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Tasty Party Dips for New Year’s Eve

With New Year’s Eve upon us this weekend, I thought that a few tasty and easy to make Dips would come in handy if you are planning a house party for the occasion! The dips can be used with crisps, crackers, potato wedges, cut-strips of carrot or celery, tortillas, oven chips, breadsticks, samosas, spring rolls or anything else that takes your fancy! These recipes each make enough for 10-12 people. Happy New Year!

Smooth Prawn Dip

250g Philadelphia cheese
1/4 small onion, peeled and chopped
Bunch of parsley
2 tbls Lemon Juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
1/4 tspn black pepper
200 g cooked, peeled prawns
Directions:
Mix all together in a blender and chill for 1 hour before use.

Sweet Chilli Mayonnaise

3 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
8 tablespoons mayonnaise
Directions:
Mix both ingredients together and serve straight away.


Avocado Guacamole

4 mild chillies, finely chopped
A wee bunch coriander, chopped
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
Pinch of salt
1 medium onion, chopped
1-2 tbsp water
Juice of ½ Lime
3 ripe Avocados
Directions:
Peel & dice the avocado and leave aside. Mix all the other of the ingredients together in your blender keeping them chunky. Tip this into a bowl and add the avocado. Mash all together, keeping it chunky! Chill for 1 hour before use.

Mint & Mayonnaise Dip

3 tbls Mint sauce
250g Mayonnaise
Directions:
Mix both ingredients together and serve straight away.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

600g chopped tomatoes, de-seeded if you wish
1 chopped green pepper
3 garlic cloves, chopped fine
4 scallions small
2 tablespoons fresh coriander
1 red chilli chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 tspn salt
Directions:
Chop everything small but not finely. You can do a quick pulp in the blender but keep it chunky and don’t let it go into a puree! Chill for 1 hour before use.

Hummus

200g canned chickpeas
2 tbsp lemon juice or more
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp ground cumin
Pinch Salt
100ml Tahini (optional)
4 tbsp water
2 tbsp olive oil
Directions:
Drain the chickpeas and rinse. Combine all and mix in a blender to a creamy purée. Add more lemon juice, garlic, cumin or salt to taste. Tahini is a ground sesame seed paste you can get in most health food shops. Substitute 1 tbls sesame oil if you don’t have any tahini. Chill for 1 hour before use.

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