Skinny Dips: 60 Recipes for Dips, Spreads, Chips, and Salsas on the Lighter Side of Delicious by Diane Morgan

Skinny Dips:  60 Recipes for Dips, Spreads, Chips, and Salsas on the Lighter Side of Delicious
Diane Morgan
Chronicle Books (2010)
ISBN 9780811871426
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (10/10)


This book came for review at a perfect time because I was creating a menu for a small get together we were going to have.  I have no problem trying new recipes for guests so it seemed like a perfect time to review this book as well.  For the purpose of the review we are asked to try out three recipes.

The first recipe I made was “Curry Pumpkin Hummus.”  I felt this would be a nice way to bring in the fall.  The combination of chickpeas and pumpkin purée made a very smooth mixture which was easy to scoop.  The honey added the necessary sweetness to the curry flavor and the 2 cloves of garlic gave the hummus zing.  The dip was very well received and the little bit that was left over was spread on toast the next morning.

The second recipe I made was “Tomatillo Guacamole.”  I wanted to stray away from the traditional guacamole, so adding the charred tomatillos gave the mixture a smoky tang that I liked.  Rather than the traditional jalapeño peppers that are usually put into guacamole, this recipe called for Serrano chilies.  Paired with traditional corn chips, this dip also ended up being a hit.

For those that wanted a little heavier dip I made “Not Your Mother’s Deviled Ham Spread.”  I smiled when I saw the title because I remembered my mother making deviled ham spread on about the third day after baking a ham.  It was a great way to use up the leftovers.  Unlike what my mother made, this recipe asked for jalapeño as well as Tabasco sauce giving it a spicy touch.  For me, when I tasted this dip, it was too spicy; however, when spread on half a roasted fingerling potato it was simply delicious.

The three recipes were a hit at my party.  The dips went well with the wines I chose and several of the people attending asked for the recipes.

“Skinny Dips” is a keeper!  I’m certainly going to be trying other recipes such as “Artichoke Pesto” and “Green Olive and Almond Tapenade.”  This book is highly recommended if you are looking for light dips that don’t look or taste light.

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