Monday, June 25, 2012

How to turn a plain dip into a patriotic appetizer for the 4th of July


Last week I discovered just how easy it is to add color to crumbs. After I created a blue cookie crust for my Red, White and Blue Cheesecakes, I decided to try coloring other crumbs and creating festive ways to use them. My first experiment included Town House Crackers which are very pale in color and were easy to color.

With 4th of July coming up next week, I decided to create something patriotic, so I colored my crumbs red and blue and sprinkled them into star shaped cookie cutters over a cream colored dip. I made my favorite chicken dip to use as the background for my stars, but thought these colorful stars would look great on top of homemade macaroni and cheese or even potato salad if you want to decorate some picnic food. 

This project took me about 15 minutes from start to finish. If you are in need of a last minute dish to take to a party, this is perfect for you.


Decorated Dip with Red and Blue Cracker Crumb Stars

Ingredients:

Chicken Dip-
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup Miracle Whip (or mayonnaise, if you have to)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 (12 oz.) can chunk chicken breast

Cracker Crumb Stars-
8 crackers (Town House or something pale in color), plus more for serving
red and blue food coloring

Supplies:

electric mixer
mixing bowl
round serving dish or pie plate
food processor or use a rolling pan or pan
Assorted star shaped cookie cutters
zip top bags

Instructions:

Beat cream cheese, Miracle Whip, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and chicken together using an electric mixer. Spread into a round serving dish.


Crush crackers into small crumbs using a food processor or place crackers in a zip top bag and crush with a rolling pin or pan. Divide crackers into two small zip top bags. Add drops of food coloring, seal bag, and shake to blend the color with the crumbs. Add more coloring if needed until you get the desired color. 


Set assorted star shaped cookie cutters over the dip. Snip a small opening in the end of the zip top bag that is filled with the red crumbs. Shake crumbs into the center of the star cutter. Use something like the handle of a spoon to spread the crumbs in a very thin and even layer in the star. If you over fill your cutter, once you remove it your stars will lose their shape. Fill some stars with red and others with blue colored crumbs.


Refrigerate until needed. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake for about 15 minutes, just until the dip is hot. You can also heat in the microwave for a few minutes. Remove and serve immediately with crackers.


What other food do you think you could decorate using this technique?



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26 comments:

  1. Love the idea with the stars! How cute!

    Samantha
    http://cooksandcreates.blogspot.com/

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  2. Fabulous! Had to pin this one!

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  3. Love it Beth, who knew cracker crumbs could be colored so easily... I had an idea to add food coloring to graham cracker crumbs for a colored pie/cheesecake crust, but never thought of crackers! Very clever!

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  4. what a fantastic idea - thanks for sharing

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  5. Great idea to use the cracker crumbs!

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  6. Very clever Beth! I bet you could also crush red and blue chips! Love it!

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    1. Thanks Jill. I've used blue corn tortilla chips for some Halloween recipes. They look black, but if you can find red and blue chips for the 4th, I'm betting the blue will be colored blue and should look blue when crushed. I haven't seen any this year at my grocery stores.

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  7. you are really talented...this is something that anyone can pull off and that is what makes you so awesome!!

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  8. I LOVE this idea! So many possibilities! Happy 4th Beth @ Hungry Happenings! :o)

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  9. Wow! This is so creative...and simple, too! I love it! Sharing it on my Facebook page. :)

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  10. That's an excellent idea and really works with the dip!

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  11. Hi there! I just wanted to let you know I featured you in my Fourth of July Round up. Stop by and check it out and snag a featured button.

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic
    www.blissfulanddomestic.com

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    1. Thanks so much Danielle! I appreciate the feature and will grab a button to add to my Featured On page.

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  12. Awesome idea! Do you think for the chicken dip you could substitute salmon? Love it, thanks for the idea!

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    1. Absolutely. Crab would work too. Just adjust the other ingredients according to your taste.

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  13. Great idea... Congratulations on your firsr feature!! Happy Crafting.

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  14. Seriously awesome idea - and so tasty! And, what's awesome is you could totally make this for any occasion with different shapes - perfect!

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  15. You are just brilliant! I never ever would have thought to do this, but I will now. Thanks so much for sharing your creative genius ideas! =)

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  16. What an ingenious idea! I'm pinning this. :) Thanks for sharing.

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  17. oh man, awesome idea! i never thought to color crackers, thanks so much for sharing!!

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  18. Thanks for sharing at the Red & White & Blue Link Party! You're featured today at Happy Hour Projects!

    Adrianne
    Happy Hour Projects

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