Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A notable night

I made this dip for Evan's party Saturday and a couple of people asked for the recipe. You'll love it or hate it. I love it. Libba introduced us to it last year when she brought it as an appetizer to a spur-of-the-moment "dinner party" at our house.

I remember the night well because it's the night Meg removed a Swaddle Me blanket from her child so I could wrap it around my own flailing, screaming one. My sanity was hanging on by a hair at that point, and the discovery of a swaddling blanket with Velcro helped save it.

That also is the night it clicked for Matt and me that dinner parties really are about the company and conversation; if those are high-quality, the food you serve hardly matters. That particular evening, if I recall correctly, we dined on leftovers from Meg and Drew's fridge. (Meg's a great cook, by the way, and even her leftovers are a treat.) In our harried state as sleep-deprived parents of a newborn and a 1-year-old, our small epiphany came as quite a relief. Because we were in no shape to try to impress anyone.

Back to the dip. I know I just said the food doesn't matter, but on the other hand, discovering a delicious new recipe is never a bad thing. I got Libba's recipe as soon as possible and have made this dip many times since. Here is our slightly modified version:

Mix together:
2 green apples, chopped (I leave the peel on because it's my favorite part of the apple)
1 4- or 5-ounce tub of crumbled blue cheese
4 heaping tablespoons of mayonnaise
Lemon juice to taste
Black pepper to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste
(Celery and pecans are optional. They were not in the version at Evan's party.)

Cover and let sit in the refrigerator a couple of hours, if possible, before serving; it's better when the flavors have meshed. I've tried this with many types of crackers, and they're all good.


Libba said...

yay for that recipe! for some reason, i got it into my head that i can't eat blue cheese while pregnant and so haven't had this dip in a while. let me tell ya - i've CRAVED it so bad!! then my sister recently told me that it's ok for me to eat it. whatever. i'm making it as soon as i can. glad you love it too! and happy birthday evan!

lacey said...

i didn't know you had a blog! i'm excited to read what you guys are up to. i appreciate any readers of my blog. even the lazy lurker ones. ;-)

Sweet Tea Mama said...


Meg said...

Okay, it's now or never. It's very bad, and although it doesn't seem like it could possibly get worse, I will guarantee that somehow it could... but I wrote two years ago in my first post (approximately 5 posts ago) that I was starting a blog so that I could be highlighted on your blog... so here it is...