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    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 22nd Dec 04, 5:56 AM
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    Home made Dips
    • #1
    • 22nd Dec 04, 5:56 AM
    Home made Dips 22nd Dec 04 at 5:56 AM
    Thought might be handy at this time of year, and cheaper than shop bought alternatives.
    My staple ingredients are mayonnaise, Greek or plain yoghourt/fromage fraise/creme-fraiche, home made tomato sauce, tins of beans such as canneloni/kidney/borlotti. From these you can make a wealth of dips. When buying yoghourts etc., go for longest lasting by sell date as you can, unless you know you are going to use them quickly. Depends on what I have in fridge whether I use yoghourt or fromage frais, creme fraiche, so will just state yoghourt in recipes for easiness! Soft cream cheese is also good.

    Mayonnaise/Yoghourt based dips - use 2tblsp mayonnaise, 2 tblsp yoghourt, squeeze lemon juice, salt and pepper.

    Prawn cocktail sauce/dip - Add 2 tsp tomato sauce, paprika. Add some finely chopped garlic/garlic salt if liked. Mix well.

    Mustard dip - 1 tsp grainy or Dijon mustard.

    Cheese & Onion - 1 oz finely grated strong cheddar, finely chopped onion/spring onion/chives

    Garlic - little finely chopped garlic/garlic salt.

    Chive/spring onion - finely chopped.

    Tex/Mex - 1 tsp tomato sauce, finely chopped chilli, or few drops chilli sauce.

    Indian - add 1 tsp any curry paste or powder, or some curry sauce.

    Raita - 4 tblsp yoghourt, finely chopped cucumber, 1/4 tsp garam masala. Add some finely chopped onion if liked, or if very brave, finely chopped chilli.

    Avocado Salsa - Mash avocado with some lemon juice, then mix in yoghourt and some finely chopped chilli/chilli sauce. This doesn't keep very well, so has to be made just prior to using.

    Home made Tomato sauce - (tin tomatoes chopped, finely chopped onion, garlic, tomato puree, 1tsp dried oregano (basil/Italian herbs) salt and pepper, dash of Worcestershire sauce if liked - blast in micro for 10/15 mins or simmer for 15/20 mins). Will take a bit longer cooking to make into thick sauce for dips.

    Good chilled and served as dip on its own ....... or add

    1 tsp curry powder or paste, or some curry sauce.

    Finely chopped chilli/chilli sauce/powder for mexican type tomato salsa. Add chopped cucumber, spring onion, sweetcorn if you like.

    Tinned beans
    Drain, whizz in processor, mix with yoghourt and lemon juice.

    Add finely chopped garlic, chilli.

    Add finely chopped garlic, chilli, cumin and cayenne pepper.

    Add chopped olives and capers.

    Well, some ideas to get you going anyway. I just use whatever I have, and make it up from there! Don't use any dried herbs in dips unless already cooked, as in tomato sauce. Fresh herbs finely chopped are fine.
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    • Ticklemouse
    • By Ticklemouse 22nd Dec 04, 9:00 AM
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    • #2
    • 22nd Dec 04, 9:00 AM
    Re: Home made Dips
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    • 22nd Dec 04, 9:00 AM
    Thanks for this - just need to get a few oddments from the supermarket now, so yoghurt will be on and dips out - deffo money saving !;D

    I was also wondering what to do with the advocados languishing in the bottom of my fridge cos I've no prawns. Might save one for a face pack but I like the sound of the salsa dip.

    Merry Christmas !

    • 16011996
    • By 16011996 22nd Dec 04, 9:13 AM
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    • #3
    • 22nd Dec 04, 9:13 AM
    Re: Home made Dips
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    • 22nd Dec 04, 9:13 AM
    thanks for those, they sound yum.
    • VickyA
    • By VickyA 22nd Dec 04, 10:21 AM
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    • #4
    • 22nd Dec 04, 10:21 AM
    Re: Home made Dips
    • #4
    • 22nd Dec 04, 10:21 AM
    They'll be ideal for my New Year's Eve party. Thanks.
  • crana9
    • #5
    • 22nd Dec 04, 2:42 PM
    Re: Home made Dips
    • #5
    • 22nd Dec 04, 2:42 PM
    I really like salsa made with fresh skinned tomatoes (chopped), little bit of red onion 9finely chopped) bit of chilli (I used the EPC ones in jars :-[ ) squirt of lemon juice, pinch of salt, and some fresh chopped coriander leaves. yummy.

    I have a recipe I want to try from the same book for loq fat chilli and onion dip using some finely-chopped onion, quark, and some tabasco green sauce.
  • chardonnay
    • #6
    • 22nd Dec 04, 6:07 PM
    Re: Home made Dips
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    • 22nd Dec 04, 6:07 PM
    brill tip. quite like dips but they are quite expensiveplus don't always like the supermarket ones. i'll give this a go. one question can you just use mayo on it's own instead of yogurt. and how long will it last ie, do you have to use it that day or can you prepare it the day before?
  • halloweenqueen
    • #7
    • 22nd Dec 04, 11:29 PM
    Re: Home made Dips
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    • 22nd Dec 04, 11:29 PM
    Usually find dips are one of the things that are cheap at xmas eve - but thanks for these recipes will come in very handy!
    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 23rd Dec 04, 5:14 AM
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    • #8
    • 23rd Dec 04, 5:14 AM
    Re: Home made Dips
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    • 23rd Dec 04, 5:14 AM
    Chardonnay, course you can just use mayonnaise, I just prefer a mix. Just use whatever you have handy! This year mine will be mix of mayo, greek yoghourt or fromage fraise since I have all 3, and if I run out of them, have got some soft cheese, but hoping to keep that for my cheese and biscuits! Dips should last several days covered in the fridge, apart from avocado dip, which never lasts 2 mins with me anyway!
    Can't see me getting much time to get back on here over next few days, think I am going to be bit busy!
    Merry Christmas and best wishes to all.
    • glo1967
    • By glo1967 13th Sep 07, 3:33 PM
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    • #9
    • 13th Sep 07, 3:33 PM
    Dips & Sauces - Recipes wanted
    • #9
    • 13th Sep 07, 3:33 PM
    Hi all,

