Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Fresh Carrot Dip

You probably already know this, but I have a passion for dishes. When I became a blogger, and discovered others who enjoyed creating beautiful table settings as much as I do, it was so good to know that I was not alone. You may be one of these people, and if you are, then you understand what it’s like to be on a never ending hunt for the perfect dish or set of dishes, and have your head turned by something completely impractical, but adorable. You probably also understand the anguish that comes with buying something that you have no idea what to do with.

Such was the case with his adorable little Chantal carrot bowl. I found it nearly ten years ago at Home Goods, and just had to buy it. My hope was, of course, that visiting other such places I would be able to end up with a set of four, if not six, so that I could use it to serve carrot soup, or a nice carrot salad, or even turn it into little grass-filled, candy-laden Easter baskets to set at each place setting. Alas, I found no more.

Today, I was staring at that bowl, deciding that I was going to use it once and for all. I started thinking about possible singular uses, and I thought a nice carrot dip would do well in a bowl like this. So I started a Google search, and ended up with this recipe from Taste of Home. In reading the recipe, I thought it sounded good, but I was ready to start to season it up to make it even better. I thought perhaps a pinch of ginger, cumin, or curry, would give it that extra kick that it needed. As it turned out, it is absolutely perfect as is. In fact, I couldn’t believe how perfect. It is fresh tasting, light, flavorful, and, surprisingly, does not taste overwhelmingly of carrot at all. What it tastes like is springtime. Everyone is going to love this dip, carrot haters, and kids included.

Try it for yourself and see what I mean. My guess is that, in addition to a dip, this would make a wonderful spread on tea sandwiches. Wouldn’t that be lovely? You must make this. It is surprisingly tasty, not to mention loaded with nutritional goodness. What more could one ask? Oh, a carrot bowl in which to serve it. You can find one
Fresh Carrot Dip
As seen on TasteofHome.com

1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 medium carrots, finely grated
3 green onions, minced
1/4 t. garlic salt
Freshly grown black pepper

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in the carrots, onions, Worcestershire sauce and garlic salt. Chill.

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Linda said...

What a cool idea! Carrots are one of the few veggies my husband really likes so this will go in the bookmarks. 😊
I was just thinking last night how fun it would have been to cater with you!

Marigene said...

This does sound delicious! I wouldn't have thought to use carrots as the main flavor in a dip...can't wait to try it. The carrot dish is adorable.

Zaa said...

OMG ..These fabulous recipes just keep coming..I thinkI that I will have to more in with you ( Ha Ha)..This carrot mix is a topper that I know I’ll use this summer because we love dip with chips and veggies...You must be a professional cook !!!! I’m loving your blog....Happy Easter.

Thelma said...

I love that carrot bowl. The dip, I will certainly make. It looks delicious. Happy Easter!

Alycia Nichols said...

PERFECT TIMING!!! I am in the early stages of planning for my 60th birthday luncheon, and since 60 is the diamond year, I am throwing a diamond-themed event. Carrots and karats...all works for me! This will be a nice before luncheon dip to serve! Thank you for the idea!!!

sandy said...

this looks great i love the bowl. Have never heard of a carrot dip.

martinealison said...

Bonjour chĂšre amie,

Je suppose que cela doit ĂȘtre dĂ©licieux... J'aime les carottes sous toutes ses formes !... Alors une recette Ă  tester !

Gros bisous

jmac said...

Having trouble commenting here...hmmmm
I was just browsing for a good appetizer for a bday dinner I’m hosting next week. Just lil party for a “bunch” of gals!! (Couldn’t resist). This looks perfecto. Think I’ll order the dish too!
Love seeing mail from you cuz I never know what I’ll get!!! Thanks!

Miz Helen said...

Hope you had a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for sharing your special post with us at Full Plate Thursday! Have a great week and come back soon!
Miz Helen