Dip Tips


      Instead of the usual sour cream or yoghurt dip, why not try something different. Using the proportions of the basic (1 tablespoon Bittersweet Blend to 1 cup dairy product) party dip recipe (as above) substitute the dairy product for one suggested below.


Different Party Dip Bases

  • Cooked and mashed eggplant 
  • mashed chickpeas, cannellini (butter beans), kidney beans or cooked lentils
  • Salmon or tuna, mashed
  • Avocado, mashed
  • Cook and whizz green beans or peas
  • Tofu, use silky
  • Different Dairy (try low fat where available): ricotta, quarg, cottage cheese, reduced cream or crème freche

Different Additions to Party Dips

  • Diced red, green and/or yellow peppers (raw or roasted)
  • Minced red onion
  • Chopped black or green olives
  • Lots of coarsely ground black pepper
  • Chopped and toasted almonds, sunflower seeds or pine nuts
  • Chopped pistachios, walnuts, pecans or peanuts
  • Rinse, refresh, and dry a tin of 4 Beans (in brine)
  • To one-cup party dip add ¼ cup grated Parmesan or tasty cheese
  • One tablespoon mashed, roasted garlic to one cup of dip
  • Dash of soy, Hosin, Worcestershire, Tabasco sauces (or Bittersweet Cajun or Chili to add heat to savoury flavours), or mustard (dry or prepared - each mustard will create a different result)

Different Dippers

  • All kinds of vegetables: carrots, celery, spring onions, courgettes, cucumbers, broccoli, capsicum strips, and cauliflower florets, slightly steamed green beans, or snow peas, or…
  • • Cooked and chilled tortellini (cut in half?)
  • • Bread sticks
  • • Cooked prawns
  • • Surimi pieces on toothpicks
  • • Bok choy, Shanghi or endive leaves
  • • Radish slices
  • • Cooked artichoke leaves
  • • Small mushrooms or mushroom slices

Uses for Leftover Dairy Party Dips:

  • • Mix with vinegar or lemon juice for salad dressings, marinades or coatings.
  • • Mix with mashed potatoes instead of milk and butter (great potato pancakes).
  • • Use as you would tomato or tartare sauce.
  • • Garnish soups. Us a good dessertspoonful and swirl in each bowl of soup.
  • • Add grated cheese, spread on bread slice and grill.
  • • In bread making – use yoghurt bread recipe, substitute dip.
  • • Dips (sour cream or cream cheese) are a more flavourful sandwich spread than mayonnaise. Substitute low fat yoghurt for sour cream or cream cheese and get lots of flavour and fewer calories.