DipTacular ’11

Listen. I had every intention of having some sassy little blog button made for today’s festivities.

But then I spent yesterday morning putting out about nineteen fires before I spent a chunk of yesterday afternoon in a meeting and then I had another meeting last night and then my head exploded and then as you might imagine I really needed some rest.

So my circumstances didn’t really, um, cooperate with the creation of a cute bloggy button. I do hope you understand.

Anyway, I’m just as excited as I can be about seeing all of your dip recipes, mainly because I adore dips. I think my fondness for dip probably has something to do with the fact that I never seem to tire of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, Provolone cheese, Pepper Jack cheese, American cheese or Parmesan cheese. And also sour cream. Amen.

This past spring Melanie sent me a dip recipe that I’d seen before but never gotten around to trying, and when I finally tried it a few days later, I nearly wept with gratitude. It’s so delicious – a real crowd-pleaser – and it’s even better if you make it a day in advance.

Plus, it’s loaded with vegetables, so I like to tell myself that it’s totally healthy.

Southwestern Tossed Salad

2 cups fresh, frozen (and thawed) or canned corn kernels
1 can of black beans, rinsed
2 roma tomatoes (or a carton of grape/cherry tomatoes halved or quartered)
4 green onions, chopped
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1 avocado, diced
4 ounces of feta or cotija cheese, crumbled (I used tomato & basil feta, and it was perfection)


1/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lime zest
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine all of the dressing ingredients and set aside. Combine the salad ingredients and pour the dressing over it. It tastes even better if you let it all marinate for a few hours (wait and add the avocado right before you serve if it’s going to marinate awhile). Serve as a salad or with tortilla chips as a dip.

That dressing. MY WORD, THAT DRESSING.

And since it’s been a few years since I posted this next delight, I thought DipTacular would be an excellent time to share it. It’s my favorite dip ever (EVER) (EVER!), and even though it might require a little advance planning to secure one of the ingredients, it’s well worth the time and effort. Because SWEET MERCY AT THE TASTY.


1/2 cup mayonaise
8 oz. cream cheese-softened
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 green onions chopped
6 Ritz crackers crumbled
8 slices cooked, crumbled bacon
1/2 cup Boucan Glaze (Oh my merciful heavens at the sheer volume of deliciousness in this stuff. It should be illegal. But I am so glad that it isn’t.)

Mix first 4 ingredients, then spread in a square casserole dish. Sprinkle crackers on top. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Then sprinkle bacon on top and drizzle sauce over all. Serve with your favorite crackers, pita chips, etc.

I should probably warn you that the Captain Rodney’s dip may result in some spontaneous bouts of praise. Just consider yourself warned as I’d hate for you to sustain any sort of dip-related injury due to the impromptu flailing of appendages.

Bon DipTacular, y’all.

Remember: If you add your link to the Mr. Linky, make sure to use the URL for your specific post, not just a link to the front page of your blog or your Facebook page. A specific link will help us find your recipes!

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  1. I don’t think I could be more excited to see what everyone comes up with dip-wise. I feel sure there are still some dip-secrets out there!

    Enjoy everyone, and thanks Boo!

  2. Captain Rodney sounds DIVINE. Love the DipTacular, Boomama!

  3. DIPS! I can’t wait, and the cheese bake-oh mmm geeezy!

  4. This is SO fun! Bring on the dips!!! I NEED to try that Cheese bake. YUM!

  5. Six links up and I’m already inspired. Thanks for the party Sophie!

  6. I don’t have a dip recipe to share, but I watched Paula Deen make Cheesy Shrimp Dip on the Food Network the other day, and I”ve made it my life’s mission to MAKE THAT SOON!

  7. I love this! I can’t wait to find some new recipes for this years football season. Gig’em!

  8. Thanks for the DipTacular! I can’t wait to come back later today to browse all of the wonderful dips and decide what to make when the Aggie’s whoop up on SMU Sunday. :-)

  9. The DipTacular has elevated the football frenzie in our home to a fevered pitch!! My 12 yo son volunteered to get a notebook to record all of these wonderful dips!! Thanks and Happy Football Season!!

  10. Ohhh can’t wait to try the Captain Rodney. Yum! Thanks & Gig ’em!

  11. Can’t wait to try some of these recipes : )

  12. SO excited about the dips, Sophie. Thanks for hosting!

  13. DIPS!!! WOO HOO! SO looking forward to reading through and getting some new recipes to try! Thanks for hosting, BooMama!

  14. I love this dip. Creamy chicken and ranch goodness with a kick of hot sauce. If you are not a fan of the ranch or the cheese, change it up. I can only imagine what varieties you could use!

  15. These all look so good! Thanks for hosting!

  16. Oh, I’m such a rule-breaker; but my heart’s in the right place. I have no idea how to do the linky, though it is probably easy as can be, but I’m as sure as sure can be that I’m going to end up breaking everyone’s linkies if I even try, so forgive me if I just post my dip here?

    Tomato Cheddar Spread

    2 8-oz blocks cheddar cheese, shredded. (Definitely shred/grate your own, as the coating on the pre-shredded in the bags makes it not work well in this dip.)
    1 4-oz. jar chopped pimientos, drained
    1/2 t. salt
    1 t. worcestershire sauce (I like to use a bit more)
    1 c. mayonnaise
    1 10-oz. can original Rotel, drained

    Stir together the Rotel, mayo, worcestershire and salt; then stir in cheese and pimientos. Serve on crackers or sandwiches!

    Love from the technologically challenged.

  17. great idea! Thanks for hosting this! We’re actually having a shower tonight where everyone brings their favorite dip.. I’m excited for some new recipes!

