Consider this deliciously enjoyable exercise. Pick up a chip, plunge it into some dip, then lift the dip-covered chip to your lips. With each repetition, your palate will be rewarded with satisfying combinations of crunchy, salty, creamy and savory sensations.
Observed annually on March 23, today is Chips & Dip Day. From Super Bowl tailgates to backyard barbecues, this popular appetizer will be found at most social gatherings. The simplicity of preparation fueled its popularity during the 1950s when we transitioned from going to the movies to staying home with our new televisions.
Favorites include salsa, black bean, guacamole and queso, all enjoyed with tortilla chips. Recipes created from a sour or cream cheese base enhanced with shrimp, salmon, crab, and bacon are also popular dips. Although potato chips are classic dippers for these creamy delights, newer choices include vegetable, pita and bagel chips.
Across the Atlantic, Mediterraneans have savored the concept since the 1200s. Hummus, made with olive oil and chickpeas, cannellini beans or roasted eggplant, is typically paired with pita for dipping. Another regional favorite is tapenade, an olive dip served with thin slices of toasted baguettes.
Celebrate Chips & Dip Day by splurging on a whimsical platter and hosting friends to a potluck gathering. Perform as many repetitions of the chip-dip-lift exercise as needed to work out your taste buds.