It’s the 21st, and that means that it’s time for another Recipe Redux post! This month’s theme was “spooky” spices – unusual spices that you don’t often use, actually. It didn’t take me long to decide what I was going to make. I knew that I was going to recreate my Grandma Tootsie’s chip dip recipe, because it uses a spice blend that I bet most people have never heard of: Beau Monde. Beau Monde is a spice blend that is only available from Spice Islands. It’s savory, and it’s kind of hard to describe. Salty, with a little something more. Celery salt is in there for sure, but I can’t put my finger on the other spices.
Anyway, my Grandma Tootsie was my mom’s mom. and she has been gone for 18 years now. She was a hair dresser, she loved to play the lottery, she taught me how to play Solitaire, (and double Solitaire!), she loved crosswords, she loved to drink Coke, she was a great cook who made delicious pierogies, she was extremely generous, and she really loved us. Her chip dip recipe was a favorite of ours, and I am told that when I was just little, she was making it, and saying the words “Beau Monde” in a silly voice and that made me crack up.
It’s strange when someone you love has been gone for a long time…at least for me, it’s not that often that I think about little things that we did together that were special to me. And it’s too bad, because I think that remembering those times, even for a few minutes now and then is important. I tend to forge ahead every day, busy busy busy. I need to remember that it’s okay to be pulled back into the past and think about my grandma, or family or friends and the memories I have with them. Looking back gives me a gentler outlook/attitude as I handle some of the stresses in my daily life.
Whew! That got a little heavy for a minute! And you just came for the chip dip. :)
Okay, so this recipe is super simple. I used dairy free cream cheese and milk of course, but we used to make it with full fat cream cheese and regular milk. If you eat dairy, you should definitely make this, it’s amazing. It turned out quite well with the non-dairy alternatives, too! I do love that Daiya makes such a creamy cream cheese substitute. Since this dip is made in the blender, it is very smooth. It may even look a little thin when you pour it out, but after chilling for a couple of hours it thickens up.
Creamy Chip Dip.
- 8 ounce container Daiya cream cheese softened
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 2 cloves garlic
- 4 green onions chopped
- 1 teaspoon Beau Monde
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Place the cream cheese, almond milk, green onions (light green and white parts, keep the darker green tops for garnish), and garlic in the blender.
Blend for a few seconds, then scrape down the sides and add the spices.
Blend again until totally smooth and combined.
Refrigerate for two hours before serving.
Serve with your favorite potato chips.
Have you ever heard of Beau Monde? Do you ever use this spice blend?
This post is part of my series: 31 Days of Gluten, Dairy, and Egg Free Soups, Salads, Sides & Sweets.