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3 Quick, Easy And Delicious Dip Recipes

Updated on February 25, 2017
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I love to cook and try new foods and recipes. I try to do my best to incorporate healthy foods, but sometimes I need a little comfort food.

Orange Honey Cream Cheese Dip
Orange Honey Cream Cheese Dip | Source

Fabulous Quick Dips for Easy Entertaining

These easy dip recipes are tried and true and simple. The dips require a few easy to find ingredients and no ingredients that you won't be able to use later if they are left over.

Let's all free ourselves from the ubiquitous onion dip and move on to more creative ideas. Don't follow the crowd, lead it!

All the dips are gluten free and can most certainly be served with gluten free crackers.

Mix them up quickly and watch everyone enjoy!

Great Dips for Your Next Party

Cottage Cheese And Horseradish
Cottage Cheese And Horseradish | Source
horseradish cottage cheese
horseradish cottage cheese | Source

Cottage Cheese and Horseradish

(Don't knock it 'til you try it!!!)

8 oz cottage cheese

1 Tbs horseradish

1 Tbs chopped parsley (optional)

Mix all ingredients together. Serve chilled with crackers. It goes especially well with Triscuits or similar baked wheat crackers.

Luncheon suggestion: Serve the horseradish cottage cheese with tomato slices and/or green and red pepper slices as a luncheon salad.

My Family Horseradish Story

Or.........Let Me Digress From the Recipes for a Moment

My parents had a small vegetable garden and they decided to add horseradish as a crop. That summer all their basil and tomatoes had the taste of horseradish.

At the end of the season, and I am not sure how late in the season this was, they decided to dig up the root and make horseradish spread. They had the root on the kitchen counter but knives and cleavers could not cut through it. My father went into the garage and got a hammer and a saw. They carefully cleaned and disinfected the garage tools and set upon trying to saw the root into smaller pieces. The saw didn't make a dent. Finally, they tried smashing the horseradish with a hammer. This worked somewhat.

However, shortly after they made progress, their eyes started to tear. They ran outside for air and came back. They did this until it didn't work anymore. They bagged up half the root in a plastic bag and opened all the windows. They put on the attic fan and left (aka evacuated) the house for over an hour. When they came back, they decided they still couldn't approach the evil root. They bagged the other half up and discarded both pieces.

Orange Honey Dip
Orange Honey Dip | Source

Orange Honey Dip

Probably More of a Spread But.... You Dip If You Like

4 oz Cream Cheese or Neufchatel

1 TBS orange juice

1 TBS honey

1 Teas orange zest

Mix all ingredients together and serve chilled with a plain non-salted crackers or melba toast as this has a delicate flavor; water crackers and Melba toast are excellent. Looks great with a little extra honey drizzled on top and served with orange slices from the leftover orange.

Hints: You can put all the ingredients in a zip lock bag and massage them together. Then cut a 1/2 hole in one corner, squeeze and pipe the dip onto the plate.

Breakfast idea: Serve on toast topped with orange marmalade.

Herby Tofu Dip
Herby Tofu Dip | Source

Herby Tofu Dip

Yes, Tofu -- Honestly, Tastes Like Boursin Cheese

7 oz Firm or Extra Firm Tofu

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 TBS garlic powder

1/2 TBS dill weed

1/2 TBS celery salt

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mach with a fork until it is mixed thoroughly and in small lumps, about the size of cottage cheese. Chill for at least 1 hour. Serve with crackers -- almost kind are good with this

Vegan Version: Use Nayonaise or Veganaise instead of mayonnaise.

Luncheon suggestion (1): Serve on any kind of bread with lettuce and tomato.

Luncheon suggestion (2): Serve as a cold salad with tomato slices and/or green and red pepper strips.

Tofu Primer

A Few of the Basics

If you have never purchased tofu before, let me give you a few of the preparation and storing basics.

Most tofus are sold in the vegetable aisle of the supermarket. Usually, they come in Silky (like pudding) and Firm and Extra Firm. They come packed in water. In order to use it for our dip recipe above, all you need to do is slit or peel away the top plastic covering and drain all the water off.

Most come in 14 oz cakes and for the above recipe you need to cut the tofu cake in half. Take the unused half and put it in a storage container and cover it with fresh water. Change the water daily and it should keep for about 2 weeks.

Tofu and You

Tofu is something a lot of people shy away from. Maybe because of its odd name, odd look or it's just the unknown. Let's see how adventuresome you are.

Have you ever eaten tofu?

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© 2011 Ellen Gregory

Let Me Know If These Sound Good To You - Or......Share Your Ideas.

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      Nan 4 years ago from London, UK

      I like the looks of some of these dips. Because you've used horseradish in one of your recipes here I have added a link of this lens to my "H is for Horseradish" lens.

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      hamshi5433 4 years ago

      Hmm that Herby Tofu dip sounds more like my type! Here is my spicy tomato dip recipe:.

      Tomato puree [preferably fresh], some extra hot chilli sauce and plain organic yoghurt are the key ingredients. Just take however much you need, mix it well and enjoy it with just about anything. You can top it up with a few mint leaves for décor. I love having my spicy tomato dip with crisps [chips], salad, rice and more.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Always love new recipes.

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      Mary Crowther 4 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Horseradish does sometimes make my eyes water! Enjoyed the story! I would like to try the orange honey dip on a bagel sometime, sounds yummy.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      LOL! Your poor parents! I had no idea that horseradish was that powerful. Thanks for the warning. :)

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your dip recipes.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      These definitely look pretty tasty!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yummy dip! Personally I am a big fan of hummus dip (chickpea)

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      avigarret 5 years ago

      That orange honey dip looks dellicious, great lens!

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      rachelscott 5 years ago

      I like your beautiful lens

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      BenJacklin LM 5 years ago

      Love dip! Going to have to try some of these.

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      Morgannafay 5 years ago

      Mmmmm, I'm going to love that orange honey dip! Also, I really enjoyed reading about your horseradish root story. LOL Well, at least your folks tried! I could just picture your folks swinging the hammer! Thanks, I have a feeling I'm just going to spoon eat some of these. Cracker is the middleman.

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      MemoryMistress 5 years ago

      The recipes sound great. I found your family horseradish incident quite amusing!! How amazing that it will give the flavour to other vegetables surrounding it! Incredible.

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

      I love dips and am always looking for new recipes. You have some here that look delicious. =)

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Thanks for some new recipes that I MUST try!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So much nicer to make your own I think, you never know what is in the store bought, they always seem to repeat on me LOL

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      These dips sound good and different! As much as I love onion doesn't go with everything.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      Yummy looking recipes . . thanks for sharing! Sincerely, Rose (P.S. For more search engine traffic, best to change your default titles). Hope it helps! (Oh, Ladymermaid also mentioned, sorry).

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Ooooh love the cream cheese combination dips other than the tofu (ugg ugg trying to avoid soy products). Absolutely delightful article (Just be sure to change all generic module titles ie: great stuff on amazon so that they match your article theme.) It makes your article more search engine, people, and angel friendly. Best of wishes for your success.

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      i love horseradish so I will definitely try that one. The Tofu one also looks yummy and I appreciate the tutorial. Angel blessed.

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      Jackie Block 6 years ago from SE Michigan

      These dips sound great. I will give 'em a try. Thanks for sharing that funny horseradish story, too.