The Best Dip, Ever - Straight from Middle Earth

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Jan 14, 2017 /
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When I was young, I discovered the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. Glorious, wonderful, read-yearly books that have influenced thousands, nay, millions of people worldwide.

Imagine my pure joy when I went to college at Michigan State University, and there was a (drum roll, please)... Bilbo's Pizza. Yes. Every Single Item on the menu...Tolkien-inspired. Genius. The best item there was Bilbo's dill dip, that came with breadsticks. Now the East Lansing restaurant is closed, although there's one in Kalamazoo. Food detective that I am, I had to recreate this extraordinary dill dip. Here's the recipe - you'll thank me. It's a very flexible recipe - equal parts base ingredients, and equal parts dried herbs, plus a little salt. The dried ingredients? A trifecta of goodness - parsley, onions, dill.

Now, do we know what hobbits eat? Not necessarily. But if one is smart, he's mixing up a triple batch of this delicious dill dip for a merry gathering.
The Best Dip, Ever - straight from Middle Earth

Hobbit Dill Dip

Ingredients:

2 cups of base - you can use 1/2 sour cream, 1/2 mayonnaise. You can use 1/3 sour cream, 1/3 mayo, and 1/3 Greek yogurt - you want it thick and creamy. The mayo, while sounding gross, is critical.

1.5 T dried dill
1.5 T dried onion
1.5 T dried parsley

1/2 t salt
if desired: 1-2 T finely minced onion (optional)

Directions:

Mix together in a bowl, refrigerate for at least 20 minutes for the herbs and onions to bloom.

How to make the best dip ever

How to make the best dip ever

Serve with breadsticks, crudites, or on a spoon.

The best dip, ever

 

Homemade Breadsticks

(This dough can also be used for pizza or focaccia)

Ingredients:

1 1/4 c warm water
1 T yeast
pinch sugar
3 1/2 c flour
4 T olive oil
pinch salt

Directions:

Combine water, yeast, and sugar in a bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes, until the yeast starts getting puffy. Add in the flour, olive oil, and salt. I use a kitchenaid and let it mix for about 5 minutes. If you're doing it by hand, knead until the dough is soft and pliable.

Cover with a damp towel and put in a warm place to rise for an hour. Punch the dough down.

Preheat oven to 350.

Grease a 9x13 bread pan. Pat the dough into the bread pan, spread it to the edges. Poke the dough with your fingers to make little indentations. Put on 1 t olive oil, spread it all over the dough. Sprinkle with sea salt, smoked salt, and parmesan (if you wish).

how to make breadsticks

Bake for 20-30 minutes, until the breadsticks are puffy and golden on top.

Flip out onto a cutting board, cut into strips, serve with the Best Dip in the World.

 

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The best dip, ever