    I want to start making my own dips, sauces, salad dressings & marinades. I can't find anything in the recipe's for these. I am sure we have many good cook's on MSE who would love to share their delicious recipe's (pretty please). My favourite dip is Yoghurt & Cucumber, but can't find it sold in supermarkets individually, only in a pack of 4, so would really appreciate your own recipes for making this along with any other's you would like to share. Thanks in advance..
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 13th Sep 07, 4:09 PM
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    Hi glo,

    These older threads should help:

    Home made Dips

    Salad dressing -How do you make yours?

    Making your own sauces?

    sauces for steaks

    marinade recipies

  • Joolzr68
    My recipe for a french salad dressing is,

    1. Take one old 500ml olive oil bottle with lid.

    2. Pour in 1" of white wine vinegar.

    3. Add olive oil that will float on top of the vinegar to about halfway up the bottle.

    4. Fill up to the bottom of the neckline with rapeseed oil.

    5. Plop in 1 heaped teaspoon of Dijon mustard and 1 slightly less heaped teaspoon of English mustard.

    6. Peel and slice a small garlic clove if liked and add.

    7. Grind in about 9 grinds of black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. I use a funnel to add this.

    8. Put on lid and shake very hard for about 1 min. Taste and add more salt if liked or for a sharper taste more vinegar.

    9. Use on salads and enjoy!

    I hope you like it. It must work out much cheaper than buying ready made dressing. It keeps for ages just in the cupboard but you could put it in the fridge if you want. I also keep the plastic pourer that the olive oil bottle comes with in the top (Filippo Berio olive oil) It makes poring your dressing
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    • glo1967
    • By glo1967 13th Sep 07, 7:21 PM
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    There are some really good recipes on those threads, thanks for that, better stock up my cupboards a bit. Netto has a good offer on from today of 24 jars dried herbs & stand for 14.99, might have a look at that to stock up on herbs.
    Other recipes I would like are for the cold pasta sauces that are used on the salad bar at Morrisons, any ideas....
  • kunekune
    Rather than put mine on the old threads (or would that be better?) here is it:

    Heat 2 tbsp or so of oil (not olive) in a pan. Add a finely chopped onion and cook until soft. Add garlic, 1/2 tsp chilli, and 1 tsp each of cumin and coriander. Cook for a minute or so. Then add 4 tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter, and mix in (slowly) 1/2 cup water. When it is all absorbed (and thick) and 1 tsp soy sauce or tamari (my favourite) or shoyu, and some lemon juice. Taste it to see if you need more soy/sort of soy, and then leave to cool. Serve with raw veg, otherwise known as crudites.
  • Mrs_Pepperpot
    Just in case you're interested I was recently on a very strict diet and could only eat meat and salad. I really missed dressing but couldn't have anything with extra fat in it. Here is my fat free dressing:

    Lemon juice
    red wine vinegar
    black pepper
    worcester sauce

    Put in a pot with a lid and shake. - surprisingly tasty!
    Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet...
    • By ANNEGEDDES 13th Sep 07, 8:22 PM
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    mine is:

    yog mint dip

    greek yog
    mint sauce from a jar
    chilli powder

    mix up all together (amounts depend on your taste) is lovely better than what you get from the indian resturants!!! x
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  • Stephen Leak
    BBC TV "Food & Drink" Programme
    9 November 1993

    1 large beef tomato
    1 green chilli pepper
    1 clove of garlic
    1 bunch of fresh coriander (or parsley)
    1 tablespoon of olive oil
    a red sweet pepper
    an onion
    A good pinch of salt


    Remove the seeds from the chilli and sweet peppers. Quarter the tomato. Coarsely chop the other vegetables. Place all the ingredients in a food processor. Process for a minute. Serve with tortilla chips and Mexican beer.
    • newlywed
    • By newlywed 14th Sep 07, 9:23 AM
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    Mine salad dressing is equal amounts of:-

    Balsamic vinegar
    Wholegrain mustard
    Runny honey

    My stir fry sauce is:-
    equal amounts of:-

    Balsamic vinegar
    Soy sauce
    Runny honey.

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  • demented
    Dips panic now setting in.
    Hi, I know that i will appear to be a sad case, but has anybody got any recipes for making dips? I have got advocado and blue cheese, but can't remember how to make it. DD has been pestering me to make some, like a fool i agreed, time is now running out.. please, please help. Thanks and have a very happy stress free Christmas everyone.
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  • Gingham Ribbon

    Here are some I googled. I just sent DH to the co-op to get some packet ones. Shhhh!

    Merry Christmas!

    I should add that DH saw the title of this thread and thought 'DIPS' was some kind of acronym for a disease or illness of some sort. LOL
    May all your dots fall silently to the ground.
  • dorry
    hi demented

    guacamole: in a blender put insides of advacados, some red onion chopped, about half a tsp of chilli powder and the juice of a lime, but don't worry if no lime, it will still be ok, just blitz it and voila guacamole
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