Category Archives: ASM Cooks!

07/12/18

Creamy Herb Dip

I like many of you, love a good dip!

It’s the ultimate party food and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love to gather and gab around the dip bowl!

It’s the first thing to go at any party or gathering and, more often than not, you can make it in advance and store it away in the fridge. And the leftovers? Divine!

This Creamy Herb Dip is one of Ina Garten’s classic party recipes served the the veggie dippers of your choice. Serve this at your next get-together and watch it go fast!  For an engagement party or baby shower, I have doubled the recipe that you see below for a total of 4 cups of dip, but the recipe is very forgiving to make 1/2 the recipe size or to double or triple the amount as well. Make however much or little as you like!

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Creamy Herb Dip 

Yields 2 cups

{original recipe adapted from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa cookbook, 2004}

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 scallions, white & green parts minced finely
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Assorted crudites and/or crackers for serving

Directions:

Place the cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, scallions, parsley, dill, salt, and pepper in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and blend.

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Transfer to a serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 2-3 hours to allow the flavors to develop.

Serve at room temperature with vegetables and/or crackers for dipping.Engagement Party 046

Some favorites are cucumber, carrot chips, cauliflower, sweet red or yellow bell pepper strips or little baby peppers, and even classic Pita chips, or ultra-crispy kettle chips for extra crunch! But, other great options would be broccoli, sugar snap peas, endive leaves, cherry tomatoes… just use your imagination! The sky is truly the limit.

This dip would also be a sensational spread for toasted bread or even a great baked potato topper.

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It’s beautiful, colorful, fresh, and most importantly, it’s absolutely delicious!

You will be making this one all summertime long…Enjoy!!

XOXO…

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04/26/18

Easy Crockpot Pulled Pork Mole

Yes ma’am.

We are talking all things Mole today.

Have you ever had Mole? It’s a traditional Spanish dish typically combining a tomato-based sauce with chiles, spices, nuts, seeds, and (are you ready for this?!?)… chocolate!!! It is incredibly flavorful and delicious, but can be quite time consuming and the list of ingredients can be a mile long. So, this is Pulled Pork Mole simplified.

Serve it up warm with all the fixins at your next fiesta! It feeds a crowd and no one will leave hungry.

Easy Crockpot Pulled Pork Mole 

(this recipe feeds 6-8 easily and calls for a 2 1/2 lb boneless pork butt or shoulder, but can easily be doubled or tripled depending on how many people you are feeding)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of your favorite prepared store-bought salsa
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 1/2 lb pork shoulder or butt roast
  • Optional for service: warmed corn or flour tortillas, bibb lettuce leaves, sour cream, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, lime wedges, chopped cilantro, olives, etc.

Directions:

1. Stir together the prepared salsa with all the spices and cocoa powder. Pour some of the salsa mixture in the bottom of your slow cooker. Place the meat in a 4-6 qt. slow cooker and top with the remaining sauce.

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pork 1 2. Cook on high for 4-6 hours until the pork is cooked through and is easy to shred. pork 2 3. Remove the meat from the slow cooker, shred, and return to the sauce. Simmer until ready to serve. pork 3 4. Serve with warmed flour tortillas, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, peppers, olives, etc.

But my favorite way to serve? As a lettuce wrap. Plop a healthy amount of the meat down the center of a crisp Bibb lettuce leaf, top with some hot sauce, a sprinkling of Manchego cheese and a  tear of cilantro.

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Mmmmm….. Making my mouth water just thinking about it.

And that’s how you Mole…

Enjoy!!!

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