Does your mother have staples for every party she throws? Mine does. Seven-layer salad, mini ham sandwiches, olives, cheese and crackers, sweet and sour cocktail wieners, etc. The list is actually quite long, and her menus vary a little based on the season. When I was little, my mother and father would host bridge parties, birthday parties, holiday parties, work anniversary parties, etc. year-round. I loved it. My sister and I would help making the finger foods. Once the party started, we were to be “seen and not heard;” but we got to eat as many appetizers as we liked as long as we kept our clothes clean.
When I was in high school, my mother found a new appetizer to add to her repertoire: Shrimp Dip. This is a “clean” version of the recipe she was given by a friend. I don’t trust mayo that I don’t make myself, and dairy doesn’t do me any favors. To my mother’s surprise, mine tastes just like hers! We hope you’ll like it as much as she does.
Whenever Heather and I go out to eat, whether for work, or the rare occasion that she and I actually take the time to go eat out rather than cook at home, we’re typically pretty hard pressed to find healthy appetizer options. One of our favorites for the occasional treat (which we then regret) is every restaurant’s creamy spinach and artichoke dip. This past weekend in preparation for having neighbors over, I decided to finally give this a shot, and I’m happy to report that it’s not as difficult as you might think to recreate without the dairy.
I do also want to take a quick second to celebrate that Heather and I were selected as the featured chefs for U.S. Wellness Meats for the month of July. This was a great experience, and I think you will enjoy the recipes we put together for their blog. Most of them are new, and we’ll cycle in step-by-step with photos here on the blog over time. Please check out their great, grass-fed and pastured products and our write up!