This casual request from friends can strike fear into our hearts. There’s no crying in the kitchen for you, Whimsy Chef. You’re covered for any occasion with any one of these four, simple dips: Hummus, Baba Ganoush, Guacamole & Bean Dip. If your friends are anything like mine these will be welcomed time and time again.
The Baba and Bean dips are even better if they’re made the night before. Guac should be freshly prepared just prior to serving. Remember to taste everything as you’re blending the dips. All these dishes you’ll adjust salt, acid and base ingredients to your own personal taste. Also, you’re probably hungry.
Hummus – Crowd favorite. Embrace your whimsy and sub white beans for garbanzos. Serve with grilled & chilled veggies, copious fruity olive oil & plenty of bread. If you have time, next level this humble appy by making your own Pita.
Baba Ganoush – really similar to hummus but not so beany. Be good to your low carb compadres and make some grilled veg to serve with your Baba. Roasted garlic is also a perfect accompaniment because you’re already roasting or grilling the eggplant. Also totally awesome with home made Pita.
Guac – Need I say more? Everyone has a guac recipe but often they are complicated and become more of a salad than a dip. Keep it simple friends. Serve with Jicama and chips. Slice the Jicama pretty thick and top with a sprinkle of salt and a squeeze of lime; it’s a refreshingly light dip vehicle for guac.
Black Bean Dip – yeah, it’s a little unrefined but it’s amazing served as an afternoon snack while day drinking (ok, maybe you call it watching football) or as a late-night snack when you’re too cheap to go to a food truck. You can always make a snack for an impromptu happy hour if you keep beans and limes on hand. Recipe below.
- 1 can of black beans
- 2 limes, juiced
- 1 clove of garlic
- cilantro, handful
- salt to taste
- Drain and rinse the beans. Toss them into your blender.
- Add the other ingredients reserving ½ the lime juice. Blend. Add a few drops of water if it's thick.
- Add the remaining lime juice slowly if you like.
- Taste this one with a chip as you don't want to oversalt when serving with salty chips.
- This dip is a gnarly color but it tastes yummy. Perhaps top with diced tomato and flecks of chopped cilantro (and a squeeze of lime) if you're serving at a party with good lighting.