Monday, July 30, 2012

Strawberries and Dip, a winning combination for a yummy summer treat


Just in case you missed my guest post over at The Southern Institute, you can catch up with this great {easy} family recipe for strawberry dip.  You can thank me later!

I don't know about you, but during the summer, we attend a lot of pot lucks and BBQ's.  

When my kids are at a free for all food party, they tend to navigate towards the yummy desserts and chips they don't normally get at home, which is why I always like to make sure I provide a healthy yummy alternative for them (and others) at parties.

Last summer, I shared on my blog Holy Craft, how I make my fruit platters.
They are so easy to make, but always look like it came from a catering company or a fancy restaurant.


This year, I want to share with you a recipe I got almost 20 years ago from my mom.
I've been making my mom's strawberry dip for years and every time I make it I always get asked for the recipe.  It's embarrassing how easy it is.  But it's a hit.

Are you ready?
All you need is a box of cream cheese, and a jar of marshmallow fluff.
That's all you say?
Yep, seriously, that's it!


It's easier if you allow your cream cheese to soften a bit, but let's be honest, we don't always remember {or have the time to do that}, so let me tell you, it works just fine if you don't.

Start by mixing both your ingredients (see embarrassingly easy!) in your mixer on a low setting.
Once they are starting to blend together, I turn my mixer to the highest setting and let it whip the two together for about five minutes.  You want your dip to be fluffy and light (unfortunately though it's not light in calories!).


While the dip is mixing, I hull out my strawberries.
You could also just skip this step and cut your strawberries into slices.


Once the dip is mixed, you can either serve it in a bowl with the sliced strawberries, or do the old ziploc bag piping trick, which is what I did.
Place your dip in the ziploc bag, seal the bag and push the dip into one corner of the bag.


Clip the corner and start piping dip into your hulled strawberries.


Presentation is always the key to making something look fancy, so break out your platters and start arranging  your strawberries any way you like.


 My little guy likes them arranged like this:



So next time you get an invite for a family BBQ, give this dip a shot.  
I promise it won't disappoint!

4 comments:

Danielle said...

This is such a clever idea - very cute! Thanks for sharing! Linkin' up from DIY Dreamer

Debi Bolocofsky said...

These strawberries look beautiful. I have a link party, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. You can find it at

http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/natural-translucent-face-powder-update.html

I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above
www.adornedfromabove.com

Christine said...

Oh Rachel! This is FABULOUS!!! I want some!!!!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

Carole said...

Lovely berry dish. Berries and currants are this week's subject for Food on Friday. Would you be happy to link this in? We are looking to create a fantastic collection of berry dishes. This is the link . I found you in the Chef in Training party.