Browsing Category : Sauces, Dips, & Spreads

Spicy Italian Giardiniera | Mountain Cravings

Hot Italian Giardiniera


Growing up in an Italian-American family, I thought everyone’s fridge had a big gallon jar of spicy pickled vegetables – what else do you pull out when you’re hungry but dinner isn’t ready yet? It wasn’t until I was older that I realized most of my friends had no idea what I was talking about. It’s about time I shared…

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Clams Casino Dip | Mountain Cravings

Clams Casino Dip


Have you had clams casino? Open-faced fresh clams are steamed in white wine and butter, heaped with buttery bacon breadcrumbs, and broiled to perfection. Fresh clams are stunning but feeding a party gets expensive fast. This dip is the answer for high-class flavor at a quarter of the price! We’re taking all the elements of the traditional open-faced version and baking…

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Raspberry-Jalapeño Jam Spread | Mountain Cravings

Raspberry-Jalapeño Jam Spread


Currently obsessing over this too-easy spread that I’ve made twice in the past few days! Like so many good things this is almost too simple: simmering jalapenos in raspberry jam and spreading it over cream cheese and devouring with pretzels. Good old-fashioned pretzel sticks work just fine, but Pretzel Crisps (not sponsored, just addicted) are perfect for scooping.

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Fresh Basil Pesto | Mountain Cravings

Fresh Basil Pesto


Anyone else have herbs going absolutely crazy by this point of summer? For me, everything is either thriving or long-gone – I most definitely did not inherit my mother’s magical green thumb. Thankfully the basil is in that first group and it’s shooting up so fast I can’t keep up. This is the very best basil problem to have, because too…

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Addicting Tzatziki Sauce


Cool and creamy is the comfort food of summer, guys. I love me some sauces (like, on everything) but now that we’re hitting triple digits outside it’s gotta be chilled. The only hot food we need at this point is straight off a grill. Tzatziki is the tangy yogurt sauce found in Greek foods like gyros, aka your new go-to summer…

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Chipotle-Lime Cabbage Fish Tacos


Fish tacos are summertime-perfect, easy and cravable without being too heavy for a hot evening on the porch. We’re making a super-simple cabbage slaw and an even easier sauce and sticking the fish in the oven because nobody wants to stand over a hot stove. Pour yourself a margarita, sit back, and congratulate yourself on getting the best fish tacos…

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Lighter Spinach Artichoke Dip


One mixing bowl full of cheesy artichokey goodness, poured into a dish and baked: this is the perfect easy appetizer for a night in! Or in our case, maybe dinner after a full day in the kitchen, and there are no regrets. Spinach artichoke dip is one of those dishes that shows up on every appetizer menu but you can…

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Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce


Here’s your weeknight dinner answer for the next forever. We’re not going for gourmet, but it would be cool if we can check off a couple different food groups instead of just putting cheese on a tortilla and calling it a quesadilla again. Just me? A creamy sauce built around sun-dried tomatoes dresses up fish, chicken, or whatever else is…

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Baked Chili Cheese Dip


It’s almost football time! And nothing goes better with sports than a full spread of saucy wings, garlicky cheese bread, and enough dips to cover every inch of the table. (This pretty much sounds like my perfect lazy Sunday, if we’re being honest.) We’re layering cream cheese + beefy chili sauce + cheddar cheese and baking it. It’s all going…

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Spicy Harissa Paste


Anyone else have a hot sauce obsession? I just honestly think pretty much every dish can be improved by a little spice. And every dish is different and needs its own style – a dozen different hot sauces are a necessity. Harissa is a hot chile paste from northern Africa, and it has become a major staple in my hot…

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