Saturday, March 3, 2012

My Favorite Dips

 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:

Spinach Dip
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.  

My favorite is to eat this with a Wheat Thin.  
 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.   

I am linking up with Metamorphosis Monday and these other Awesome Parties!  Check 'em out.


  1. Both of these dips look divine, but that spinach dip is going on my "must try" list! Thanks for the great recipes!

  2. I love dips too and these are 2 of my favorites too! I did the Dried Beef Cheese Ball for Christmas Eve this year and it was a hit! I love the idea of serving as a dip though. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon!

  3. I love spinach dip but since everyone else in my house is opposed to eating anything green I'll have to save that one for a party. The dried beef looks like something my guys would pounce on, though!

  4. This looks good. I really like spinach dip but have never made it. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Home is Where My Story Begins. Come by and visit if you get a chance :) Happy weekend!

  5. I love spinach dip and both of these look delicious! I would love for you to share them at allergy free wednesdays here: Hope to see you there!

  6. Hi Mamie,
    This is a great dip and perfect for a St. Patrick's celebration! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day and Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. I'm picking the dried beef cheese ball as a dip for tortilla chips. Veggie sticks can also be great for this dip. I can also use this as a spread for my bagel or sandwich. This can also be served during breakfast and snack time. Yummy!