Prawn and Cream Cheese Dip

With New Year’s Eve upon us this weekend, I thought that a few tasty and easy to make "Dips" will come in handy if you are planning a house party for the occasion!

These simple dips can be used with potato chips, 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 from each but you can double up to make more. Happy New Year!

Prawn & Cream Cheese Dip

8oz Philadelphia (or other) cream 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
4oz cooked, peeled prawns

Mix all together in a blender until almost smooth and chill for 1 hour before use.

Sweet Chilli Mayonnaise

3 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
8 tablespoons mayonnaise

Mix both ingredients together and serve straight away.

Avocado Guacamole

4 mild chillies, finely chopped
A wee bunch coriander (cilantro) chopped
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
Pinch of salt
1 medium onion, chopped
1-2 tbsp water
Juice of ½ Lime
3 ripe Avocados

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 or jelly (for roast lamb)
9oz Mayonnaise

Mix both ingredients together and serve straight away.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

16oz chopped tomatoes, de-seeded if you wish
1 chopped green pepper
3 garlic cloves, chopped fine
4 scallions small
2 tablespoons fresh coriander (cilantro)
1 red chilli chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 tspn salt

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.

Fresh Tomato Salsa


8oz canned chickpeas
2 tbsp lemon juice or more
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp ground cumin
Pinch Salt
1 tbls Tahini (optional)
4 tbsp water
2 tbsp olive oil

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.

Happy New Year Everyone!

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