Friday, January 31, 2014

Weekend Recipe - Dips for the Big Game

One of the quickest and easiest chip, bread and veggie dips is Ranch.  So I worked on a couple of ways you can dress up Ranch Dressing.  It is like getting three dips in one!

Put out one dish of traditional ranch, then make the Buffalo Dip and the Chessy Bacon Dip below and you will have a great trio!  Or you can try our exotic Dilly Ranch.

Buffalo Ranch Dip

1 Cup Prepared Ranch Dressing (we recommend Backyard Patch Ranch Dressing mix)
1 Tablespoon of Buffalo Hot Wing Sauce

Simply mix the two together. I like my food spicy so if you like a mild hot flavor start out with 1 teaspoon of wing sauce and add more if you like.

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Dip

1 cup Prepared Ranch Dressing (again we recommend Backyard Patch Ranch Dressing mix)
1 Tbls. Parmesan Cheese, grated
1 Tbls. Romano Cheese, grated
3 pieces of crispy bacon

Blend the prepared Ranch with grated cheese.  Cook the bacon until crispy, cool and loosely chop. You want some bigger pieces and some smallish pieces. Stir the bacon into the Ranch Dressing and cheese and serve.

Dilly Ranch Dip

1 cup prepared Ranch Dressing (We recommend Backyard Patch Ranch Dressing mix)
1 8 oz block of cream cheese
1 teaspoon of chopped fresh dill

Allow cream cheese to soften or you can use a container of the soft spread cream cheese if you don’t like waiting around for the block of cream cheese to soften.  Put the softened cream cheese in a medium size bowl and using an electric beater beat the cream cheese until it is smooth. Add the Ranch Dressing to the bowl and beat with the mixer until smooth and completely combined.
Chop the dill, add to the bowl and mix it for about thirty second to incorporate the dill into the dip.

And for those who like more dill flavor than the recipe above.  Try this Cucumber Dill Dip that is the perfect cooling dip blend to go with hot wings.

Cucumber and Dill Dip

4 oz softened cream cheese
3 heaping teaspoons sour cream
1/2 cucumber, peeled and de-seeded
1 tablespoon fresh dill and chop finely
           (or for a more flavorful dip use 1 Tbls Backyard Patch Dill Dip Mix)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Peel & de-seed cucumber. Dice cucumber finely. Chop fresh dill.  Mix the softened cream cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper until smooth.  Add the cucumber and dill to the cream cheese mixture. Mix until combined. Refrigerate 2 hours to overnight.  Stir well before serving and adjust salt and pepper if needed.

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