Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Thai Pork Dip or Don't Be a Dip


Go ahead. Look up the word dip. I've never realized just how many meanings there are for the word. My favorite from the Urban Dictionary goes like this: "Dip -  leave abruptly. To get the hell out of somewhere."  In this case at least, with this recipe, it would go something like this: "Quit being a dip. If you don't put that damn dip in front of me, I'm going to dip right out of here."

And with good reason, because this is damn good dip. You are going to want to dip your dippers into this dip and hoard this mess of a dip where it only belongs to you and just you. This is a totally addicting dip. I kid you not. Sometimes I fool myself  and serve it with lettuce whereupon it becomes a lettuce wrap and can be served for dinner. After all, dips just aren't for dipping anymore. You know that, right?


It seems we've made it through chili week on the Blogosphere.  Every other blog I've read is doing the chili. I guess I'm with the in crowd. Of course everyone who wasn't, seems to be doing dips. Ooo eee! I'm doing both, just to make it clear. Yes, that season of the year is upon us. The time of crock pots and chili and dips. Yeah, Some might say Super Bowl is finally here, but being the non football fanatic that I am, I scream "Football season is almost over!".


But being the dip I am, at least when it comes to football, you ought to know that I'm not a dip, when it comes to dips. I know a good dip when I see one and this dip is one of them. No sour cream or cream cheese, though it does have Thai ingredients and I love Thai food. You could also say that it has Vietnamese ingredients and I love Vietnamese. I guess it's kind of AC/DC. Just like the dip or lettuce wrap thing; what ever way floats your boat! You can serve it with rice crackers or veggies like carrots, cucumber rounds and roasted sweet potato slices. Of course, it also tastes great over rice or noodles. And I made scallion Chinese flat bread which made a great dipper. Remember, versatile is this dip's middle name!


I'm placing a bet that you are going to love this dip. I love artichoke dip and I love onion dip. But here and there it's nice to switch things up a bit. Go ahead. Don't be a dip. Just make this dip!




Thai Pork Dip
Yield: 4-8 servings depending on how big your dips are!
Total Time: About 20 minutes start to finish
Ingredients:
1 lb ground pork or turkey or chicken
1 T minced or crushed garlic
2 T finely chopped lemon grass or lemon grass in a tube 
1/2 can of coconut milk (If dip sits and becomes to thick, slowly stir in the other half)
2 T peanut butter
2 T fish sauce
2 T brown sugar
1 T Sriracha
1 T chopped cilantro

Garnish with chopped peanuts, some cilantro and some shredded coconut if you'd like.

Serve with rice crackers, dippers or in lettuce leaves.

In a skillet cook pork or turkey until brown. Stir in garlic and lemon grass and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in coconut milk, peanut butter, fish sauce, brown sugar, and Sriracha. Cook and stir until thickened over medium high heat about 5-10 minutes. Stir in cilantro before serving. Garnish and serve with your favorite dippers and sippers!


May the best team win! Go Broncos!




Other good football food:

Onion Dip
3 Ingredient Artichoke Dip
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
Tomatilla Salsa
Pico De Gallo
Smoked Trout Pate
Sloppy Jose
Real Potato Salad


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40 comments:

  1. That is one dipilicious dip ! I can see it being dipped into :D

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    1. I like that Ansh! Dipilicious! Great word!

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  2. Yup, we food bloggers are definitely calendar driven. And when the calendar says the Super Bowl cometh, then so do recipes for dips and chili. ;-) This is a particularly nice one -- loads of zing to it. Just the thing to help me get in touch with my inner dip! Fun post -- thanks.

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    1. So true, John! And this is a great dip. Take that inner dip and dip away!

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  3. I just want a nickel for every time you wrote dip. And, well, some of THIS dip. You dip good! :)

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    1. Thanks Barb!. I wish I could have a nickel, too!

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  4. That looks more like a spaghetti sauce to me...which means GOOD!
    Have a great day!
    Angie

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    1. Have to admit that it would be great over pasta! Thanks, Angie!

