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Sometimes all those  nibbles we offer before a meal dampen the appetite and add inches to the waist. I have been considering combining nibbles and hors d’oeuvres and offering a healthier start to entertaining.

Serve with a selection of vegetables from:  battons of carrot, celery, red,  green & yellow peppers, cucumber, courgettes; florets of cauliflower and broccoli, cherry tomatoes, mange tout peas,  prawns, crab sticks.

Devil’s Dip

  • 1oz butter
  • 3tbs white flour
  • ½ level tsp curry powder
  • ½ pint of milk and vegetable stock
  • ½ level tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2tsp wine  vinegar

Make a white sauce and then add the other ingredients and allow to cool. My recipe from a wedding we catered for in the 1978, hence the quantity (which I have halved) and the addition of ¼pt cream. If the consistency needed adjusting I would now add creme fraiche. Allow to cool.

Garlic Dip

  • 2tbs mayonnaise
  • 2 -3 cloves of pressed garlic
  • 1tbs crème fraiche
  • Salt and pepper

Mix the ingredients together and season to taste.

Pimento Dip

  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1tbs crème fraiche
  • Red and green peppers, finely chopped

Blend all the ingredients together and season to taste.

Simple Marie Rose Sauce

  • 2tbs mayonnaise
  • 1tbs tomato ketchup
  • 1tbs dry sherry
  • pinch of caster sugar

Blend all the ingredients together and season to taste.

Blue Cheese Dip

  • 2tbs mayonnaise
  • 1tbs crème fraiche
  • 2 oz crumbled blue cheese
  • seasoning

Blend all the ingredients together

Cucumber Dill Dip

  • ¼ cucumber
  • 2tbs crème fraiche
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • Seasoning and a squeeze of lemon is optional, to give a sourer flavour.

Degorge the cucumber, grate finely onto a piece of kitchen towel and squeeze out the juice, add the crème fraiche and dried dill. Season to taste.

About Gabby

Gabrielle Hall has written 32 posts on this blog.

We live in the French Basque Country in  a house with about an acre of garden/woodland allowing us to continue, in retirement, a life focussed on self sufficiency. We both love cooking and always try to give our family and friends food that we have produced.

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