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Dip into summer cooking

By on July 2, 2009

pizza dip
photo by Andrea R.

Summer dips are delicious to serve at backyard barbecues, parties and potlucks. They’re easy to make, can be served with most anything, transport well and are kid-friendly, too. Hot dips can be kept warm in a slow cooker, and cold dips can be placed on a container of ice. Homemade dip is going to outshine the tub of ranch-style veggie dip. There’s just one rule: No double-dipping.

Pizza Dip

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
8 ounces pizza sauce
2 tablespoons green pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons green onions, thinly sliced
breadsticks or tortilla chips

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and Italian seasoning. Spread in an ungreased 9-inch microwave-safe plate. In a bowl, combine the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses; sprinkle half over the cream cheese. Top with the pizza sauce, remaining cheese mixture, green pepper and onion. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 3 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Serve with breadsticks or tortilla chips. Double the recipe, if you like, and keep it warm in a slow cooker for parties. — Ellise, South Carolina



1 cup warm water (110 F)
2 tablespoons sugar
2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3 cups bread flour, reserve 1 cup
3 tablespoons butter, softened

1 tablespoon butter, melted
1-1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese

Cook’s note: I have learned to withhold at least a cup of the flour when I bake bread until I start kneading the bread. It helps me control how dry the dough will come out. You can always add more flour, but you can’t take it out.

Preheat oven to 450 F. Mix together water, sugar and yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes until it becomes foamy. In a separate bowl, combine the salt, Italian seasonings and garlic powder with 2 cups of the flour (see Cook’s note). Place the softened butter in with the yeast mixture; then add the flour mixture. Combine with your hands, and knead onto a lightly floured surface, adding the additional cup of flour if needed. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes or until it is smooth and elastic. Divide the dough in half. Cut each portion into 12 pieces, and roll each piece into a 4- to 6-inch rope. Place them about 2 inches apart onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 20 minutes or until doubled. Bake at 350 F, for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately brush with the topping mixture, and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. — Debbie, Missouri

pumkin dip
photo by bdjsb7

Pumpkin Dip

1 (5-ounce) package instant-vanilla-pudding mix
1 (15-ounce) can solid-pack pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
1 (16-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

In a large bowl, mix together instant vanilla-pudding mix, pumpkin and pumpkin-pie spice. Fold in the whipped topping. Chill in the refrigerator until serving. Serve with cinnamon graham crackers, apple slices or vanilla wafers. — Lori, Illinois

Fruit Dip

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, combine all three ingredients. Chill in the refrigerator 1 hour before serving. Serve with fresh fruit. — Michelle, Canada

One Comment

  1. Saule

    7/18/2010 at 2:09 pm

    I adore guacamole, but avocados can be expensive and they turn brown so fast. This is a great substitute – it’s really delicious, and a lot of people don’t even realize that it’s not made from avocados!

    Sweet Pea Guacamole

    By sugarpea on October 06, 2003


    4 Reviews

    * timer
    * Prep Time: 10 mins
    * Total Time: 10 mins min
    * Serves: 0

    About This Recipe

    “If you’re watching your fat intake, or even if you’re not this is very low in fat, delicious and beautiful. And it doesn’t turn black. Works with anything avocado guacamole works with. Try it with Southwestern Potato Chips.”

    o 2 tablespoons olive oil
    o 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    o 1/4 bunch cilantro
    o 2 jalapenos or serrano chilies
    o 1 lb frozen peas
    o 1/4 teaspoon cumin
    o 1/4 teaspoon salt
    o 1/4 medium red onions


    1. In a food processor, process onion until finely diced; remove and set aside.
    2. Add oil, lime juice, cilantro and pepper until roughly pureed.
    3. Add peas, cumin and salt; blend until smooth, there will still be a few lumps, leave them.
    4. Remove mixture to bowl and stir in onion.

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