Party Dips

So by now I EVERYBODY knows the awesomeness of my tortilla chips! :) and their presence was requested at my friends birthday party. I decided to make some dips to accompany the tortillas and began contemplating what I could make. The though of making dips from scratch is far more daunting than the process actually entailed.
after watching a few youtube videos and consulting a friend (Thanks Jay)... I decided on tzatziki, roast pepper and caramelized onion dips. :)
The tzaztiki is made with greek yogurt and cucumber. I had forgotten to buy yogurt and used smooth cottage cheese instead.
I used:
  • 1 cucumber, de-cored and cubed
  • 1 tub of plain smooth cottage cheese
  • table spoon of olive oil
  • table spoon of lemon juice
  • teaspoon garlic
  • salt and pepper.
One site suggested de-coring the cucumber as the seeds are rather watery and this makes your dip all watery which does not look appetizing. So I sliced the cucumber down the middle, and with a teaspoon, scrapped out the seeds  All of the above ingredients get tossed into the food processor and wizzed around till all blended. Since we added more liquid in the form of lemon juice and olive oil, I emptied the mixture from the food processor into a sieve over a bowl. This allows all the wateryness of the dip to drip into the bowl, leaving you with a nice thick dip.:)

The next dip was balsamic and caramelized onions
for this the ingredients were
  • 2 onions chopped
  • garlic
  • 3 teaspoons of sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (maybe more)
  • 1 tub smooth cottage cheese
  • half a tub of sour cream
  • oil for frying

 The onions are fried in the garlic and then once a little softened, add the sugar... fry for a little longer, then add the balsamic vinegar and continue to fry till the onions are soft and sticky. Parts of the onion may burn a little but thats just the sugar. :) Once cooked, (they should no longer be crunchy - unless that's your preference) let them cool. if you mix them in with the cottage cheese now, the cheese will just melt and be all icky!
Once cooled, they go in the food processor with a bit of sour cream and cottage cheese. This is sort of to taste, if you want less of an oniony flavour then add more cheese or sour cream. Add salt and pepper to taste.

The last dip I made was roasted Pepper dip.
for this dip I used:
  • 1 red pepper and 1 yellow pepper
  • garlic
  • oil for roasting
  • 1 tub sour cream
  • salt and pepper
  • cayenne pepper
For this dip I cut up the peppers and de-seeded them. rubbed them in a little oil till they were all coated. placed them on a baking sheet, seasoned with salt and pepper and roasted in the oven. I am not quite sure how long but i think it was about 30 min. Roast them at 180 degrees till they start to brown, blacken slightly.If you used whole cloves of garlic, roast those too!

Then same as before, fling into the processor with the sour cream and mix. add salt and pepper and a couple of shakes of cayenne pepper to taste. Since the peppers are quite liquidy... this dip will need to be drained too, as with the tzatziki. :)

So you see... no mess no fuss... well... I suppose if you have a food processor... ummm... if you don't  I'm sure you could still achieve a good result. Would just involve a lot more hard labour.... Chopping a lot more finely and a lot more arm action in the stirring and mixing!  :)
But anyways, there you have it! :)

OK bye bye :)


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