By all accounts, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Families are retreating, coworkers meeting, friends greeting, and everyone is festively eating! But, often, the “make this and bring that” required by these holiday gatherings can start to feel depleting. You can only spend so much time in the kitchen making scratch recipes before something has to give. Really, who wants to miss out on anything during this best season of all?!
That’s why I have no shame in making holiday party recipes with an “almost homemade” mindset. Using the always-popular Homestyle Ranch from Litehouse Foods as the foundation for custom holiday dips is an easy way to add a quick and creative touch to any appetizer spread at any dinner or cocktail party.
Vibrantly-hued, these quick dips are each boosted with a wholesome “superfood” rich in beneficial antioxidants and flavonoids including ground powders of turmeric, beet, and matcha green tea. If you haven’t yet seen these items at the grocery store, they should be easy to find and there are many great recipe uses for the remnants left in the containers. Ground turmeric can be found on the baking/spice aisle, beet powder on the health food aisle, and matcha powder on the tea aisle. And, of course, Homestyle Ranch is found on the refrigerated shelve section of the produce department.
To make Beet Heat Ranch Dip, stir in 2 tablespoons of beet root powder and ½ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes into 12 ounces of Homestyle Ranch Dip. Top with a swirl or drizzle of Sriracha or similar red pepper sauce.
To make Matcha Magic Ranch Dip, stir in 2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder with 1 teaspoon ground cumin and 1 teaspoon minced garlic into 8 ounces of Homestyle Ranch Dip. Top with raw pepita (hulled pumpkin) seeds.
To make Turmeric Tahini Ranch Dip, stir in 2 tablespoons ground turmeric powder and 2 tablespoons tahini into 12 ounces of Homestyle Ranch Dip. Top with black sesame seeds.
These customized ranch dips are ideal for dunking chips and fresh vegetables, but can also be used as salad dressings, sauces on seafood and poultry, and condiments on sandwiches, burgers and wraps. Enjoy the season’s eatings!