That’s how we roll this month with “Signature Dip” as the central theme for our September’s Monthly Mystery Munchies #17. No complicated rules attached but to just share:
what makes this dip special and
what makes it “signaturely yours”…you know, that unique touch that shouts “It’s Gen!” or “It’s Ann!”
Just what could that be?!
There’s one big benefit of living in Holland if you are a cheese lover. We are consumed by cheeses. All types of cheeses, nothing too expensive and the Dutch drown in them. I bet you that there is not one single household in Holland where they don’t keep cheese in their fridge. That’s just not done.
So here’s where I’ve come to with my unplanned signature dip: I decided that making a dip dish under 25 minutes from prep to cooking would be a great idea. So is using just one ingredient in this signature dish that’s not commonly used with a traditional dip which is not a garnish.
Incidentally (and very conveniently!), we had some creamy chicken liver pâté in the fridge so I decided to use it as the key flavour binder along with thinly sliced chicken delis and pan-fry without any oil. Then I mix them in, along with some herbs and spices, to a boat-load of the different variation of cheese I could get my hands on.
A smoked fresh chilli adds a little bit of kick to the taste. Then I threw it in the oven. Voila.
This is possibly not the healthiest of choice considering the cheese overload, but the fusion of flavours surprised me. The very first time I made it and threw a bunch of stuff inside, it was pretty much gone in minutes. Silver Bullet was raving about how good this was and my in-laws love it.
Later on, I made more and more of those prior to posting this up just because it is so easy and quick to make. Each time with a little variation and each time looking a little better than the previous. It’s been an ideal side for when you have guests. Here’s another variation where I added chives and spring onions:
So far, those who tried came back for seconds.Soooo sooo good that if you serve it with bread (and make it a cheesy one too), plain nachos or tortilla chips, you will not be able to stop dipping.
Using mozzarella and herbed cheeses like white asparagus cheese, or pesto cheese would be a good way to vary the taste. Add a handful of crushed fried shallots if you wish. Or even finely chopped beef salami. There’s really no limit here and I like that subtle chicken pate flavour which gives its unique taste.
The best part of this is that it’s all done just about under 25 minutes. And depending on how big the surface area of the dish is, it should last you and your guest(s) for minimally an hour. That is if you don’t have too many hands dipping!
Here goes this month’s creation:
Creamy Chicken Liver Pâté Cheese Dip
A decadent, addictive and super cheesy dip with a secret ingredient that would make you come back for more!
By now, you should already know how creative Gen can get to make it her own. If you aren’t drooling with what I have on my post, I bet you would be by the time you get to Gen’s.
With this challenge and without an inch of doubt, I am more than just sure she has created a signature dip that shouts “Only.Gen’s!”. She would be leaving you drooling and rolling over quite quickly! Let’s go!
Monthly Mystery Munchies features every first Friday of the month in collaboration with Gen, Author of Eat, Play, Clove. and I’m waiting in anticipation on what Gen would unleash for next month’s challenge. Please stay tuned.
See you next month! Meantime, I’m taking this dip over to #FiestaFriday. Make sure you mosey over there as well!
In response to Stomper Dad’s Taboo Challenge with no use of the words “at” and “do” (Yes, I checked with CTRL + F) in this post as I realised that this post easily covers the challenge set for Day 1 and Day 2! How’s that for the first challenge eh! What are you waiting for? Join in the fun and add your link to take part in the challenge!