It’s party season and that means that it is dip season! If you have a good selection of dips, that are more adventurous than sour cream and chive, then you will have some happy party-goers. If it is delicious with a healthy twist then they will be even happier!
I am not sure what it is about dips at parties, but people just seem to gravitate to it. Crudités, crisps or chunks of bread, they all go in to the dip. It’s an easy party food that keeps everyone happy, unless someone is a double dipper – that usually splits opinion.
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We love a Christmas party at our house and I always go over the top with party food. I just don’t like the thought of people going home hungry, but there is never any chance of that. I make enough food for about 4 times the amount of people that we have round. This year it is going to be different, as I just don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen making party food, so I want things that are really quick and simple, but still a bit special too. It is Christmas after all!
The Christmas markets have finally arrived in Manchester. Yaaaaaay! The Manchester Christmas markets are actually world renowned, and voted some of the best in the world. They are Bavarian markets, with lots of traditional food and drink and a singing moose. Yep, a moose head (not real moose) that sings Christmas carols.
We go at least a few times a year to stock up on chocolates, nice little craft gifts and indulge in some mulled wine and soak up the festive atmosphere.
They also have a stall that sells the most amazing olives and sun-dried tomatoes. Every year I go there for the feel samples and this year I thought it was time to buy something, as I have definitely got my money’s worth in free samples over the years.
They aren’t like the sun-dried tomatoes that you buy in jars that are dripping with oil. They are the perfect amount of oiliness, but with the main flavour being the tomato. I bought enough to be able to snack on some, and then make a dip with the rest. I have never eaten a creamy sun-dried tomato before, only ever having had it as a tapenade, but I thought it has to be a thing. Now it is!
I also wanted a fairly chunky dip to go with some new crisps that I have discovered – Chirps free range egg white bites. Being totally honest, I was a little sceptical when Two Chicks (the makers of the crisps) reached out to me as I thought “egg white crisps?”, but it turns out that are amazing. The texture is a little different to potato crisps, but I liked that. The most important thing is that they are full of flavour – my favourite is the sour cream and onion, as it’s such a strong flavour and definitely not lacking like with some crisps.
The added bonus of these is that they are higher in protein and lower in fat and carbs than a regular crisp – each bacg has around 9g of protein in it. Two Chicks are famous for their liquid egg whites, and now they have found a way to turn those in to a delicious healthier snack. I have bumped up the protein of this snack by pairing it with this dip that is made with Greek yoghurt. They are no-GMO and all the flavours are natural – they come in Sour Cream and Chive, Sea Salt and Black Pepper and Smokey Jalapeño.
Ingredients – Serves 6:
– 150g Fat Free Greek Yoghurt
– 125g sun-dried tomatoes
– 2 spring onions
– A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
– Water, enough to reach desired consistency
1) Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add water, a little bit at a time, until it reaches the desired consistency. I added about 3 tbsp, as I still wanted it fairly chunky.
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**This recipe is commissioned by Two Chicks, however all opinions are my own**