Saturday, February 23, 2008

Appetizers & Dips

I am an appetizer lover. I can not count over the years how many times we've gone out to eat and I've ordered appetizers. No main course, just appetizers. I found a whole slew of very easy dip recipes that I wanted to share. You can serve these with crackers, cut up bread, bread sticks, vegetables or tortilla chips:

Taco Dip

1 pound ground beef
2 - 16 ounce packages cubed processed cheese
1 1/2 cups salsa
several drops of hot sauce

Brown the ground beef and drain. In a seperate saucepan, heat the cheese and salsa until the cheese melts. Add the hot sauce. Add the cooked meat and mix well. Serve warm.

Taco Dip with Beans

1 - 15 ounce cans of bean dip
1 pound ground beef
1 - 4 ounce can green chiles
1 cup salsa
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Brown the ground beef and drain. Layer the bean dip, ground beef, chiles and salsa in a 3 quart baking dish. Top with cheese. Bake 350 degrees until cheese melts, about 15 minutes. Serve warm.

Veggie Dip

1 - 10 ounce package of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 - 16 ounce container of sour cream
1 package of dry vegetable soup mix
1 bunch green onions, chopped
3/4 cup chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients well in a bowl. Chill to blend flavors.

Spinach Dip

1 - 10 ounce package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 package of dry vegetable soup mix
1/2 cup minced onion
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream

Mix all ingredients well in a bowl. Chill to blend flavors.

Avocado-Onion Dip

1 package dry onion soup mix
1 - 8 ounce container of sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 ripe avocados, mashed
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Mix all ingredients. Chill and serve.

Crunchy Asparagus Dip

1 - 14 ounce can asparagus spears, drained and chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients and chill.

Hot Broccoli Dip

2 - 16 ounce packages cubed mexican processes cheese
1 - 10 ounce can mushroom soup
1 - 10 ounce package chopped broccoli, thawed and drained

In a saucepan, melt cheese with soup. Stir in broccoli. Heat through and serve warm.

Cucumber Dip

2 medium cucumbers
2 - 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
1 package dry ranch salad dressing mix
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
several drops of hot sauce

Peel and seed cucumbers. Grate cucumbers. In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, hot sauce, salad dressing and garlic powder. Beat until creamy. Add cucumbers and mix well.

Artichoke Bacon Dip

1 - 14 ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
5 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Pour into sprayed 8 inch casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Serve warm.

Shrimp Dip

2 - 6 ounce cans tiny cooked shrimp, drained
2 cups mayonnaise
6 green onions, finely chopped
3/4 cup chunky salsa

Crumble shrimp. Stir in mayonnaise, onion and salsa. Chill several hours.

Hope you enjoy these very easy to prepare dips.

Audrey :)
http://mytupperware.com/audreyoka

3 comments:

Kerry said...

You always have the best recipes - thank you. Thank you for the kind comment too!! Have a great one!

Valerie said...

yum!
my favorite really doesn't take any cooking..one block of cream cheese covered with Homade Chili Sauce (in the ketchup section). sooooo flipping good!

and thanks, BTW, for stopping by my little corner of the internet!

Audrey said...

You can also pour cocktail sauce over cream cheese for another great taste.