Everybody needs to have a ready supply of dip recipes ready for dinner parties or lunchtime get togethers. Here are a few recipes that are easy to make. All you need is a blender and a good local supermarket.
The Dips are best served with Corn Chips, Fried Bread, or Crudites.
I find this combination of dips works well with a simple salad.
Garlic and Herb Mayo
Tin of Chick Peas
A neutral tasting oil such as sunflower or Olive Oil pomace.
Fresh Herbs (Dill or Coriander)
Open tin of Chick Peas and pour half of the water in to a jug.
Add 200l Oil
1 Clove Garlic
1 tsp Mustard
Tlbsp Cider Vinegar
Blend all ingredients together into an emulsion. If you prefer it thicker, add more oil. Chop 1 tblsp Herbs by hand and mix in to Mayo.
Beetroot and Cream Cheese
1 precooked Beet Root
80g Vegan Cream Cheese
Blend Ingredients to give a creamy pink coloured dip
Red Pepper Hummus
1 Tin Chick Peas
2 Cloves Garlic
1 tblsp Tahini
Juice of half a Lemon
Roasted Red Pepper
Roast a red pepper by burning it in a gas hob. If you do not have a gas hob you can roast it using a blow torch, or else brush with oil and oven roast. When the skin is black put the pepper in a plastic bag or in a bowl and cover. Leave to cool down, the moisture evaporating will lift the skin. Cut down the middle, drain liquid from cooking and remove seeds.
Drain Chick Peas and put in a blender with the rest of the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste. This way of roasting the Pepper gives it a smokey taste.
2 Cloves Garlic
Roast the Aubergine over a gas flame turning frequently until it is soft to touch and the skin is charcoaled.
Cut down the middle and remove the flesh.
Put in a blender with a tblsp of Tahini and Garlic. Blend and season to taste.
You can up the Garlic content in this dip and add a pinch of Cumin if you like.
Cashew Nut Pate
200g Cashew Nuts
Roast the Cashew Nuts on a dry pan. Put them in a blender a blend to a dusty powder.
Remove nuts from the blender, put them in a bowl. Add all other ingredients to the blender and blend briefly (not too fine). Add this mix to the cashews and mix by hand. Season with salt and pepper. Shape into a log, roll in Black Poppy Seeds, or Sesame seeds, and put in the fridge for an hour. It will then be ready to slice and serve with Toast and the rest of the dips.
This pate has a subtle taste but is lovely on Toast or Fried Bread with the rest of these dips.
A ripe Avocado
Use a fork to crush the Avocados, or else use a blender for a smoother finish. Squeeze a whole lime of juice into the mix. Finely Chop Spring Onion a nd mix through. Season to taste. The Lime juice will also stop the Avocado from oxidising ad turning brown.
Chop the Tomatoes into the smallest pieces you can by hand. Dice the Cucmber. Chop the Coriander. Mix in a bowl and Add the Juice of half a Lime and half a Lemon. Season to taste.
If you make this salad an hour or two before serving you will notice juise at the end of the bpwl which has seeped from the Tomatoes and Cucumber, spoon this over the salad and check seasoning before serving.