Why should veggies have all the fun? Try these dips to accompany summer’s bounty of fruit.
When you think about dip, do chips come to mind, followed closely by, say, vegetables (think carrots with either hummus or ranch dressing)? But what about pairing fruit with dip? We say absolutely! In fact, “fruit and dip is a no-fuss menu option for any summer gathering, even if that gathering is just your family’s weeknight dessert,” says Amy Anderson of the A Little Nosh food blog.
Whether you’re at the pool or the picnic table, try some of these inspired combinations served in clever ways.
Say yes to yogurt! Start with this basic yogurt dip recipe: Mix an 8-ounce package of softened cream cheese with 1 cup of plain yogurt and 2 tablespoons of honey. Add ¼ teaspoon of almond or vanilla extract. Gussy the dip up by swapping flavored yogurt for the plain and switching sweeteners. For example, try banana yogurt with peanut butter, strawberry yogurt with brown sugar, and key lime or orange yogurt with honey.
Do some double-dipping. Place a small bowl of brown sugar next to a bowl of sour cream and encourage dipping into each. For something a little different, substitute graham cracker or cookie crumbs for the brown sugar and serve them with whipped cream or melted chocolate.
Go all in for chocolate. Whip 1 cup of heavy cream until stiff peaks form. In a separate mixing bowl, stir together 8 ounces of cream cheese and 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar until smooth. Add ¾ cup of hazelnut-chocolate spread and stir until well combined. Gently fold in the whipped cream.
Pay attention to presentation. Whether you’re putting together a quick snack for the kids or creating a party dish, don’t forget about the presentation. “A fun serving idea is to hull a strawberry and fill it with dip, chocolate, or whipped cream,” says Anderson. Pretty presentation plus individual servings—delish!
Here are a few other staging ideas to try:
- Ice cream cones: Put dip into a basic sugar cone, add fruit, and top with whipped cream or sprinkles.
- Small glasses: On a serving tray, line up shot glasses or juice glasses filled with dip and diced fruit. Place a cocktail fork in each glass.
- Mini apples: Use a melon baller to make tiny apple bites, and then let guests dip them into caramel sauce.
- Citrus pleasers: Hollow out lemons or limes and fill them with dip and diced fruit. Garnish each with a sprig of fresh mint.
- Tiers of joy: Arrange fruit on a three-tiered serving dish. Using a pastry bag fitted with a star tip, pipe dip or whipped cream around the plate edges.
- Skewer sensations: Alternate strawberries and chunks of sponge cake on kebab skewers, and dip the pieces into melted chocolate or the yogurt dip described above.
- Faux nachos: Top slices of fruit (firm ripe peaches and nectarines are good choices) with drizzles of caramel or chocolate sauce. Add a few dollops of whipped cream and chopped candied pecans.