“Iowa Dip”

August 14, 2016 at 10:45 pm Leave a comment

When our family moved away from the state of Iowa in 1985, we left behind one of the greatest foodstuffs of all time – Anderson Erickson Party Dip. Even the AE website proclaims: “AE Dips have been voted one of ‘the most missed products’ by Iowans who’ve moved away.” Absolute truth. Every family trip to Iowa means we’ll be leaving the state with a cooler full of the stuff, cases of it, packed on ice.

But crisis! Over the years since I had left my early childhood home, I developed a dairy allergy. The rare treat of sour-cream-based “Iowa Dip” (as it had come to be called in our household and surrounding community) came to an end for me.

One day a few years ago, I tasted a homemade vegan sour cream that gave me a very familiar feeling. I immediately asked for the recipe, and since then, I’ve been experimenting and mixing in a variety of herbs and spices in the hopes of finding my way back home.

Here’s the closest I’ve come to creating a vegan version of AE Party Dip. I’m 95% of the way there – even my nonvegan dad agrees. It tastes best after it has been allowed to rest overnight so the flavors can really blend well and the lemon becomes less overpowering.

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup oil (I often use sunflower oil or something similar)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 3/8 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  1. If you’d like, soak the cashews in the water for a couple of hours. Then blend cashews and water in a blender until smooth.
  2. Add the oil and lemon juice to the blender with the cashew mixture and blend again until smooth. Pour blender ingredients into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and parsley – do NOT put the herbs and spices in the blender.
  4. Refrigerate until the mixture becomes nice and thick.
  5. Find yourself some Sterzing’s potato chips and enjoy!
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Entry filed under: Dairy-Free, Gluten-free, North American, Substitutes, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wheat-free. Tags: .

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