Headed for a New Year's Eve party? Be sure to whip up some of these dips before you go!

With New Year’s Eve upon us, 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!

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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

Ingredients:

  • 8oz Philadelphia (or other) cream cheese
  • 1/4 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • Bunch of parsley
  • 2 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4oz cooked, peeled prawns

Method:

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

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Sweet Chilli Mayonnaise

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 8 tablespoons mayonnaise

Method:

Mix both ingredients together and serve straight away.

Avocado Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • 4 mild chilies, 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

Method:

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.

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Mint & Mayonnaise Dip

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons Mint sauce or jelly (for roast lamb)
  • 9oz Mayonnaise

Method:

Mix both ingredients together and serve straight away.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 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 chili chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Method:

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.

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Hummus

Ingredients:

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

Method:

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 tablespoon sesame oil if you don’t have any tahini. Chill for 1 hour before use.

Happy New Year Everyone!

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