There is nothing better than home parties during the cold winter days. If you want to diversify your appetizers and are tired of eating unhealthy chips, popcorn and fried nuts, here are some suggestions for easy and delicious party dips that will combine nicely with breadsticks, bruschetta or rusks.
First let us look at what the difference is between dip, dressing, and ranch dressing. What all 3 have in common is that they are all sauces. The difference is in the consistency. Dip is thicker, almost a puree mixture, more suitable for spreading than pouring. It is very convenient to scoop up with breadsticks, bruschetta, Arabic or Indian pitas. Dressing means sauce, but is most often used as a synonym for salad dressing. Ranch is a sauce with a milky-cream base, combined with certain spices.
Our first proposal is a party dip with cottage cheese.
Choose a cottage cheese that is not watery. Depending on the consistency, the quantity of the yoghurt and mayonnaise, it may vary. It is key for the mixture not to be too runny, at a density that is convenient for "scooping".
You will need the following products:
14 oz of fresh unflavored cottage cheese, half a head of red onion - grated or blended, 2 cloves of crushed garlic, 2/5 cup strained yoghurt, 2/3 cup mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon of sea salt, or as much as you want by taste, a pinch of black pepper and 3 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped.
Method of preparation :
Crumble the cottage cheese with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix everything well until you get a homogeneous mixture. Before serving this dip, we recommend letting it stand for at least an hour to allow the mixture to absorb the flavor of the garlic and dill. It can be stored in the refrigerator.
Dip with avocado, garlic, tomato and fresh coriander
No, this is not the famous guacamole! The appearance is similar, but the taste is quite different.
Before making this dip, you should make sure you like the flavor of coriander. Otherwise, you can substitute it with parsley.
You will need:
1 large avocado, 1 large ripe but firm tomato, half an onion head, 2 cloves of garlic, 20-25 fresh coriander leaves (or parsley), salt and pepper to taste, 2 tbsp of olive oil and the juice of half a lemon.
Method of preparation :
All products must be cut, you can use a blender to mash the onion and garlic with coriander (or parsley), oil and lemon juice. If you are not using a blender, crush the garlic and chop the onion and coriander (parsley) very finely.
Clean and peel the avocado, then cut it into small cubes. Cut the tomato in half, peel the skin and remove the pedicle, seeds and all of the liquid parts. This dip requires only the solid part. All products are mixed in a suitable container and stirred carefully until homogeneous.
It is best to leave it for an hour in the fridge - so that the products mix and season better. Note that this dip is not very long-lasting and should be consumed immediately after serving.
Enjoy your meal and Cheers!