I don’t have any dinner recipes from the weekend since we were invited our friend’s houses both Saturday & Sunday. However, I did make some dips for the occasions and am sharing the two “winners” below. You could serve either of these dips with crackers or vegetables, they both work well. I love bringing or serving dips at parties because they can be made a day in advance and just sit in the refrigerator which makes hosting or going to a party so much easier. Our friends didn’t believe they were lower in fat than what a regular dip would be.
Roasted Garlic Dip with Bacon
Preheat oven 425o
1 head of garlic
½ of a 3 ounce jar of reduced fat bacon bits
1 ½ reduced fat free sour cream
¾ cup reduced light mayonnaise
2 chopped scallions – green parts only
1. Spray a piece of aluminum foil (large enough to cover garlic head) and wrap garlic head inside. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.
2. In a bowl, combine bacon bits, sour cream, mayonnaise and scallions. Squeeze roasted garlic from the outside of the garlic head (the inside should be soft and spreadable) into bowl and stir until combined.
3. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Caramelized onion and Goat Cheese Dip
Serves 8 – 10
1 large sweet onion – chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
4 ounces fat free cream cheese
4 ounces light cream cheese
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
¾ cup goat cheese
1. Spray sauté pan with cooking spray and heat on medium low. Add onion, cover, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Add sugar, uncover pan and sauté for another 20 – 25 minutes until onions are soft and browned. If onions are sticking to the sauté pan, add a little water and stir to separate them.
3. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Place onions in food processor and pulse a few times until smooth.
4. Combine onions, cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce and goat cheese and mix.
5. Refrigerate until ready to use.