Tasteful Tuesday – a trio of dips

Is there anything better than a warm Winter’s Sunday afternoon? How about a warm Winter’s Sunday afternoon with a trio of dips and toasted pitas breads? Caught your attention? Read below to see the recipes and download free printable food toppers! YAY for free stuff!setting
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Roasted Red Peppers dip
(makes 1,5 cups)

INGREDIENTS
• 2 red bell peppers
• 1,5 cup of olive oil
• 2 garlic cloves
• 200ml smooth cream cheese
• Salt & pepper to season

DIRECTIONS
• Roast the peppers in the oven, open on the rack (Generally takes about 20 minutes).
• Remove them once cooked, and place in a paper bag for 10min (This is to make their skin easy to remove).
• Remove from bag, peel, seed and quarter your peppers.
• Puree the pepper, oil, garlic and cheese.
• Season with salt and pepper.
• Allow to cool and set in the fridge for 1 hour.

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Spiced beet dip
(makes 1,5 cups)

INGREDIENTS
• 3 beets, trimmed and rinsed
• 2 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1 small red chilli, seeded and minced
• 150ml greek yogurt / smooth cream cheese
• 1,5 tablespoons of olive oil
• 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
• salt & pepper to season

DIRECTIONS
• Pre-heat oven to 108ºC / 350ºF
• Put beets in a roasting dish and add a quarter cup of water.
• Cover with tinfoil and bake for 1 hour, until tender.
• Allow to cool before touching (burnt my finger at this point).
• Peel the beets under running water to prevent your hands from staining.
• Cut into quarters and transfer to the food processor.
• Add garlic, chilli, yogurt/cream cheese and blend.
• Add oil and syrup, blending until i pureés
• Season with salt and pepper.

 

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hummus

I’m really lazy, and after previous attempts at making my own humus failed (think garlic breath all day) I decided that it’s safest to go with a store bought option. I absolutely love this Mediterranean Delicacies brand, which I bought from Pick ‘n Pay.

Below is a link to the free printable download of the 3 ‘YUM’ , ‘MMM…’ & ‘DELISH’ toppers that I’ve used. I kept them black and white, so that they’re easy to print from home (colour cartridges are sooooo expensive, don’t you think?) and so that they can be used with any other colour food. The PDF is an A4 page, with 35 of them squashed onto it like little sausages. Print them, cut them out, sticky tape them onto toothpicks and pop them onto your next batch up cupcakes or something. From drab to fab, I’m telling you.

All you need to do to save the PDF to your computer is click File > Save As & choose where you want to keep them, click Save, and voila – the cute toppers are yours!

DOWNLOAD printable food toppers

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