Every year I use very simple ingredient to make fantastic colorful dips for Thanksgiving. By providing my family and guests a simple snack food they keep their hands out of the pots and pans cooking on the stove. This serves two purposes: first, they don’t fill up before dinner is served, and second they are less likely to get burned by sticking their hands into cooking food!
The easiest dip I make is Cream Cheese Jalapeño Spread. Simply allow one package of cream cheese to come to room temperature. Spread the cheese into a round shape. Then spread a thick layer of Jalapeño Jelly on top of the cream cheese. Surround the dip with club or saltine crackers. Walla! A perfect colorful, flavorful, easy to make dip! You can find Jalapeño jellies in green or red colors, spread half the cream cheese with green and the other half with red to really add color to your table!
I always make cheese dip when guests come to our home. I use a very easy recipe that is easily modified to fit any taste buds. Start with one medium package of Velveeta Cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes. Place the cubes into a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Remove from the microwave and stir. Add in 1 can of Rotel diced tomatoes. There are several varieties to choose from: mild, hot, original, Mexican, or green chilies just to name a few. Next add in 1 can of rinsed and drained black beans. Again, you can modify this recipe by substituting your favorite type of bean. Place bowl back into the microwave and continue cooking for 1 minute intervals until the Velveeta is completely melted. Serve this dip with tortilla chips for Fritos.
I have, in the past, added 1 pound of ground beef to this dip. I season the beef with chili powder during the cooking process, turning the cheese dip into chili cheese dip! It has been a huge hit at football, birthday, and holiday celebrations. You can substitute ground turkey lower the fat content.
Goat cheese rolls are another colorful way to feed hungry mouths at Thanksgiving. Take 1 package of goat cheese and roll it into a log shape (you might need to let the cheese come to room temperature prior to rolling). Then roll the log into smoky paprika, dill, or another spice of your choice. Then refrigerate until firm and serve with toasted bagel slices or pita chips. The red of the paprika and green of the dill contrast wonderfully with the creamy white goat cheese.
These three dips are simple to make and inexpensive while providing a variety of flavor combination for hungry mouths!