The Bowls Are Coming!

Ahhh football! Love it. Are you planning to watch the games? Or hosting a party? How about trying one of our favorite dips! Not too filling (in case you are having a big meal after) and each has its own personality. Something that you can make ahead and, a big must for me, not take up stove or oven space. I like to serve something with some pizazz. Not the hackneyed clam, crab or onion dips... I think we've had enough of them.... but some others we really like around my house.

The first I posted a while back- a nice spicy eggplant dip. Delicious. You can find it HERE. But it takes a tad more time to prepare than you may wish to spend. The others are simple to make and can be made a day ahead- in fact I've found most dips are better the second day, haven't you?

Happy New Year everyone and Happy Bowl watching!

Sun Dried Tomato Dip
Adapted from Cuisine At Home

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
6 ounces plain yogurt
1/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained
1/3 cup shallots, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon
Crackers or bagel chips

Blend cream cheese, yogurt, sour cream, tomatoes, shallots, lemon juice, zest and salt in a food processor until smooth. Fold in parsley and tarragon, then chill for at least 1 hour.

Smoked Bluefish Paté
From Open House Cookbook by Sarah Leah Chase

1 pound smoked bluefish, skinned and flaked (I use whitefish)
12 ounces cream cheese, softened
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 red onion, minced
1/4 cup chopped dill pickle
2 tablespoons capers, drained
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons cognac

Beat fish, cream cheese and butter in a bowl. Add other ingredients but do not over beat. Some texture is desired. Cover and refrigerate several hours. Serve with crackers. Makes about 3 cups.

Smoked Salmon Spread

From Barefoot Contessa, Family Style

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 teaspoon horseradish, drained
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
1/4 pound (4 ounces) good quality smoked salmon, minced

Cream the cheese until just smooth. Add the sour cream, lemon juice, dill, horseradish, salt, and pepper, and mix. Add the smoked salmon and mix well. Chill and serve with crackers or toasted baguette slices.


  1. I'll take the worst one and eat the whole bowl by myself!

  2. Oh, these are fabulous. I am totally making a b-line for the fish pate daaaahling. Moi knows nothing about sports (except shopping) and is totally clueless when it comes to football, but whenever there's a party and there's food, there's going to be a housewife :D.

  3. Oh my, these sound delicious, and yes even in Canada we watch the "bowls", he he, this is a rather sports minded household!!!
    Thanks for sharing the recipes!
    Margaret B

  4. OOOOH, I love dips! We don't have bowls here in Belgium--at least not the football kind. But we DO have chips. And now we'll have dips!

  5. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I love chips and dip!

  6. ahhh. these dips are really useful!
    got to love chips and dips.
    christmasy too.
    the dips look so good.
    i could probably finish it on my own.

  7. I've bookmarked these! I love dip recipes!

  8. Oooh it is that time of year where the dips come out! These look great.

  9. Hi Barbara,

    These dips look yummy and I love how they look so Christmassy.
    I hope that you will have some time to relax for the holidays and best wishes for 2010.


  10. Mmm...love smoked salmon dips, this one looks sensational. happy New Year to you too!

  11. BD: I kind of feel that way about the salmon dip!

    HH: Yes, I have been making appetizers for the football watchers for years. I try to do it all in advance so I can watch too!

    Margaret: Glad to find another female bowl-watcher!

    Kate: I love dips too...and get bored with all the old ones.

    Duck: I just know the Pond would love one of these!

    Muffins: The danger...eating it all yourself! ;)

    Pam: Me too!

    Bryan: Thanks for visiting and introducing me to your blog!

    Carolyn: It's still kind of busy around here- no calm for another week. But I love it.

    Shaz: Agree completely about the salmon dip

  12. I don't foresee myself watching very much football...but I love a good dip nonetheless. The eggplant one sounds fantastic, as does the smoked salmon. I can never resist smoked salmon.

  13. You bet those games will be on at our house and thank you so much for these wonderful dip recipes.

  14. What great dips and spreads! I love that kind of food

    Enjoy the games and best wishes for 2010!



