I was planning our first Game Night of the season – a sometimes widely sought after event – and was thinking about munchies…
This particular Game Night was not as, ermmm, widely sought after as some others, so I wanted to keep things simple and on the small side to match our guest list. The main course was set – black bean espresso chili and, for those who need a bit of meat in their meal, green chile sauce; along with a lovely shrimp mole prepared by our friend Bob – now what to do for an appetizer?
Who doesn’t like a dip?
Clam dip? We LOVE it, but some folk can be a bit touchy about ingesting bivalves.
Blue cheese dip? Hmmm – possible – but, no. My cheese drawer was sadly lacking in anything with a good mold on it, and my last bit of yogurt went for berry sauce.
Onion dip? LET’S DO IT! And we’ll have it with Fritos, just to keep that mid-century vibe!
Only thing was, there was no way I was going to go out to the market just to buy a packet of onion soup mix.
But, wait… I have everything I need to make a good, NO!, a WICKED good onion dip right here!
•1/2 cup sour cream
•1/4 cup mayonnaise
•1 tsp Tabasco (I used Tabasco Chipotle)
•2 tbsp dried onion – look for chopped
•1 tbsp dried garlic – I get mine from The Spice House in Milwaukee
•2 tsp dried chives
•1 tbsp milk
•1 tsp 21 Seasoning Salute – a salt-free seasoning blend I get from Trader Joe’s – feel free to substitute your favorite
Mix sour cream, mayonnaise, Tabasco, onion, garlic, chives, and seasonings together. Season with salt and/or pepper to taste (or not, I didn’t think it needed any salt), cover and chill for a few hours or (best) overnight.
That’s it! No sodium-packed, preservative laden powdered mixes, and no special ingredients – unless you count that dried garlic, which I admit I first bought by mistake, but would now not be caught without. And DO look for the chopped dried onion – that jar of tiny square minced onion in the spice aisle of the market has it’s uses – ‘special’, or tartar sauce like they have at that place down just about every street – but for a truly fine dip, you want truly fine onions.