Consider this deliciously enjoyable exercise. Pick up a chip, plunge it into some dip, then lift the dip-covered chip to your lips. Each repetition will reward your palate 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, you will find this popular appetizer at most social gatherings. The simplicity of preparation, 20 minutes or less, fueled its popularity during the 1950s when Americans transitioned from going to the movies to staying home with their new televisions.
Favorites include salsa, black bean, guacamole and queso dips, all enjoyed with tortilla chips. Also craved are dips created from a sour or cream cheese base enhanced with – just to name a few – shrimp, salmon, crab, and bacon. 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. Also popular in this region 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.