Guacamole and Other Backyard BBQ Dips

 

The word “barbeque” conjures up scenes of summer evening get-togethers. Kids at play, the hum of pleasant chatter occasionally pierced by a boisterous uncle’s laugh, the sizzle of delectable meats and vegetables, faint woodsmoke wafting through the air, carrying tantalizing scents of a glorious meal (and food coma) to come…

With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, you’ll want an equally quick backyard BBQ dip to free up more time for celebrating with family and friends. Now, maybe freeing up more time from the kitchen isn’t quite on the same level as when Congress freed our nation from Britain all those years ago…but it’s pretty close.

By the way Britain, no hard feelings. We still love you and your television, royalty, and puddings.

Ingredients:

6 ripe avocados

2 roma tomatoes

1/2 medium white onion

Juice of one lemon or lime

1 cup loosely packed chopped cilantro

Dash of salt and pepper to taste

Optional: 1 finely diced jalapeño for a spicy kick

Tortilla/pita chips, celery/carrot sticks, toasted baguette slices…whatever your independent little heart desires.

Instructions:

  1. Carefully halve the avocados, remove the pits, and scoop the flesh out into a bowl. If you have a mortar & pestle, even better!
  2. Squeeze lemon or lime juice onto the avocado to prevent browning.
  3. Mash with a fork until you’ve reached desired consistency. I personally prefer my guacamole on the chunkier side, but would never turn my nose up to a smoother dip.
  4. Add and stir chopped roma tomatoes, onion, and cilantro.
    Add the jalapeno for a spicy version.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Dish out and arrange on a beautiful serving tray. Serve. Or hoard for yourself.

The lovely thing about dips is that there exists such a diverse selection that with a little searching you’re sure to find something that can meet any picky palate or dietary requirement. Lucky for you, we’ve already hunted down a selection of mouthwatering recipes.

Get colorful with Amazingly Tasty’s rainbow hummus platter!

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Photo credit: Amazingly Tasty

This ingenious bread bowl dip has me swooning and itching to bust out our darling measuring cups.

Bread Bowl Dip

Photo credit: Mr. Food

Let your slow cooker do all the work in making this crockpot BBQ chicken dip by The Cookie Rookie.

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Photo credit: The Cookie Rookie

I’m willing to bet that in addition to brushing on meats, this deceptively healthy Cherry BBQ Sauce from The Scrumptious Pumpkin can pair well with corn on the cob and other veggies.

Fun Fact: John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826–the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. (Source: History.com)

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