Friday, September 27, 2013

Creamy Southwest Dipping Sauce

This Creamy Southwest Dipping Sauce combines mayo, roasted red peppers, honey, and seasonings in a delicious sauce that is perfect for french fries, chicken tenders, crab cakes, or your favorite appetizers!

For ten years of my life I was a strict vegetarian. And then I wasn't. Just like that. It was a pretty sudden decision on both ends - first, the decision to stop eating meat and then, the decision to start again. As a vegetarian, I never really missed meat. And as a non-vegetarian, I never really miss NOT eating meat. Although I still can't bring myself to eat pork or beef, I now enjoy chicken and seafood just as much as the next person. Especially when there's sauce involved!

Vegetarian or not, I have ALWAYS been a sauce lover. I love dumping it on things, drizzling it on things, and dipping things into it. And I love all different types of it! Soy sauce, barbecue sauce, ketchup, honey mustard, ranch dressing, flavored mayo......especially flavored mayo......and especially with sweet potato fries! Back in June, just before Father's Day, I posted a bunch of easy flavored mayo recipes. And then my mom went to a restaurant and tried "the best dipping sauce ever" and thought of me. And, because she's so great, she asked her server for the list of ingredients and gave them to me so I could attempt to re-create it!

So....without any proportions....I did my best. And this is what I came up with! A creamy, delicious, dip-worthy sauce that is excellent with sweet potato fries (which is all that really matters to me :) It has a mild red pepper flavor, a touch of sweetness, a bit of spice, and an addictive quality that I'm not quite sure I've ever experienced before. Let's put it this way - the night I made it, I sat down with the rest of the sweet potato fries, dunked them all generously, and finished them. All. After I had already eaten dinner. Which is really not like me.....but then again, eating meat was really not like me, either....and I seem to have no problem with that!

Creamy Southwest Dipping Sauce
1 c. mayonnaise
1/3 c. roasted red pepper, chopped
4 tsp. Southwest seasoning
2 tsp. honey
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. honey mustard

1. Combine all ingredients in small food processor and blend until smooth.
2. Serve with your favorite snacks or appetizers


If you like this recipe, be sure to check out these other delicious dips and sauces!

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  1. That is definitely my kind of dipping sauce! Love all the flavors :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  2. Sweet potato fries - YUMMY!

    Sweet potato fries with this dipping sauce - SO YUMMY you'll want to finish them all.

    Just ask Cathy. ☺

  3. This sounds delicious! I am all about the sauces. I would love for you to share this at the what i am eating link up

  4. This is my kind of sauce! I'm with you - I don't do beef or pork but enjoy chicken once and a while - and this sauce with SWEET POTATO FRIES?! Yes PLEASE!

  5. this sounds just delicious!!!

    Also, I nominated you for the sunshine award at my running blog and I hope you will come play along!

  6. This may be the only way I can eat sweet potatoes!! That sauce is outstanding Cathy!

  7. this sure does look good... i'm a dipper, too! can't wait to try it!!! thanks, cathy :)

  8. I'm the same way, I LOVE dips! I feel like every other recipe on my blog is a dip, ha! I can't wait to try this one!

  9. Your vegetarian story sounds a lot like mine. I was for many years and then I just wasn't. It was not really gradual either way. Now on to the sauce...yummy!

  10. I think I'd even eat all the sweet potato fries with this sauce! YUMMY!


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