Here in Savannah, we enjoy warm, sunny days almost all year-round, but come summertime, it gets so hot that we take advantage of any available place to jump in the water or at least enjoy a cool breeze! And what better way to accompany a day of waterside fun than easy, finger-food snacks with dips! Whether you’re spending the day at the beach, looking for a hearty classic to bring to a picnic at someone’s house, or throwing a pool party, we’ve got the perfect suggestion for every occasion…
Bring to the Beach - Lighter Dips to Bring to a Picnic
Black-Eyed Pea Dip Ring in the summer with this colorful dip filled with vegetables like bell peppers, jalapenos, pimentos, corn, and black-eyed peas, tossed with a tangy dressing, and chilled for a while so its flavors marinate – a lean and enticing option that holds up at room temperature.
Lightening Fast White Bean Dip Get some pita and some carrot sticks, and impress fellow beach revelers with a satisfying high-protein, low-fat dip, thrown together in the food processor with white kidney beans, lemon, and spices.
Avocado Dip Go simple and healthy our avocado dip, with cilantro and lots of lime juice to keep it refreshing and brightly colored.
Veggie Crudites with Light DipThe Roquefort cheese in this light dip will make you forget you’ve used light cream ingredients.
Pool Party Hits - Bite-sized items best served right off the grill (or out of the fryer), for when you are hosting or can cook on the spot.
Grilled Artichokes with Bacon and Rosemary DipMake this delicious bacon-rosemary dip in advance, chill it, and serve with grilled artichokes halves and lemon, so refreshing – and tasty.
Chicken Satay with Peanut Butter BBQ Sauce Marinate the chicken ahead of time in peanut butter barbeque sauce, enhance the remaining marinade with extra peanut butter, and savor these grilled skewers.
Southern Fried Oysters Welcome a Savannah favorite into your life: freshly shucked oysters battered with hot sauce, breaded, fried, and served with a mixture of Paula’s Vidalia Onion Peach Grilling Marinade and sour cream. Yum!
Fried Green Tomatoes with Vidalia Onion Relish For another Savannah (and Southern) favorite, whip up this zesty dip of diced Vidalia onions and brown sugar a few hours ahead, and serve with fried green tomatoes.
Jalapeno Bottle Caps with Blue Cheese Dip These beer-battered poppers and zesty blue cheese dip will keep any spice-lover coming back for more.
Take and Bake - No-fuss snacks to bring to someone’s house to throw in the oven when convenient.
Italian Chicken Sticks Coat chicken with melted butter and seasoned breadcrumbs, bake them off, and serve them with marinara or honey mustard sauce for a low-maintenance snack to please everyone.
Oven Fried Potato Wedges You pick your favorite dips and sauces to accompany these baked fries, tossed in cornbread dressing mix for a healthier “fry” with an extra-crispy punch.
Sausage Balls Meat lovers will be singing your praises for these fun, bite-sized sausage and cheddar balls baked and served with mustard-mayo dip.
Savannah Hot Crab Dip A larger Savannah-style dish for a hungry crowd; garlicky, jack-cheese filled, flavor-packed crab dip you can make in no time.
Remember to bring a cooler or ice and find a shady spot for your food if you will be out in the sun for a while, make sure you have your favorite crackers, toast points, assorted vegetables, or chips, and have fun!
Dear, Paula Deen
Well I think you are the most amazing person, you are my role model if they took you off from the set I would of died inside your the best cook and I can't waite to see you again
Alexis Conner in Summer Salad Days on December 04, 2013 at 4:59 pm
Paula, I used to watch your show on Food Network a lot when I still had the TV and cable many year ago. You weren't even that big a star back then. I always love watching you cook on Youtube after I ditched my TV and cable and read your recipes on Food Network Magazines. I hope one day you can return to Food Network and the Food Network Magazine. I stop buying the magazine since you were gone.
Orindary Jane in Love at Last on December 04, 2013 at 2:32 am
Great blog Cindy!!!! I always enjoy reading your post. This Thanksgiving centerpiece is absolutely beautiful and so easy to make.
Ann in A Perfectly Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece on December 03, 2013 at 8:10 pm
Paula, made your Zucchini Custard Casserole for Thanksgiving and it was Fantastic!!! Thank you so much! Love you & your family. Happy holidays!
Pat Walker in Love at Last on December 02, 2013 at 8:45 pm