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May 22
A Vegetable Tray with a Great Dip for Memorial Day

​This weekend brings the celebration of Memorial Day.  It is a special day of remembering those who have served our country and paid the ultimate price for our freedom.  So remember those who have gone before and thank those who are or have served in the Military.  My Dad is a 26 year veteran of the U.S. Air Force.  He went the Naval Academy and then was commissioned into the Air Force (before the Air Force Academy started graduating cadets).  He tested aircraft equipment at Edwards Air Force Base where I was born, taught at the Air Force Academy, worked on the Air Force budget at the Pentagon and managed the propulsion program before retiring and working for a contractor at Arnold Engineering and Development Complex.  I'm proud of my Dad and his service to our country and for his love of our country and the benefits and freedoms it brings.

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Memorial Day is also a time for cookouts and family gatherings as we remember and celebrate and also as the weather warms up.  A pretty vegetable tray with good dip makes a beautiful and fresh side to the burgers, barbecues and hot dogs.  While you can use some ranch dressing, Dried Beef Dip makes a party worthy vegetable tray!

Dried Beef Dip is a long time family favorite recipe. Back in the late seventies/early eighties, my family was living in Beavercreek, Ohio. There was a local grocery store called Lofino’s. It had a demonstration kitchen in the middle with all kinds of different products and I thought it was a most fun place to go and wander. My Mom went to one of the demonstrations and they had this Dried Beef Dip recipe as part of a holiday class. We’ve been using it ever since. 

Before you cringe, yes there is a place for jarred cheese product (processed cheese dip – aka Cheez Whiz) and it’s in this dip. It gives the dip a great creamy texture and a cheesy flavor. The second jarred product is the dried beef - thin round sheets of dried meat rolled up in a jar. This adds a salty flavor that is great with the fresh vegetables (this is also why this dip is not good with crackers or chips). While these are not products that I use everyday, they are great in this dip for special occasions.  Then there are four seasonings – onion, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce and horseradish - that bring incredible depth and flavor to the dip. Grate the onion on the smallest holes on your grater. It will make a lot of juice as well as grated onion – just scoop it all up into the measuring spoon. Mix all that with some cream cheese and you have a wonderfully unique vegetable dip for a great party. 

For dippers, along with the usual suspects of carrots and celery, try stripped up bell peppers, radish coins, sugar snap peas, slightly blanched asparagus, zucchini sticks, jicama sticks or mini seedless cucumbers cut into sticks for a great variety.

So have a great Memorial Day and celebrate at your cookout with a good old vegetable tray with a new twist.

Dried Beef Dip

16 ounces cream cheese

1 (8-ounce) jar cheese dip (Cheez Whiz)

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons cream style horseradish

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon grated onion

1 (5-ounce) jar dried beef, chopped

 In large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and cheese dip until fluffy. Add Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, garlic powder and grated onion. Stir in dried beef. Serve with cut up vegetables.

 

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