During the holiday season every table has room for a veggie and dip tray so why not make this easy, festive looking Vegetable and Dip Christmas Tree. It is definitely a step up from the usual grocery store tray and always draws plenty of compliments.
In this recipe the vegetables lay right on top of the dip so it travels well to a pot luck holiday party. Tell everyone the dip is underneath so they will dig in.
Store bought vegetable dips have an ingredient list and they often include artificial flavours, additives and preservatives. I prefer homemade and this simple dip can be used any time of year. The sour cream gives it a tang and the Miracle Whip balances it out. These are both gluten free ingredients that any everyday home cook can find.
If someone asks you about making a gluten free vegetable dip tell them to make this one. Simply give a quick explanation about cross contamination saying that an open jar in most kitchens will be contaminated with bread crumbs from sandwich making. Then give them the solution. When making a gluten free dip starting with a brand new jar is the best way to prevent cross contamination. And it’s easy to do.
Plain sour cream is cream that has been fermented with certain kinds of lactic acid bacteria. This process sours and thickens the cream. Light sour cream sometimes contains maltodextrin as a thickener. Maltodextrin is one ingredient on a list of Top-10-ingredients-you-really-dont-need-to-worry-about published at Gluten Free Living.com. If you are busy with festive activities save it for reading in the new year.
So all the best of the season! Enjoy the high fat, high calorie, sugar laden dishes but be sure to serve some vegetables too. Wherever I take this Vegetable and Dip Christmas Tree tray it is always a hit.
|1 cup sour cream|
|½ cup Miracle Whip|
|1 Tbsp finely chopped green onion|
|1 tsp dried dill weed|
|1 tsp salt|
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