If you're like me, you know there is something very special about hosting friends to catch up and hang out over an array of beautiful, home-made food. (Lol, I sound like damn Martha Stewart, but live and let live, right?) When I throw a dinner party or a get-together with snacks, (this a recently acquired hobby of mine, btw) I make sure my intentions are in the right place. I want everyone to leave feeling full, but also like they ate good food that won't make them feel yucky. We all love a big plate of pasta, but let's be real, sometimes all that bloating afterwords isn't worth it;) So, it's incredibly possible to throw a good gathering with healthy options! Believe me, I've done it time and time again and not one person has said, "You know what Bianca, this was fun, thank you, but I didn't really vibe with that purple potato dip." Not once did I hear this.
Regardless, I'm not really sure whether it's the prep, the actual gagthering, or the positive feedback from my friends afterwards, that give me a high feeling. I feel so good after hosting my friends for some healthy grub that I would be open to doing it every weekend. I mean, I guess I should, but sometimes I gotta do laundry:/. Any who, it's incredibly satisfying to challenge yourself with preparing food for other people, and giving the gift of sustenance to the ones you love. I can't promise anything, but you should for sure give it a try;) This being said, I wanted to share a dip recipe I created on my own out of purple potatoes. If you're considering hosting a soirée this summer with an array of dips accompanying your crudités, try this recipe out if you also wanna keep your guests, and yourself, feeling light and energized after a night of grazin', sippin', livin', laughin' and lovin'.
First, consider where to buy your ingredients. I believe in spending a little more dough on good quality food because hey, our bodies are temples and not garbage cans. Purchasing the enitre meal at Trader Joes, Whole Foods or even your local farmers market is a good start, well at least that's where I start. To make any kind of 'dip' you will definitly need a food processor, so if you don't have one, you might have to get creative, but I'll leave that up to you.
What you will need (Serves 8):
- 5 large purple potatoes
- 1 yellow lemon
- Fresh dill
-Three cloves of garlic
- Olive oil
- Black pepper
Start by washing your potatoes and giving them a little scrub to rid them of any debris. Peel these suckers and throw 'em in a pot to boil. They usually take about 20-30 minutes to get soft depending on their size. Poke your potatoes every now and then; if your utensil slides right in, then they are done.
While your potatoes are cooling down after their boil party, wash the dill, mince the garlic and cut your lemon. Once the potatoes are cool, cut them into cubes and place them in your food processor. You might have to make batches depneidng on how big your processr is. Then, add a generous amount of dill, keeping in mind how many other batches you want to make. After this, add a pinch of salt, some juice from your lemon, a dollop of minced garlic, and a heavy handed sprinkle of black pepper, paprika, and olive oil. Blend this all until super smooth. Take a little taste and add more accouterments if desired. Your dip should be mixed in the processor very much past the "this looks like mashed potatoes" phase. I would say you should blast it in the processor for about 8 minutes until the consistency of your dip is incredibly fluffy and gooey. Serve slightly chilled alongside veggies!!! SO FAB!