OUR PARTY NEEDS TO GET FRUIT -Y
I woke up this morning with fruit dip on my brain. Today at my work, we will be saying good bye to our favorite speech therapist (she is the only speech therapist) as she moves onward to married life in the big city. No one is allowed to leave without a little celebration and lots of good food( thankfully I am not the only one who knows their way around a kitchen). We seem to have our fair share of parties, but they seem to include lots of pizza and cake. Now, I am not saying there is any thing wrong with the above mentioned combo, but I feel like we need a little healthier fare on our party spread.
FRUIT TRAY WITH A TWIST
So, when my mom squad bud “J” asked for a little help with the send off I though a fruit tray paired with fruit dip would be a good idea. There are still a good bit of fruits in season around here: watermelon, honey dew melon, grapes of all variety, strawberries, and oranges. Oh, how I love an orange (I will always be a FL citrus farmer’s granddaughter). Those fresh smelling FL navels got me thinking. I know I always make this killer cherry flavored dipping sauce, but what about changing it up a little bit with an orange flavored dip.
FRUIT DIP EXPERIMENT TIME
I entered the kitchen with a purpose this morning: to create a not too sweet a little on the tangy side and very much orange flavored dip. I had my mind set on a couple of ingredients that would give me the tang and the sweet, and after a few trial runs I came up with a great flavor profile, not overly sweet with that delicious subtle orange flavor.
ORANGE DREAM DIP WITH SEASONAL FRUIT
1 Can Orange Juice Concentrate
2 Eight Ounce Packages Cream Cheese
8 Ounces of Greek Yogurt
1/4 Cup Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Seasonal Fruit Sliced in Bite Size Pieces
Place orange juice concentrate, cream cheese, yogurt, and orange juice in blender and mix until smooth. Serve with the bite size seasonal fruit.
The recipe makes a large amount, you can half it for smaller affairs. I made two fruit platters and placed the dip in a large serving bowl. We had a great spread: cookies, brownies, little smokies, chips, dips, and a cake. “Brentwood” (our speech therapist we lovingly call by her private school alumni) loved the dip. She said, “I can drink this like a milk shake.” I would say my mission for a healthy dish with a yummy dip was accomplished.