I love appetizers.
I love dips.
These are two of my favorite dips.
Both can be made without milk. Bonus.
String Beane would not touch either of these with a 10 foot pole. So, sometimes I make them with milk and sometimes without. Depends on the situation.
Both get a lot of positive comments and people always ask for the recipes.
So here are the recipes:
1 package of frozen chopped spinach, thaw and squeezed dry
1 cup sour cream (Toufutti Sour Supreme if making milk free)
1 cup Mayonnaise
1 package Knorr dried Vegetable Soup Mix
1 can water chestnuts -chopped (optional)
1/2 of a medium onion, chopped or grated, to taste
Mix all ingredients and refrigerate overnight.
Give this a quick stir before serving.
I love to dip this with the Barely Naked Pita Chips or Triscuits.
There goes Mr. Homegrown with a Triscuit. He loves this stuff.
My other very favorite dip is more of a Cheese Ball. This one can also be made without milk. Double bonus.
Dried Beef Cheese Ball
2 8oz blocks of cream cheese, softened (Toufutti Cream Cheese if you need it to be milk free)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire
2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Horseradish
1 teaspoon Dried Minced Onion, soaked in a little water to rehydrate
2 (2oz) packages dried beef, shredded in the food processor
Mix all ingredients together. Form into a ball and refrigerate overnight. You can also serve this immediately and will be more "dip" like in consistency.
Here is Mr. Homegrown digging in with a Wheat Thin.
I have made both of these with and without the regular milk ingredients. I can tell no difference in the Spinach Dip at all. There is a small taste difference in the Dried Beef cheese ball, but both are really good.
These are great to have at a party where you want all the food allergy friendly so there will not be any chance of people dropping or mixing milk foods on safe foods.
This way you can actually move away from the food table instead of guarding it like some sort of watch dog and offering to make everyone's plate. Been there.