  15. I love these!! look yummy,yummy,yummy!! Barbara my son is crazy by Soccer (you know) he see all the games!! gloria

  16. Barbara, these are some terrific dips for "Bowl Watching"!

    I like the title of this post, reminds me of that funny movie, "The Russians are Coming". Lets hope that we are not attacted by an army of bowl... they would be hard to beat...

  17. I knew that you were my kinda chick! We lovva da Bowl Games! I'm cooking up a big pot of green chile and quesadillas today! Woo-hoo!

  18. awesome dips Barbara we like Tennis and F1 racing LOL

    oh love the salmon one Jasmine would love this


  19. Joanne: The eggplant dip takes a little more time, but it's really a super good dip.

    Lea Ann: We always have a meal after or during, so these dips are just right for us.

    Rosa: Me too!

    Gloria: I followed my kids from sport to sport, so know what you're going through!

    George: Funny! Had forgotten that movie, but you're right. (Guess this it could also be fair warning for those who don't like football much!)

    TKW: I've got some of the salmon dip in my fridge right now!

    Rebecca: No matter which sport you're watching, dips are a great thing to have nearby. Watch for those double dippers!

  20. Yes Barbara there is nothing like a sister.

    That bluefish looks delicious.

    Love Renee xoxo

  21. Definitely a fan of sun-dried tomato anything! Bowl games are a fixture in our house. Husband's a fanatic!

  22. Renee: It is delicious, but I can only get smoked whitefish here- works just as well.

    Kellypea: Found this recipe recently; she suggested using lo-cal sour cream, but it really is better this way.

  23. I'm not usually a big football fan, but I love getting together and eating all the food!

  24. Mmmm... these look amazing! Bring on the bowls!

  25. Nice! I don't watch sports but I would eat all of these delicious dips! Thanks for sharing all these great recipes!

  26. The sun-dried tomato dip sounds really tasty. I'll keep this in mind. Thanks

  27. Yum looks great to me! enjoy your company!

  28. Your sundried tomato dip sounds so moreish!

  29. The sun dried tomato dip is going on my list of recipes to try. Thanks for sharing!

  30. I'm not a football fan but would happily settle for any of these wonderful dips and actually, I'm pretty tempted by them all. Hope you got your camera, or at least some other nice stuff!

  31. These sound and look so elegant! I love making homemade dips, it's so easy to buy them but tastes so much better when they are made at home :)

  32. Bring on the crackers!!!! Lovely dips!

  33. wow, all of those spreads sound just amazing! I really need to work on starting to make those homemade!

  34. Deborah: After living outside Detroit for many years and having been friends with some of the Detroit Lions, I became a football fan. (not that the Lions are anything to write home about!)

    Culinography: I agree- I love dips!

    Hungry: Of course the dips can be eaten any old time...and we do.

    Anita: I thought this was a really tasty dip.

    Flourchild: I will; they will be here until the 4th!

    Trissa: They are!

    Trisha: It's a tasty one all right.

    Vanessa: No camera, but Blue-Ray and an iPod Shuffle!

    Lorraine: Agreed- everything is better when it's homemade!

    Rita: Absolutely!

    Simply: They are so easy, too.

  35. Somehow, I married a football hater. Sigh. But we still enjoy a warm, cheesy dip for no good reason...

  36. Hmmm - I'm not that big (or at all) into football, but I'll gladly find a use for this Salmon Spread!

  37. I love the sound of the smoked bluefish pate. I feel like dipping my bread stick into it NOW!

  38. Wow!Wow!Wow! They look wonderful!Salmon spread....I have to try that one :)

  39. Dip recipes like this can not be ignore! Sounds really delicious Barbara.

  40. I loves me some sun-dried tomato dip! Sounds fabulous - thanks!

  41. Channon: Agreed. We like dips whether there is football or not!

    Kitty: I hate to pick favorites, but I could eat the entire bowl of salmon dip.

