Tonight the Tipton’s came for dinner. Lara had ordered a whole bunch of food from Omaha Steaks, so we really didn’t have to do any cooking. She brought a whole bunch of fish (salmon, swordfish and halibut) and also some steaks since Ross won’t eat fish. Ross’ parents brought a green salad and potato salad along with a bunch of veggies to grill, and Lara also brought a cheesecake that she ordered. So… our job was really just to clean the house beforehand! Ross made his famous salsa and I made my Mom’s taco dip. She’s made it for years and Kara and I still make it often for gatherings. It is from one of my Mom’s cookbooks… I can’t remember which one, but it is no coincidence that it is called Gone in a Flash. This stuff is always gone fast. I’ve brought it to work several times and the platter is always scraped clean. It’s nothing fancy, but somehow the flavors just work well together. It’s easy to make as long as you don’t mind lots of chopping. Here’s the recipe:
Gone in a Flash Taco Dip
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 c sour cream
1 1/2 T taco seasoning mix
1 c salsa OR taco sauce (or just enough to cover the platter, I am not sure of the exact measurement)
1 green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
shredded lettuce (around a cup or so)
1 tomato (or I used 2 smaller Roma tomatoes)
8 oz shredded cheese
Mix together sour cream, cream cheese and taco seasoning mix. Spread on the bottom of a round platter. Top with salsa or taco sauce. Top that with chopped onion, green pepper, shredded lettuce, tomatoes and shredded cheese. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips, we like the multigrain Tostitos.
Along with the dip we had cheese and crackers, and although everyone else knew of them besides me, I was excited to try the Town House crackers (Flips maybe? Can’t remember the name…)that are crackers on one side and pretzel on the other side. I am not sure why it took so long for someone to come up with this idea, but it was a great one. They are super good! We love to dip pretzel rods in Port Wine cheese, and topping these pretzel crackers with some good cheddar is close to that, and a little easier!
Lots of thanks to the Tipton’s for bringing so much delicious food. We owe you all a meal!