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  5. I'm going to start using the word dip when I'm leaving somewhere, "Gotta dip". I like how that sounds. This looks great, yum yum. Ok, dipping on out now!

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    1. Pamela-I likes that interpretation, too! Always have something to remember! And now-go dip!

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  6. so...pork dip? you just won super bowl food this year. i mean, the dudes will go WILD FOR SOMETHING CALLED PORK DIP. It sounds delicious, too: i can see this working disguised as lettuce wraps; i would totally eat it either way. :)

    oh! and there's one more way you can use dip: it's probably a derivation of dipping out of somewhere, but it's "doin' the dip." if you're "doin' the dip," it means that someone has spotted you in a place/situation you should not be, and you have also spotted them. instead of acting like a normal person and saying hello or acknowledging their presence, you get nervous and "do the dip," which means you act like you didn't see the person and try to get away undetected. "Doin' the dip," ladies and gentlemen. I learned that by watching Jersey Shore YES. I. DID.

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    1. So now I have to watch Jersey Shore? Wow! So many meanings for dip! Thanks for letting me know, Shannon. We are finally getting to the last season of Breaking Bad and now I have to buy it on Net Flicks to see it!

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  7. Coconut & Peanuts do go hand in hand, don't they? Would love to dig into the dip!

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    1. You are so right Shirley. I'll bet coconut and peanuts there are kind of like ketchup and mustard here!

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  8. Dip or no dip, this looks amazing!!!!!!!! What a great recipe, Abbe!

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  9. Abbe never had anything like this, but you got my curiosity going here, sounds really amazing!

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  10. Well Abbe you rule in the dip posts! It was super-dip-licious to read and probably even better to dip and eat. Love Thai and all those flavors. It is a must try (I would like the lettuce wrap) and absolutely go Broncos! I lived in Denver when John Elway first wore his orange crush uniform. And, I have been a fan of Peyton Manning since he work orange in Tennessee, when I lived there. Yeah!

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  11. Humorous write-up, Abbe! I sure learned something about the word "dip" today..lol ..The dip looks fantastic, by the way ♥ ^.^

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  12. Pork dip for the men? They will love it! Put it in a lettuce wrap and all the girls will be swooping over this dip. Great Thai flavours and that will go well here at my house.

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  13. Dip, dip or dip, this is lovely! You had me at peanut butter, sriracha, sugar, coconut milk......yummy!!

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    1. The above sound so good, don't they, Nazneen? It is a good change from a cheese or sour cream dip! Thanks!

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  14. A dip without cheese, that's so interesting Abbe! I would use it over pasta too, because I put everything on pasta, and this recipe would really work!

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    1. I'm a pasta nut, Paula. And you are right. I could eat most anything on pasta!

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  15. Your dip sounds terrific, Abbe! Go Broncos!!!

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    1. That's the spirit, Liz! I'm even wearing orange today!

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  16. Love the idea of serving this in lettuce wraps. Or with the flatbread. Yum!

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  17. What a delicious dip - wonderful ingredients - and such a healthy way of serving it:)
    Mary x

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  18. This looks fantastic! What a wonderful change of pace - and yes, perfect for the Super Bowl! I absolutely love the city of Seattle, but I've gotta cheer for Peyton on this one! Thanks for the awesome recipe! :D

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  19. This dip is so healthy and looks delicious :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  20. I will not be a dipshit and forget to make this dip. :)

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    1. Very clever, Maureen! Growing up, we kind of overused that word, did we not? Forgot about it!

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  21. What a very interesting recipe and it sounds delicious. And being from Denver, I really appreciate the comment above me. Go Broncos, we're crazed here in Denver. Pinning this one.

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  22. Good looking dip! Funny urban dictionary meaning!

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  23. This is good a zillion ways! Thanks, Laura!

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  24. sounds yummy and with all those ways to use it.. am going to have to give this a go.. thanks for sharing

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