Lately I’ve been having a craving for some finger foods!! And dipping and dunking foods are always my favorite! There’s nothing like having fun while eating something delicious, right?!
Well, one of my Go-To fun foods is steamed artichokes and different dipping sauces! YUM! And since I’m a fan of variety, I figured sweet potato fries would be perfect for dipping too! So here are instructions showing you how to steam artichoke, bake some sweet potato “chips’” and also the recipes for 2 different fun and tasty dips to go with!! ENJOY, My Friends!!
Let’s start with steaming artichokes!
The easiest way to steam anything if you don’t have a steamer or rice cooker or anything fancy like that, is to grab a large pot, the lid, and a colander!
All you need to do is put a few inches of water in the bottom of the pot (say 3-4 inches), place the strainer on top the pot, and the lid on top the colander. And there ya go! Perfect steaming contraption! I just place the artichokes face down, set the stove on medium high, and let them steam with the lid on for 30 to 45 minutes. Just keep checking to see if the artichokes are cooked by trying to pull one of the leaves off the artichoke, and if it comes of with little effort, its ready to eat! Easy Easy!
To make the sweet potato chips (or fries!) I slice the washed sweet potato in round, thin, chip like shapes, or in skinny, long fry like shapes. All you need is a sharp knife. I like to leave the skin on because I like the texture, and its easier than to mess with peeling the sweet potatoes. This time I used a mandolin slicer, but I usually just use my knife.
Next, all you do is spread some olive oil on the bottom of a cooking sheet, place the potato pieces on top, and drizzle a bit more olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper, and mix everything thing up until the slices are nicely coated. I use my hands because its simple and I’m a big fan of messy cooking!
Last step is to bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes. I like mine nice and crispy, so I leave it in close to the whole 45 minutes.
Next is the DIPS!! YAY!!
I have 2 dips that I’m a fan of. Both are vegan. One is healthy!! And the other… not so much!! And its funny because everyone that tries them both really enjoy the healthy one the most!! SCORE!!! But, like I said, variety is fun, so I’ll give you both!
1/2 cup Vegan Mayo
1 tbsp. Dijon Mustard
2 tsp. Sriracha (or any hot sauce)
1 small juiced lime (or lemon)
1/2 tbsp. curry powder
THAT’S IT!! Just mix and serve!
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp Herbes De Provence (or Italian seasoning)
1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. salt
squirt or 2 Sriracha (or any hot sauce), to taste
-Sautee garlic in a sauce pan with a tiny bit of water, until browned.
-Add in the remaining ingredients
-Bring mixture to a boil, stirring often
-Let simmer for a few minutes to allow the mixture to thicken (you’ll know when to stop cooking when the mixture has reached a consistency that sticks to the spoon)
(Check out my super kick-ass shirt! I’m so stylin’ when I’m cooking! )
That’s it!!! This is so easy to make and so yummy! Just serve the dips in cute little bowls and go to town! I make it to snack on during movies, football games, or as a dinner itself. It’s always fun!
Check out this craziness below, that I feasted on one Girls Night not that long ago!
NOM! NOM! NOM!
Can’t go wrong with finger foods and great friends! Enjoy your evening!!! Hopefully you’re grubbing down on this deliciousness!