Are There Drugs In Crack Dip?
Am I talking about crack the drug? Maybe. But, before I answer that query, let me tell you a little bit more about the reason behind this Crack Dip post!
So, soon after I post this post, I’ll have another post up entitled “Top 3 Low-Effort, Barbecue Appetizer Dips”. And, in that post I list, well, my current top three appetizer dips for barbecues believe it or not.
And, when brainstorming for this post, I realize that in my post (Spicy) Chipotle Lime Mayo Recipe, that I provide a high quality, luscious dipping sauce that absolutely kills your calories. It’s about 100 calories for a tablespoon serving!
Besides, not to mention that some people just really don’t enjoy the fatty, creamy texture of mayonnaise at all! I know, I used to be one of them.
Therefore, circling back, I want to continue on my chipotle pepper kick, but also provide something without than the calorie buster that is mayonnaise. So, I revert now to what my good friend from just outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma and her family call crack dip
Why I Created Healthy, Chipotle Flavored Crack Dip
At first, I was perfectly okay with eating my Spicy Chipotle Mayo Dip. However, since it was so good, I found myself eating literally all of it in one or two goes!
And, for those of you who absolutely crush salty, savory, and fatty foods like it’s your job like I do, eating so much food can leave one feeling guilty.
Therefore, I had resolved to challenge myself. So, moving forward to the day of creation, I want a new dip with the following stipulations:
- The dip has to have the same flavorful essence as the mayo dip
- I want it to go well with a classic potato chip
- The dip has to have good mouthfeel
Lastly on this point, because I was experimenting with dieting at the time I created this recipe, I also want this recipe to be friendly to a ketogenic diet.
Therefore, this recipe is 100% keto friendly and I highly recommend you make it if you are on a keto diet!
What does flavorful essence mean, you ask? Well, I define it as the distinct aromas (olfactory awareness) that one can sense along with the same flavor profile.
Principally, think along the lines of how when you eat a McDonald’s Chicken Nugget, how it fills your nose and mouth with a specific je ne sais quoi that you can immediately identify that you can not get anywhere else.
Furthermore, my strategy for this particular constraint was to start with the same recipe, and alter it as necessary.
Classic Potato Chip
Plain and simple, the best chip to dip with, in my opinion, is the Lays Original Wavy. After all, who doesn’t love a delicious, sturdy, ridge-filled, salted dip transference vehicle?
Wow, that was a mouthful! But, in truth I believe that the combination of cool crack dip and a salty chip is the ideal combination, and should be used as the benchmark for all common dips.
After all, chips and dip is supposed to be simple and easy, an afterthought. Just buy your groceries and go, don’t worry about. So, keep the chip simple is my benchmark.
Mouthfeel? Are You Hitting On Me?
Firstly, I have to admit that the term “mouthfeel” makes me uncomfortable. However, I think that it is the accurate way to describe many foods, especially this one!
What’s more, the reason I say this dip needs this requirement is that it is tough to recreate the mouthfeel of mayonnaise. And, the fattiness adds a structure that not many other foods have for less calories.
But, no. I am not hitting on you, unless you want me to, that is ;).
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Hot Tips For A Hot Dip
Although I am aware that this recipe is lacking in the robust calorie department, I can truly say that I enjoyed the flavor palette in this sauce. Plus, if you follow this next tip, I know how to make the flavors even better than the original recipe below!
First, chefs refer to fats in many dishes as the compound that carries the dish. In fact, Samin Nosrat, author of the book Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking states, in an interview with Kashmira Gander for The Independent, a news outlet based in the United Kingdom, “Use salt to enhance, fat to carry and acid to balance flavour”.
For those interested, you can read the whole interview on The Independent here.
Moving on, by using Nosrat’s words, we want something that adds carry, whatever that means.
For instance, what I take carry to mean in this context is similar to what I believe those in the wine world refer to as earthiness. Personally, what earthiness means in the context of wine in my absolutely amateur understanding of the culture, are deeply structural notes to the wine.
So What Does That Have To Do With Crack Dip?
In fact, the website Wine Frog in this article about earthiness, “‘Earthy’ is a term used to describe an aroma or flavor of a wine that is reminiscent of earthy characteristics. Moreover it is the opposite of a ‘fruity’ wine.”
Therefore, to bring this analogy to a head, I believe that this dip lacks structural body. In my opinion, fats are like earthy tones in wines. To continue, fats counteract the sharp notes of on-the-tongue flavors, but in a complementary way. Much like how a photograph needs shadows and darkness in order to emphasize the light.
