November 17, 2017

Delicious Dips for any Get Together


Southern Caviar Dip

Our family loves to whip up appetizers – more specifically…yummy dips.
I understand that dips are supposed to be saved for those special occasions, but why wait for special occasions when they are so easy?

I have mastered healthier, low fat options by substituting low fat cheeses, sour cream, and always adding twice as many fresh vegetables (if the recipe calls for it).
While making dips, learning to experiment with flavors has been a fantastic way to encourage my children with their culinary creativity.

We have been spending lots of time with family this week and there is nothing that rekindles memories of yesteryears more than a family recipe. When I first met my husband, I remember being served this Southern caviar dip whenever we would visit. My mother in law has passed away, but the tradition continues as my sister in law always makes this for our family get-togethers. I just found out this week where the recipe originated from decades ago, and how their family began serving it. Do you know the origin of favorite family recipes? If not, find out, and pass the recipe down through the generations…with the story.

Southern Caviar (recipe passed from GA to MN to WI and then to NC)

No guilt with this recipe…just flavor and sheer garden goodness. This did NOT look like a dip I would enjoy when I first saw it, but one bite and I was in love. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tall can of black eyed peas (rinse and drain)
  • One can of shoe peg corn (drained)
  • 3-4 green onions (chopped)
  • 1/4 onion ( onion is delicious as well)
  • 1/3 of a green pepper (I love to add yellow and red as well)
  • 2 tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Italian dressing (or more til desired consistency)
  • 2 Tbs chopped jalapenos (or more to taste)

Mix well and chill. Serve with Frito Scoops

Beer Dip

Considering I am in one of the Beer Capitals of the World right now (WI), I wouldn’t be right not to share a true Wisconsin dip. The irony here is that I don’t drink ANY beer – never had, never will and I don’t like the taste one bit. Yet just a dash of beer mixed into this recipe adds an unbelievably unique flavor. It is so yummy, makes a ton for a get together, and whips up really fast! Make it the night before for an even better taste. It will give the spices time to blend.

  • 3 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 package of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
  • 1/2 -3/4 can of beer
  • 1 cup shredded cheese

Mix cream cheese, dressing, and beer til you reach your desired creamy consistency. Then mix in 1/2 cup of cheese, leaving the remaining cheese to sprinkle on top.
Serve with pretzels or scoops.

Need more ideas for cooking with large groups? How about taco dip and quick, easy homemade pizza?

Group cooking in a pinch…what do you have in your freezer? Check out my one hour experiment.

I can’t wait to see what everyone is sharing for Tasty Tuesday Parade of Foods
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Tasty Tuesday Parade of Food Participants

1. Alisa-The Sweet Life (10 minute garden fresh meal)
2. Renata (Homemade lime cordial)
4. Many Little Blessings (Zucchini Raisin Walnut Muffins)
5. Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven (Roasted Red Pepper Hummus)
6. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates (Blackberry Almond Bruschetta)
7. Heather @ Just Doing My Best (Chicken Pesto Pizza)
8. Homemaker Barbi (Cooking Chicken Outdoors – Smoked)
9. Amanda@CopingWithFrugality (Turkey & Bean Burrito Burger)
10. Faith, Food and Family (Oooey Gooey German Chocolate Brownies)
11. Frugal Girls! {E-Z Freezer Jam!}
12. Kate at Centsational Girl (summer berry preserves)
13. Christine @ becomingp31 (No-Roll Biscuits and Oatmeal Muffins)
14. Kitchen Stewardship (Turkey Chili-Topped Turkey Burgers)
15. Tamy ~ 3 Sides of Crazy (Black Bean Corn Cakes)
16. Inside The White Picket Fence (Berry Muffins)
17. TidyMom (BBQ Ribs)
18. Liz@HoosierHomemade(Harry Potter Cupcakes)
19. Susan (chicken broccoli divan)
20. Amy @ Finer Things (kid-friendly snacks)
21. Amanda @ Serenity Now {Choc. Chunk Oat Bars & a Madeover Housewarming “Gift”}
22. Melissa @ Frugal Creativity (cool cucumber salad)
23. Newlyweds (Jalapeno Jelly)
24. Astrid @ Lopsided (zucchini quiche and cherry pie)
25. Darnold23 @ Dining With Debbie (Kitchen Basics Basil)
26. Daily Essentials – Homemade Croutons!
27. Stacie @ Park Avenue (Lime Tortilla-Crusted Chicken Tenders)
28. Thrifty Teacher- Pepper Rice (not spicy unless you want it to be)
29. Lynn’s Kit Adv (blueberry pound cake)
30. Amy @LivingLocurto (cajun caviar dip)
31. Phillips Phamily Mama (A Makeover)
32. Phillips Phamily Mama (Pesto Crusted Grilled Cheese))
33. Kate @ Stolen Moments (apple jacks cereal cookies)
34. Pam (authentic greek salad)
35. Sara (marinated London Broil)
36. Tara @ Feels like home (garlic scapes)
37. Joy in My Kitchen (Gluten-Free Brownies)
38. Melissa @ Mom’s Plans (BLT Pasta Salad)
39. Sonshine(aunt nellies best ever muffins)
40. DarcyLee (Sticky Chicken)
41. Lisa (sweet tea)
42. Christi @ A SOUTHERN LIFE (banana recipes)
43. Jane@Frugal Fine Living (Baked Blueberry French Toast)
44. Kristen (banana coffee cake)
45. Cents to Get Debt Free (Tri-Color Bread Braid)
46. Cate @ Budget Confessions (beans and cornbread)
47. mub (no roll pie crust)
48. dreamer (teriyaki chicken)
49. Katie (fajita & club salads)
50. Angela’s hubby Derek
51. Comfy Cook (Western style cornbread)
52. Natalie with A Touch of Country FRUIT PIZZA
53. jacobi (peanut butter chocolate cookies)
54. Carol @ Joy in the Journey
55. Charlene @ Secrets of a Southern Kitchen (baked chicken and rice)
56. Kelli @ SustainingCreativity (Recipe for Beauty)
57. Kara (Fiery Chicken Salad)
58. It’s Frugal Being Green (Grasshopper Pie)
59. Julie@Come Have a Peace (steak marinade)
60. Geri@heartnsoulcooking
61. Jessica (Homemade Banana Nut Bread)
62. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet (Triple Chocolate Ice Cream)
63. Joy @FrugalMenuMamas
64. The Working Home Keeper (Soaked Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins)
65. Prairie Cottage Rose (Civil War Pancakes)
66. Easy Oven Baked Fiesta Chicken (Penny Pinching Diva)
67. Tracey @ Girls to Grow (Chicken Spaghetti)
68. Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers (peanut butter fudge)
69. Tami

