How To... Doll Up Your Dishes With Dips
Dips are more than just appetizers or snacks! Add flavor to your favorite recipes by dabbling with dollops and drizzles of dips.
Step 1: Dip your dish
Dips were created for... well, dipping, so anything that can be dipped deserves a little dipping love. Think for a second about your favorite meals -- if any of them can be turned into finger food, pair them with a dip! For instance, cut baked chicken into smaller strips and dip them in a preserved lemon dip or a tangy barbeque sauce.
You can approach desserts the same way -- put together fruit, pretzels and marshmallows and enjoy dipping them in a delicious chocolate fondue.
Step 2: Drizzle your dish
Sometimes the consistency of your meal makes it harder to dip, but if you just want a hint of added flavor, give it a drizzle of a dip on top. For example, you could try a drizzle of sweet and creamy yogurt or caramel dip on top of your standard fruit salad recipe. We especially like the Quick & Creamy Caramel Fruit Dip Recipe.
Drizzling is also a great way to add a little spice to a dish. For instance, you could drizzle enchiladas with a jalapeno dip or pork chops with a honey mustard dip.
Step 3: Dollop your dish
When you dollop, you're going "all in" on added flavor, so it's important that you like the dip and the flavor combination of the dip and the dish. Dollop away on dishes that are easy to mix up, like soups, stews, salads and baked potatoes. We like the El Taco Loco Dip Recipe dolloped on tortilla soup or taco salad in place of sour cream.
Step 4: Dive all the way in!
When you really love a dip, there's no sense making it sit on the sidelines -- try incorporating it into your recipe for a whole new taste sensation. We love how the Future Food Brands Santa Barbara Bay created Artichoke and Jalapeno Potato Cakes using an artichoke jalapeno dip:
artichocke and jalapeno potato cakes
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