    Ellie: Sarah Chase's cookbook is loaded with really great recipes.

    Erica: It's great.

    Elra: Thanks...I love it when I see a new dip recipe.

    Stephanie: It's really tasty and I love the color!

  42. Hi Barbara, the dips/spreads all look delicious. I'm definitely printing them and making the salmon and the sun-dried tomato over the New Year Holiday. Thanks for posting so many wonderful recipes :)
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year

  43. Love the sundried tomato dip, would be lovely with some french bread, and even breadsticks. Yum

  44. Don't care for the bowls! But I love these dips.
    Thanks for sharing these yummy recipes!

  45. I'll take the dip, you can have the bowls!

  46. I so love your dips!! these sound so yummie,...so festive too! yummie!

  47. this gal LOVES her some sun-dried tomatoes. i love anything flavored with them, containing them, or just flat-out plain. that dip entices me more than any other and i have the perfect place to take it!!

  48. These look great! I want to try all of them! Great post.

  49. the sundried tomato dip looks incredible! i want to make that for new year's eve! :)

  50. oh i love all of them! what wonderful holiday dips! hope you're having a great holiday!

  51. Bunny: They sun dried is good but there's something about the salmon that really entices me!

    Kitchen: Never thought of French bread, but French bread toasts would be wonderful.

    Pam: The dips are just as good without the bowls, but I do love football.

    Duck: What?!! The Pond is not watching the bowls??

    Sophie: Yes, especially the sun dried tomato dip is very festive looking.

    Grace: So pleased you have a good place to try out this dip! It's lovely.

    Figtree: Thanks!

    Megan: It seems to be the most popular of the dips I posted. And it really is good.

  52. Each one of these sounds delish! We are not big football fans, but have a superbowl party for friends each year anyway!

  53. Yes, I am planning to watch the bowl games! The big game on Friday, is the University fo Florida vs. Cincinnatti. We are a big Gator growling family.
    I think these dips are a wonderful addition to a football party. Love it!

    Happy New Year!!!

  54. Sarah: Super Bowl parties are such fun!

    Duck: I commented on your blog about the cookbooks.

    Velva: Super! Another football fan! Love the Gators!

  55. These are terrific! I'm saving them up for later use. Thanks, Barbara. Btw, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you & your love ones. Hope you've a blessful & prosperous new year.
    Best wishes, kristy

  56. Lovely dips! Simply mouthwatering.
    You can keep the sports though...
    I don't watch anything more violent than Jeopardy.. thank goodness hubs isn't into sports. My first hubby was a hockey player and I had my fill. :)

  57. Barbara... I love your blog but for some reason it's not opening on Safari and I have to go to Firefox...am I the only one with this problem??? Great 'bowls'!!!!

  58. Kristy: You'll love them and Happy New Year to you too!

    Natashya: Funny comment! I still love sports even after a husband, his friends and 2 sons! I gave up and joined 'em.
    Keep the dip recipes for other parties...they are really good.

    Long Past: I left a comment on your blog.

  59. Happy New Year to you and yours!! xoxo

  60. My dear Barbara I stopping by only to whish you a fantastic and lovely New Year, gloria

  61. Lecia: I look forward to your exquisite photos in 2010!

    Duck: Happy New Year to everyone in the Pond! (Pumble might want to read my next posting!)

    Gloria: Happy New Year to you too!

  62. Barbara - I don't think I could express enough the gratitude I have for your continued support and kind words these months. You are truly wonderful woman, and your thoughtful words have meant the world to me.

    Now, no party or not, I am going to try some of your dip recipes. Too good to not enjoy. Your blog is tremendous and I look forward to the new year ahead full of friendship and food fun. Happy New Year's Eve & I hope you ring 2010 in big and with great abandon. All my very best to you xx deb

  63. Hi Barbara, I've seen your name on several various blogs so thought I'd start the New Year by saying hi. Happy New Year.

  64. I love dips. Why don't I make them more often??? Thanks for the recipes!



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