Happy New Year & tips for party dips

Good luck in the New Year

Happy New Year my friends &

Good luck for the New Year with a little pig cake

I hope you’ve all enjoyed nice dinner parties last night. I imagine that many of us have been invited to Raclette, Fondue & Co. I myself was invited to a delicious Raclette soirée. My contribution were the dips & sauces, which I had prepared at home in the afternoon. We had something for every taste: Common sauces like guacamole and cocktail sauce as well as more exotic ones like blue cheese garlic dip or pineapple coriander sauce.

Blue Cheese Dip

Ingredients: 1 pack blue cheese (ca. 250g/1/2 pound), 1/2-3/4 cup sour cream, 3 garlic cloves, salt, 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts (optional)

With a fork mix the blue cheese, the sour cream and the finely diced garlic together. Season with a pinch of salt and add one tablespoon of chopped walnuts (optional).

Cocktail Sauce

Ingredients: 1 cup ketchup (my preferred: Heinz ketchup), 1 cup mayonnaise (my preferred: Hellmann’s Mayo), salt, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Mix the ketchup and mayonnaise together, season with salt and a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.

Variation: Add a spoon of cranberry jam for a little sweeter taste.

Quick Tartare Sauce

Ingredients: 1 glas mayonnaise (250g), small glass pickles, 1 onion, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, salt

Dice the pickles and the onion, stir into the mayonnaise. Then season with vinegar and salt.

Egg & Caper Sauce

Ingredients: 1/2 glas mayonnaise (small glas of 250g), 2 hard boiled eggs, 1-2 tablespoons capers, pepper, ground nutmeg, spicy paprika powder

Boil the eggs (10 min) and when cold, dice them. Then stir the egg chunks into the mayo, add the capers and season with pepper, ground nutmeg and spice paprika powder (very little, only a pinch of each)


Ingredients: 3 avocado, 4 cloves garlic, 2-3 tablespoons sour cream, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, sweet paprika powder, salt, pepper (optional)

With a fork mash the avocado. Then add the finely chopped garlic and the squeezed lemon juice, and mix with a hand blender.  Stir in the sour cream and season with a pinch of sweet paprika powder, salt & pepper. The pepper is optional. If you don’t want to have the black dots in your guacamole, season with pepper on your plate.

Tasty Sour Cream

Ingredients: 1 cup sour cream, salt

Simply season the sour cream with a pinch of salt and stir well.

Variation: To make a lighter sour cream, replace one half with greek yoghurt. In the summer time, you can make a great dip if you add finely chopped onion and additionally season with red paprika powder. This dip is very tasty with pretzels.

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