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  1. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates says:

    Yum!! I must try that Beer Dip – it sounds so interesting! I hope you're having a great time with family!


  2. Centsational Girl says:

    Both of those sound absolutely delish. The first so flavorful, and the second, sensational. Beer dip, yum.


  3. ~3 Sides of Crazy~ says:

    Beer Dip – it will be a great hit during football season!


  4. YUM these REALLY sound WONDERFUL!!



  5. Kim... and Her Coffee says:

    Hey Jen! Those recipes are great…. I have a similar one from Paula Deen she calls South GA Caviar. It's SO good. Anxious to try this one too.

    I'm bummed to not participate this week. I'm traveling and didn't come prepared with a recipe! ๐Ÿ™ Sounds like you're traveling too! Be safe and enjoy your time away!


  6. Amy @ Finer Things says:

    Can't wait to try that beer dip!


  7. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Yummy recipes today, Jen! ๐Ÿ™‚ I bet my husband would like the beer recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. darnold23 says:

    I've made the pea dip – it's delicious. However, I've never made the beer dip and can't wait to give that one a try:) Thanks for sharing. Hope to see you at Crock Pot Wednesdays beginning August 5.


  9. Both of those recipes look yummy! I'm going to try that Southern Caviar…healthy and yummy…that's the ticket!


  10. Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    How funny! The first time I join your party, we have practically the same recipe:-)


  11. Phillips Phamily Mama says:

    Can't go to a summertime party without seeing some of that caviar!

    The beer dip sounds delicious, too.


  12. Frugal Fine Living says:

    These look delicious! I hope you're having an enjoyable summer.



  13. Tracey The AVON Lady says:

    I am originally from Wisconsin too and have never like the taste of beer. But I do like to soak brats in them and the dip sounds good – might have to try it out.


  14. A Touch of Country says:

    the beer dip sounds interesting…I will try it though even if I don't like the taste of beer.


  15. jacobithegreat says:

    I don't know if I did that linking thing right, but I love this idea- especially when I need some inspiration!


  16. Julie@comehaveapeace says:

    Ok, after I got through loving the NAME of your first dip, then I moved on and loved the ingredients. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the reminder to "healthy up" whenever we can.


  17. Jessica says:

    Both sounds great! I will def be trying these soon!


  18. Hoosier Homemade says:

    Sounds great! We love dips at our house too!
    Thanks for hosting!


  19. Jennifer says:

    YUM!! These look great… we love to have all kinds of dips at get-togethers, they are so fun to try!! Thanks for stopping by my blog… I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone from the new ning site! ๐Ÿ™‚


  20. The Pleasures of Homemaking says:

    Thank you for those great recipes! Sometimes for family movie night I make a variety of dips so these will fit right in!



  21. Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect says:

    I love dips!! I've made that southern caviar before, but I think my husband would be excited for me to try the beer dip – after all, that would mean I'd have to buy beer, something I normally don't spend money on! (Easy for me, since I don't like beer…but he does!)


  22. Sandy Toes says:

    I have guests coming for 4 days…I think that beer dip sounds yummy!
    sandy toe


  23. Empty Nest Full Life says:

    Sounds great. Dips are great for casual get togethers, so I will be trying them soon. I posted some blueberry recipes, but I guess maybe I missed linking up. Jackie


  24. Wow, the southern caviar sounds great! And I LOVE healthy dips – for the kids and myself!


  25. Both sound so good!


  26. My Sweet Side says:

    I'm having trouble finding the Tasty tuesday recipes. How do I figure out where they are posted? Is there a link I'm missing. I did manage to post my recipe (first time participate) but now I can't find where they are. Help !!!!


  27. Mr. Linky has serious issues and hey those Starbucks coupons WFM! Hope to see you soon with new recipes.


  28. Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam says:

    UGH, my friends – I have been away from the computer and I just found out that Mr. Linky is down all around blogland today. So sorry for those of you trying to link up. GRR….they have been trying to work out those kinks.


  29. Nicole Feliciano says:

    Happy Friday! Mr. Linky seems to be AWOL. I hope youโ€™ll stop by my Friday Feast link/recipe exchange and share these classic party recipes.


  30. My daughter (24) just made your Southern Caviar to take to a party tonight. You are right – one taste and I am hooked on this stuff! Thanks for sharing the recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚


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