Anyone who’s ever been to a potluck has seen the vast array of food that usually arrives along with the guests. Whenever we’ve been invited to one, we try to bring a dish (a huge dish, mind you) that is a crowd pleaser. I think it’s common sense in most plural families that you plan on bringing large amounts to satisfy a very large crowd.
As kids we always looked forward to these events, imagining being able to pick from several dishes and NOT having to put something on your plate that you didn’t want to eat, like vegetables!
My mothers each had their signature dishes that many people looked forward to. One of them would make an enormous bowl of potato salad which she garnished with slices of boiled eggs and sprinkled paprika for color. Another one made her famous sugar cookies with frosting, each one so perfect. My own mother was well-known for her avocado chip dip. This was no regular guacamole. It was special. In fact, I’m pretty sure that when she showed up to the party and people asked if she brought “the dip”, and the answer was no, she was asked to leave the premises immediately! Naturally, it became the stand-by for any party, and she often made enough to fill the largest of serving dishes.
I don’t think she’ll mind if I share the recipe. Everyone in the world should be able to enjoy something so delicious!
Avocado Chip Dip
1/2 pint whipping cream
16 oz carton cottage cheese
1 medium ripe avocado
1/4 of an onion
2 toes fresh garlic
salt & pepper to taste
Pour whipping cream into a blender and blend until thickened. Add cottage cheese, avocado, onion and garlic. Blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mom always saved the pit from the avocado and put it on top of the dip during travel. She said kept the avocado from turning brown.
In my opinion, this dip is best enjoyed with plain or ruffled style potato chips. In reality you can put it on just about ANYTHING and it will make it taste better…sandwiches, eggs, hamburgers, mexican food…the list goes on and on.