It’s that time of year when the sun starts to come out, the weather is warmer and the mosquitos are not in full rage mode, so that means patio parties, happy hours, spring outdoor birthday parties and that means APPETIZERS! I hear all the time when invited to a party, “just bring an app”. What does that mean? Chips and salsa? Yes, but let’s be a bit more creative-you host or guests will appreciate it. Over the next few weeks I am going to be posting delicious appetizers. I have collected these recipes over the years from God knows where, but I have a ton. And you know I like easy so they are going to be easy, delicious and perfect for spring and summer get togethers.
The first one is a Whipped Avocado Dip-creamy, cool, spicy, delicious! This is inspired by a local restaurant’s avocado dip and it is no doubt the first thing people order when they sit down at a table at this restaurant. They serve it with house-made potato chips or veggies and I have suggested the same thing, except who has time to make their own potato chips?? The grocery store has some great kettle fried chips.
When making this appetizer you are going to have to taste along the way for more salt, more lime, more spice…. every avocado is different and every lime is different. But remember you can always add ingredients, but you never take them out. Oh and you want to use Hass avocados NOT Florida. Hass have more fat which make them rich, creamy and easy to mash or whip.
Whipped Avocado Dip
Creamier than guacamole this whipped avocado dip is quick, easy and perfect with tortilla chips, kettle chips or veggies. Perfect appetizer for a crowd! And if there is any leftover spread it on some whole wheat toast for a delicious breakfast or snack.
- 2 ripe Hass Avocados
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 limes, juiced
- 1 Tablespoon chives, minced
- 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and diced optional
- 1/2 Tablespoon Kosher salt
In a food processor blend together all the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Taste for seasoning.
This is best if it can sit for a few hours in the fridge, but be sure and cover tightly with plastic wrap. If the top does begin to turn brown just stir and serve.
Serve with sliced celery and carrots or tortilla chips or potato chips.
If you like it even creamier then just add a bit more yogurt to mix.