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Creamy Tomato Dip with a Touch of Lemon

The dip is a mouthwatering tomato ketchup, lemon, and mayonnaise mixture, which is also nice for dipping bread or seafood, so if you make extra dip you can serve it with some of your other easy party appetizers as well. There are many dip recipes you can consider if you are catering for a buffet or even making individual appetizer portions for guests at a sit-down dinner. This dip is a good example of how you can combine just five ingredients and make something perfectly balanced in flavor and attractive too. Use your judgment when adding the lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Add a few drops of lemon juice and a tiny sprinkle of cayenne pepper, then stir the dip and taste it. You can add more if you like. It is easier to add more than remove too much!

You can alter this dip if you like, depending what you are planning to serve it with. If you are going to serve it with something sweet like pineapple wrapped in bacon, you might want to leave it as it is. Alternatively, you can switch the light cream for sour cream for a slightly different flavor. If you want to serve this dip with seafood appetizers or perhaps shrimp appetizers, you can add a few drops of whisky or sweet sherry for a special flavor or a few drops of Worcestershire sauce instead.

Dip recipes are versatile and you can either serve them in a dish with appetizers arranged around them. This is especially good for little appetizers on toothpicks, like bacon wrapped pineapple pieces, because your guests can help themselves to the appetizers and dip them without making a mess. Some dip recipes work as salad dressings and if you are serving a salad at your buffet, you might find that people take a couple of spoonfuls of the dip to go with their salad. You should make sure you make enough because dips tend to run out fast. However, this is such a simple dip recipe to make that if it does run out you can make another one in about two minutes!

Tangy Dip - Perfect for Pineapple Wrapped in Bacon
Summary: Ketchup, mayonnaise and cream combine to make this wonderful dip, while a touch each of lemon and cayenne round out the flavor. This is so quick and easy to make.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dip Recipe
Serves: 10
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  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 8 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons light cream
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Lemon juice
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the dip and chill it until ready to serve.
  2. Serve this tangy dip recipe with bacon wrapped pineapple, vegetable crudités, bread, or anything else you like.
  3. It keeps in the refrigerator for up to two days
For a wonderful appetizer for this recipe see our appetizer recipe section: Pineapple Wrapped in Bacon with a Tangy Dip

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The dip is a bit like marie rose sauce – ketchup, mayonnaise and cream are flavored with a little cayenne pepper and lemon juice, for a simple dip. The slight bitterness from the lemon juice is good if you are serving pineapple wrapped in bacon, or another appetizer recipe, which has a sweet flavor. The pink color of this dip comes from the addition of ketchup and it makes it look appetizer. Serve this easy dip recipe with any strong flavored appetizer – something containing shrimp or bacon is perfect.

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