Salami Chips with White Bean Dip

Salami chips with a white bean dip are a dangerously tempting thing. Crunchy meaty yummy. It’d be difficult to make them even better, but you can by serving them with a roasted garlic white bean dip. The creamy dip (almost like a hummus) compliments the salami perfectly. This makes for a great easy appetizer or snack for the big game.
Salami Chips with White Bean DipMost grocery stores sell a variety of different styles of salami. Grab a few different flavors and mix them up on the plate. Many salamis have a very thick casing, which not all people enjoy. You can remove it quite easily after slicing the salami thin.

Also try my smoked glazed salami.

Salami Chips with White Bean Dip

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Mike

Ingredients

For the white bean dip

  • 1 whole head of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 14 ounce can Great Northern white beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons warm water

For the salami chips

  • 4 ounces salami sliced thin

Instructions

For the white bean dip

  • Pre-heat oven to 375 F.
  • Cut top off the garlic and drizzle with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil.
  • Wrap in foil and place in oven for 40-45 minutes or until soft.
  • Remove and let cool slightly.
  • Squeeze garlic from the cloves and add to a food processor.
  • Add remaining ingredients and puree until smooth. Add more water if the mixture is too thick.
  • Serve with the salami chips.

For the salami chips

  • Place salami on a parchment-lined baking sheet or on a rack over a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-15 or until starting to crisp and curl at the edges.
  • Remove and let cool and crisp more.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Anita and I recently visited Scotty’s Brewhouse, in West Lafayette, Indiana. Before dinner we decided to try an appetizer, the 7 Tidals Buffalo chicken dip. One bite in and we both agreed that I had to make the same dip at home. My version is close, very close. And it’s crazy good. Not terribly hot or spicy, just right actually.
Buffalo Chicken DipTo match Scotty’s Buffalo chicken dip you’ll want to also add a few small crumbles of blue cheese to the cream cheese mixture. We found the dip to be fantastic without it. You can also substitute a blue cheese dressing for the Ranch for more blue cheese flavor. And for extra kick, add a few drops (ok, more than a few drops) of hot sauce to the Frank’s wing sauce.

Also try my Buffalo wing hummus.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Appetiser
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 -16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 very large breast or 2 medium
  • 1 12 ounce bottle Frank’s Hot Wing Sauce
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup Ranch dressing the better the dressing the better the dip will be
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup extra sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • Tortilla chips celery sticks, carrots, for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375.
  • Spray a 9" x 9" baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add the chicken and poach until cooked, 10-15 minutes depending on how thick the chicken is.
  • Remove and let cool slightly then shred with a fork.
  • Transfer chicken to a large bowl and add the entire bottle of wing sauce. Stir to combine well.
  • Pour the chicken into the baking dish and spread out evenly.
  • Add the cream cheese and Ranch dressing to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the cheese is melted, then whisk until smooth.
  • Pour the cheese mixture over the chicken and spread out evenly.
  • Sprinkle top with the celery.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Sprinkle top with cheese and bake another 10 minutes until hot and bubbly.
  • Remove and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Smoked Onion Dip

Wow. I’ve always been a fan of Vidalia onions. I load up on them while they are available (for a short time) here in Indiana. I often grill them, but smoking them was a bit new to me. It’s certainly easy to do. Just cut them in half and toss them on the smoker for an hour or so until they’re as smoky as you want them. Done.

This recipe takes those wonderful smoked sweet onions and makes them into a fantastic dip. A bit of smoky flavor, a little onion bite, and lots of creamy goodness. It’s a thicker dip, so don’t reach for some wimpy thin chips that aren’t going to handle the load. I used bagel chips. The combination was perfect.

Smoked Onion DipI smoked the onions on my Weber Smokey Mountain smoker since I already had it going, cooking some pork belly for bacon. The onions only take a little while to cook, freeing up the smoker for other good things.

Smoked OnionsThis recipe comes from The Elk, a bar/restaurant in Spokane, Washington. The original version is used as a dipping sauce for chicken. I decided to use it as a chip dip. And what goes great with smoked onion dip? Yep, you guess it. Smoked potato chips.

Smoked Onion Dip

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 -20 servings

Ingredients

  • 4-5 Vidalia onions halved (you'll need 4 cups of smoked onion in the end)
  • 4 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning

Instructions

  • Place onion halves on a smoker and smoke at 225 F for 1-2 hours or until the desired smokiness is achieved (Just cut a piece off and try it. It's delicious!)
  • Let onions cool then chop roughly and place into a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
  • In a large bowl combine the pureed onions and the remaining ingredients, adding more salt if desired.