recipe, share it with us in the comments.
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