The Super Bowl generally brings to mind such foods as chicken wings, nachos and beer. As an indifferent football fan (go NY!) but avid food fan, I love the Super Bowl! Anticipating heavy foods I decided to serve some fruit instead of the usual carrots and celery. Apples are in season right now, but a bowl of sliced apples isn’t very appealing.
After failing to find a fruit dip that satisfied me, I resolved to create my own from scratch. I used a few simple ingredients to creat a delicious creamy dip to complement the apples without being too heavy.
But being the Peanut Butter Boy isn’t easy. My brain is continuously concocting peanut butter recipes and generating new uses for the tan-colored gold. I was content with my fruit dip for apples sweetened by strawberry jelly and headed towards the fridge when my right-brain gently shouted 2 words to the left half: peanut butter. I rushed inside to ask E (Elisabeth) if I should add peanut butter to the dip, but she was a bit wary. I had high hopes and Mr. Peanut running through my head so I split the dip in half and created two, one with and one without. I equated the peanut butter version to the Giants and the regular version to the Patriots. Can you guess who won?
1 (8oz) container fat-free cream cheese, whipped
1 (6oz) container light vanilla yogurt
1/4 – 1/3 cup reduced-sugar strawberry preserves, or to taste (Trader Joe’s)
1/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter w/ salt (technically optional)
2 green apples, sliced thin
2 crisp red apples, sliced thin (pink lady or honeycrisp)
1. Combine the first 3 ingredients into a medium bowl and stir until mixed. If there are a lot of chunks from the preserves, puree in a blender until smooth, if desired.
2. Sit down, close your eyes and meditate. Picture a bowl of dip in front of you and a juicy apple slice in your hand. “See” your hand dipping the apple slice into the dip, twisting your wrist to scoop it up and transporting the apple to your mouth. “Taste” the sweet crisp apple crunching between your teeth, a strawberry flavor and creamy texture simultaneously hitting your taste buds. Do you now desire a salty peanut presence upon each bite? If yes, proceed to step 3. Do you desire the peanut butter essence half the time? If so, split the dip in two and proceed to step 3, using only 2T peanut butter. If you find yourself not craving the peanut butter at all then what are you doing here?
3. You’ve made the right choice. Stir in the peanut butter until well combined. Refrigerate dip(s) and apples until chilled.
In the end, the peanut butter flavor was victorious: the bowl was super clean and the last spoonful of dignity (original dip) headed to the locker room (fridge).
As my buddy put it (in reference to the peanut butter dip): “I want a whole tub of this stuff!”