  18. Your recipes sound great!
    Have a blessed day,

  19. Ooops, I should have put the name of my recipes up there DUH anyways I just had to link to several different Maryland crab dips because A)Crab dip is spectacular and B)variety!

  20. Today I will point, click, print just about every dip recipe here. *** Cracks knuckles*** I am up for the challenge.

  21. Elizabeth says:

    I’m excited to try this Boucon Glaze you speak of. I have never heard of it!

  22. Thanks for hosting! Can’t wait to try some new recipes!!!

  23. tried the Captain Rodney stuff last year… OH MY WORD. one question… how long will that bottle last once you open it? I bought two bottles last year, since it took me forever to find it, I figured I better buy up… but I wasn’t sure if I have to refrigerate after opening? how long does it last opened, etc… HELP oh diptacular wonder! and yes, I will be watching the Miss St season opener in your honor even though I am a crazy Jawja Bulldawg fan :)

  24. Yum! I’m going to have to try and track down some of that glaze! It sounds delicious.

  25. Well, that settles it, I’m making a Dip-a-Day until I try all of these delicious recipes. :)

  26. I think I could live on chips and dips! Yummy :)

  27. Oh wow! I LOVE Captain Rodney’s cheese bake. It might be single-handedly responsible for last holiday season’s weight gain (that I just keep adding to…)

    I’m going to have to try all of these recipes and hopefully not all on the same weekend. :)

  28. Yummy dips, so fun! Thanks for hosting!!

  29. I woke up thinking about dips this morning. To say that I’ve been looking forward to today is an understatement, to say the very least.

  30. So excited! I need some new dips in my life. Want to try both of yours – especially since one can pass as a salad! :) Can’t wait to check out all the others!

  31. Cannot wait to try some of these this fall for get-togethers!

  32. Wonder if we can find the Boucan Glaze locally (Little Rock). Everyday Gourmet is one of my all-time fav stores. I am from Jax. Can’t believe I’ve never tried it!!

  33. Love all the ideas!!!

  34. yummy!!!

  35. I love the Southwestern Tossed Salad!! My daughter and I made it so many times this summer. We even took it camping. She’s gluten intolerant and vegetarian now so there’s not much food we both eat.

  36. Your recipes sound fab-u-lous! I’m on a mission to try them both, along with all the other diptacular recipes!!

  37. I love blog parties but NEVER participate! I couldn’t pass this one up! Can’t wait to read through all the yummy dip recipes. Yours sounds fabulous! :)

  38. Love this!! Thanks for hosting!

  39. Stephanie says:

    Hi Boo Mama,
    I made the black bean dip…Is the dressing supposed to be: 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar?
    I had to add more than the 1 teaspoon it called for.
    It is FAB! Thank you for sharing!

  40. Can’t wait to try new dip recipes! Captain Rodney’s is THE BEST!

  41. What a great post! I can’t wait to go through everyone’s dip recipes. I love a great dip and am looking for something new for an upcoming party. Thanks for hosting!

  42. You had me at DipTacular – can’t wait to look for some new recipes! Thanks for hosting!

  43. I am so excited about this link up!! I just posted my recipe for Chocolate chip cheeseball! I hope you all enjoy!! :) I am getting ready to give my blog a new look, and I will be unveiling “MMM MMM GOOD MONDAY” very soon. It will be a weekly Monday post of recipes!!! Please feel free to visit my blog, right now it is a little messy, like I said, it will be getting a new look soon!! Thanks! :)

  44. I’m arriving fashionably late. You can bet I’ll be bookmarking this page. Thanks, Sophie!

  45. Mollianne says:

    My personal favorite: Bloody Mary Bites (not really a dip, but after a few, you don’t care) Marinate grape tomatoes in vodka and a few(or a lot) drops of tobasco in the fridge. Overnight or for a few days. I take a toothpick and puncture each one, so the vodka soaks in. After the tomatoes have failed their breathalizer test, put them in a nice bowl (very close to your hand). Set out small bowls with celery salt and lemon pepper. Using a toothpick, dip your (wet) tomato in the salt and pepper. Then eat. Wonderful for football games :) Try not to stab your guests with a toothpick if they want one, too.

  46. LOVE this event! Thanks for hosting it again!

  47. Boomama: “Gosh you guys, I just don’t know. Is anyone interested this year?” 107 linkies later…

  48. I’ve got to quit reading…now I want to eat dip & chips & it’s almost midnight!

  49. Thanks so much for organizing this Sophie! I mentioned in my post that I think dip should be classified as an official food group. Now, after seeing all these recipes, I’m convinced of it!

  50. How fun is this! I don’t care what the game is tonight, I’m watching, and eating some dip!

  51. My dip is so short no need to write a whole blog post. Bottle of ranch dressing and package of Lipton onion soup – mix. Done. Eat with chips, bread, or face plant and eat your way out.

  52. Cookie Dough Dip?!? How have I lived nearly 40 years without knowing this existed in the Universe?! Sweet. Mercy.

  53. Captain Rodney’s is one of my favorites! When I see it at a party, I just want to grab it with some crackers and hide in a closet!

  54. OMG I’m loving all these amazing recipes! How divine!

  55. Tried Nutty Dip, White Queso Restaurant Style and Boo Mama’s Southwestern Tossed Salad—all huge hits! The White Queso really is just like the Mexican restaurant version. Already had done Captain Rodney’s and it’s incredibly good. Thanks Boo Mama, my dips were so boring and needed an infusion of new recipes.

  56. I made your southwestern tossed salad last weekend for Labor day. It was a huge hit! My husband and I loved it as a dip, but my in-laws liked it more as a salad. Will definitely make this over and over again!


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