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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Have a dip cook-off at your next women's group meeting

Monday evening we had a fun get together for our women's group.

We carpooled to our group leader's home to help her make wedding favors for her upcoming wedding reception - little pill boxes made from pale yellow cardstock and stamped with royal/navy blue wedding stamps. After the boxes were stamped and assembled, a ribbon accent was added. She will stuff them with small candy treats near the wedding date.

Of course, we couldn't work so hard without a snack, so we had a "Dip Cook-Off." Each of us brought our favorite dip recipe to sample while our hostess provided an assortment of crackers and pretzels. The "winners" of the dip contest would be featured on the refreshment table at our group leader's reception.

A yummy assortment of dips appeared on her counter including a crab dip, 2 kinds of spicy buffalo chicken dip, cheese logs, a fruit dip and honey mustard dip. They were all so good, I thought I'd share a few here.

Honey Mustard Dip

I found this recipe a few years ago when I needed to make a dip for a party and had no sour cream. It was so easy and tasted so good with pretzels, cheese and summer sausage that I've made it for all my parties. It can be made in any quantity using the following recipe:

One part mustard - brown spicy, Dijon or yellow - you can mix them if desired.
One part honeyTwo parts mayonnaise - you can substitute Miracle Whip, or the low fat varieties to cut the fat and calories

Mix together and serve.

Crab Dip
I had never tasted this one before, but thought it was excellent.

Soften 1 package of Cream cheese and mix with 1 package of crab meat. Spread in the bottom of an aluminum pizza pan and top with your favorite cocktail sauce.

So easy and tasty.

Buffalo Chicken Dip
I'm not sure if this is the recipe used by one of our ladies, but it sounds like the dip she made. I love the heat to this one and could easily go overboard with it.

2 pounds of chicken breasts
Frank's hot sauce - 12 oz bottle
2- 8 oz packages or one 16 oz package of cream cheese
1 - 16 oz bottle of Ranch dressing
8 oz. of your favorite cheese grated (sharp cheddar, Jack cheese, etc.)

Cook and shred chicken. Mix all ingredients and place in crock pot (a small one quart crock pot works great for this dip) and heat on low until ingredients are melted and heated through. Serve warm.

Do you have a favorite (and easy) dip recipe to share? I'm always on the lookout for things to try at church gatherings!

2 comments:

Wedding Postage said...

Bonnie,

That is a nice idea to make the social gathering about helping the bride prepare her wedding favors.

If you;re alone, that's one of those chores in which the first few are fun, then you feel liek you'll never finish. I bet with the whole group, you turned it into a fun time.

Deborah said...

This is such a great idea. I can't wait to try some of your recipes.

Blessings!