An Easy Dip Recipe For March Madness
Today I’m excited to share with you my Double Down South Dip, which is a finalist in the Lipton® Recipe Secrets® Dip to Win Sweepstakes. This is an easy dip recipe. It’s a delicious dip recipe. This dip recipe will wow you with its southern flare. And it’ll amaze you when you find out that voting for this dip could make some people (like me and you too) very happy. Read on to find out all about my southern dip and about why you should vote for it.
I’ll admit that I’m not a huge basketball fan. There’s a big long reason for that. It has to do with my being 6 feet tall and having every person I met when in high school ask if I was on the team.
The thing was, despite my height, I sucked at the game.
Reason: I can only jump about 1/2 inch off the ground, meaning that people who are 5’6″ end up soaring over me to grab at the ball.
So there I was sucking at basketball but being asked about it all the time. You’d think I’d just stay away from the courts. Nope, not me. The coaches would find me and say, “You really need to be on our team” and I’d go try out. And then, even though I was worse than all the girls in my school, I’d make the team.
Every single coach thought that s/he could teach the tall girl to jump.
Every single coach failed.
And I spent the games on the bench and the practices running up and down the courts.
Did I mention that I hate running?
So you see, basketball and I are not great friends.
However, basketball-watching-food and me are bosom buddies. Which is why I’m delighted that my Double Down South Dip is a finalist in the Lipton® Dip to Win March-Madness-inspired dip recipe contest (March Madness is basketball related, or so I’m told).
This is an easy dip recipe. And it’s a ridiculously tasty dip recipe too.
It’s inspired by two of my favorite Southern dishes, Pimento Cheese and Sausage Gravy with Biscuits. So you’ve got crumbled breakfast sausage, cream cheese, roasted peppers, cheddar, a bit of hot sauce for that Down South kick and mini biscuits for dipping. Amazing, right?
You have to make this dip.
And you have to vote for this dip too.
So that the whole world can find out about it and then all the poor non-basketball-loving people like me (and you?) will have something fun and delicious to look forward to on game day.
Oh, and by voting you get entered to win $1500 and one of 30 dip warmers. Good deal, right?
How to vote:
1. Visit liptondiptowin.com
2. Select your favorite food blogger dip (which is, of course, the Double Down South Dip, right?).
3. Fill in your info at the bottom of the page.
4. Pin your favorite dip to any of your Pinterest boards.
And now, without further contest-talking or basketball-dissing ado, I give you my dip:
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1½ cups sausage crumbles (buy it fully cooked or brown & drain ½ lb. sausage meat)
- 1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secrets Savory Herb with Garlic Recipe Soup & Dip Mix
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1½ cups milk
- 4 oz. cream cheese
- hot sauce
- 8 oz. jarred diced pimentos, drained & rinsed
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp chopped parsley (optional)
- Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Mix in the sausage crumbles, the Dip Mix and the flour. Slowly stir in the milk. Continue to stir until the mixture bubbles and gets as thick as any good gravy should be, about 4-5 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to low and add the cream cheese. Stir until its creaminess has melted into the dip. Add 4 drops of hot sauce and all but 1 teaspoon of the pimentos. Stir and then taste. If you like your Southern food to have some kick (and who doesn’t?) add a couple more drops of hot sauce.
- Use a spatula to scoop every scrumptious drop of dip into a serving bowl. Top with the cheddar cheese, the reserved tablespoon of pimentos and the parsley (if using). Double down and dig in while it’s hot!
And don’t forget to vote for Double Down South Dip because it makes you smile!