The Best 7-Layer Taco Dip Recipe {VIDEO}

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Summer is the best time for parties, gatherings, get-togethers or whatever you wish to call them. I am constantly preparing food in the summer months and I love it because it means we are spending time with people. I have a handful of favorite..

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Zucchini Fries and Seasoned Sour Cream Recipe

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Blueberry-sour cream muffins

This is Week #46 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food and Wine Annual Cookbook 2010: An Entire Year of Recipes.

I feel like a bit of a two-timer. I've had a favorite muffin for years, and now I'm suddenly dreaming of another. My old muffin still has a special place in my heart, but this new one gives me butterflies. I'm one of those people who goes to a restaurant and doesn't stray much from the usual order. When I find something I love, I stick with it! So when it was time to make this muffin recipe, I almost felt like it was a waste of time. Like any other muffin than my usual would be a huge disappointment.

And I could not have been more wrong! I am now feeling inspired to order something besides the Spinach Veggie Wrap (for the 273rd consecutive time) at Jason's Deli!

First, make the topping:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, combine:

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Rub with your fingers to form coarse crumbs. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Now make the mufins:

Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray. 

In a medium bowl, whisk together:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, using a hand-held mixer, beat 1 large egg at medium speed until frothy. 

Add:

3/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Beat until pale yellow, 1 minute.

Beat in, until blended:

1 rounded cup sour cream

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until almost blended. 

In a small bowl, toss together:

1 rounded cup frozen blueberries (I used fresh, and mmmm!)

1 tablespoon flour

Gently fold the blueberries into the batter.

Fill the muffin cups three-fourths full of batter and sprinkle with the topping.

Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the muffins from the pan and allow them to cool on a rack.

You'll be two-timing your favorite muffin in no time!

Creamy Onion Dip Recipe

Mix together this creamy, flavorful sour cream based dip. Blue cheese and onion soup mix blended together makes a simple, yet delicious way to enjoy fresh vegetables! You can also dip a cracker or pretzel in. Guaranteed to be devoured!

My husband and I have a common love of dips. Slow Cooker Hot Corn Dip or Zingy Black Bean Dip, you name it we want to try it! It is one of the first things we discovered that we both enjoyed, along with skydiving, kissing and margaritas. Not all together. Well, dips and margaritas go together (we have even managed to make skydiving and kissing go together, ha!). When we were first dating, we made a lot of different dips and we would sit out on my patio and eat and talk until the sun went down. Aaaaahhhh, those were the days.

The appetizer/dip section of our personal recipe book is pretty extensive, but we are always looking for things to add to it. We recently discovered this simple, yet delicious little dip that tastes wonderful with chips, crackers and veggies alike.

How long does onion dip last?

The great thing about onion dip is that it is great the first day but also tastes even (almost) better the second day. You can seal this in a air-tightcontainer for about 2 weeks in the fridge.

Do I have to use sour cream for my dip?

There are many different recipes that use other bases for this dip. This is just one and it’s really tasty. A plain yogurt would also work.

It is a perfect party staple and it is guaranteed to get devoured. Baby carrots will undoubtedly be found scraping the sides of the bowl, searching for every last morsel of dip yumminess.

Creamy onion dip

Simple yet delicious! Guaranteed to be devoured!

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Jan 27, 2011

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Serves: 14

Total time: 10 min

CreamyOnionDip"

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. dry onion soup mix
  • ½ cup crumbled bleu cheese
  • Snipped fresh parsley
  • Assorted vegetable dippers (baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, pepper strips)
Instructions:
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together sour cream and dry soup mix. Stir in bleu cheese. If desired, cover and chill for up to 48 hours. Sprinkle with parsley just before serving and serve with vegetable dippers.