Moreover, on this same concept, famous French composer Claude Debussy is credited with saying,”Music is the space between the notes”. Which, like the concept of darkness in photos, highlights the importance of lowlights.
Summarily, I believe the reason this dip hits the tongue different than my Spicy Chipotle Lime Mayo Recipe is simply because there is no carry between the notes of flavor and the acids. Notably, there is no balance in this dish!
How To Add Back Balance
How, then, to add balance? Is there a chosen one, an Anakin Skywalker of fats that can help us retain our calorie count, yet enhance the dullness between the notes?
To that end, I believe the answer is yes. Although there aren’t many straight cut answers, I have compiled a couple of my favorite choices for substituting mayonnaise for another ingredient in this recipe!
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- Olive Oil
- Less Mayonnaise (shady, I know)
Essentially, an avocado has a little more than half the calories for on tablespoon of quantity that mayonnaise has. Therefore, simply use 8 tablespoon of avocado and this recipe will come out far better, and still only a whopping 55 calories per Tbsp serving!
Okay, so you’ll want to take your avocado, and ideally you have a blender and a food scale handy. If you do, go ahead and weigh out 12.5 grams of avocado per tablespoon (8), equaling out to 100 grams even of avocado! Then, blend it until creamy, but not soupy, and set it to the side to add to your mixture later.
Although, if you don’t have a blender or a scale, simply take 4/5 of your avocado, dice it into tiny chunks as small as you can get them. Then, scrape your knife low across the avocado and press down to mush the avocado into a paste. Also, if you are having trouble visualizing this, watch this video to learn what I’m saying:
2. Olive Oil
Moving on, the next fat I want to draw to you attention is none other than tried and true olive oil. Plus, just so you know, I’ve never experienced any issues with higher or lower qualities of olive oil in this process.
Moreover, for this part the only thing you need to keep in mind is measurement of the liquid and the calories in your brand of choice. Just know that I am using the measurement of 119 calories per Tablespoon for my recipe.
And, since this liquid is fairly straightforward, I will tell you that I recommend you use 2 and a half Tablespoons of olive oil in this recipe. Consequently, that should equal out to about 67 calories per 1 Tablespoon serving, which is about 28% less calories than the Spicy Chipotle Lime Mayo Recipe!
3. Less Mayonnaise?
Whoa whoa whoa, before you get all up in arms thinking this is some cheesy cop out, just hear me out!
First, you’ll want to know that the reason I say to use mayonnaise here instead of, say, coconut oil or hummus (yes, I actually came across this in my research!), is because it simply works so damn well in this crack dip!
Next, and I believe it is Einstein who is paraphrased as saying, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler”. And this phrase accurately depicts my sentiment towards mayonnaise in this dish. Simply, that it works!
Plus, to digress, as I am wont to do, it is scientific principle that simple solutions tend to be the correct one. For example, consider the principle of Occam’s Razor, said to have been developed by William of Occam, also known as the Law of Parsimony.
The law states that, “simpler solutions are more likely to be correct than complex ones”. Which, in this case, I hold to be self-evident!
However, don’t simply take my word for it! Take your 8 Tablespoons of sour cream, and then add in 3 Tablespoon of your 94 calories per Tbsp mayonnaise!
In closure, I’m sure I’ve raised quite a few questions, so please feel free to drop me a line at my email [email protected]
Furthermore, I really do hope that you appreciate and take ownership over the tools that I’ve provided here for you to experiment with on your own crack dip! Also, I find that my most joyful moments in the kitchen are when creativity and inspiration combine to make something utterly gushing with flavor.
After all, the purpose for this blog isn’t for me to sit here and lecture you on the finer points of cooking. I’m just a 24, almost 25 (wow!), year old man living in the mid south who wants to spread the love and joy he has found in cooking delicious meals.
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Healthiest Chipotle Crack Dip Recipe
- 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
- 1 Tbsp Water Optional to cut the sour cream's flavor
- 2 Tsp Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
- 1/8 Tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/2 Tsp Chili Powder Use 1 Tsp for added heat
- 1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1/4 Tsp Chipotle Chili Powder
- First, take your sour cream and, using a 1/2 cup measuring cup, scoop in 1/2 Cup mayonnaise into your mixing bowl. Then, add in your water.
- Next, using either a measuring cup or by just eyeballing it, squeeze in your 2 Tsp of lime juice.
- Lastly, you may now add in your chipotle chili powder, your salt, your smoked paprika, and your chili powder. Mix all of the ingredients to combine.
- Taste your mixture before deciding to add more salt to it. Additionally, you have the option to add in 1 Tbsp of water in order to cut the flavor of the sour cream. Once you are satisfied, then serve to your guests!