The mercury is rising as summer approaches, and fresh veggies will soon be readily accessible and cheap. A great compliment to a fantastic spread of vegetables is a good, hearty dip. Below is a favorite recipe of mine for a dip that I make all summer for BBQ's, carry-in's, and just to keep at home for my own personal indulgences:
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 8 ounces Hellman's (needs to be mayonnaise, not Miracle Whip or the like)
- 1 package Knorr's Vegetable Soup Mix
- 1/2 to 1 can of water chestnuts, drained and chopped (optional)
- 1 tsp parmesan cheese (optional)
Mix all ingredients together, being sure not to over stir as this can cause the mixture to separate as it sits. Allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator, or until dried soup mix is rehydrated and soft (at least 4 hours). Stir before serving with your favorite vegetables. Note: water chestnuts are not on much flavor, but add a great crunch to the dip.
For a great spinach dip, use the above recipe and add a well-drained package of frozen spinach (that has been thawed). I have found that making a double batch of the dip and one package of spinach will make the perfect dip and enough left over to save for myself. When using a single batch and a full package of spinach, the dip can become too "spinach-y" and thick to be used as a dip.
Got a favorite recipe?
I am always interested in great summertime recipes and would love any that you're willing to share. Bring on the BBQs, picnics, and bonfires!