I, for one, really cannot believe that MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND is already upon us. How could this be?? Wasn’t it just yesterday in the cold dead of winter when I was wrapped up in three blankets on my couch stuffing my face with english muffins smothered in butter like bathing suit season was light-years away? Well folks, summer has arrived… and you know what that means… it’s time to dust off the ol’ bikini, toss it in the garbage can, go buy a one-piece, and head to the weekend COOKOUTS!
So if you are extremely popular and invited to hoards of cookouts every weekend over the summer (I’m not, but I could imagine what it would be like if I was)… look no further for the fastest, easiest, and most well received dip/app you can bring to any event. Do not be fooled by the simplicity of this recipe. I have made it on multiple occasions and it never fails to get a lot of attention. In fact, the first time I tried it I distinctly remember harassing (“I LOVE THIS DIP! GIVE ME THE RECIPE! Will you be my friend!?”) the poor girl who made it until she finally gave up the recipe… Actually, it probably took her all of 30 seconds to give up the recipe, after that I’m sure our relationship consisted of me following her around gabbing about garlic with her dip and a loaf of bread in my arms.
ANYWAY, I am now dying to try this dip in different forms… like putting it in a blender with some cream cheese to make it a creamy dip, or tossing pasta and summer veggies with it for pasta salad, or my boyfriend’s mother, Rebecca, suggested mixing it with hummus or chickpeas for a dip or spread. The possibilities are endless, but here, I give you the Pepperoncini Dip in its simplest form. Spend the 5 minutes it takes to make it and grab a fresh loaf of crusty bread (as well as some mints or gum because this stuff is POTENT) on your way to that Memorial Day cookout and you are in business. Happy Summer!
1 jar pepperoncini peppers, chopped into small pieces
2 cloves of garlic paste (See how to make garlic paste on your cutting board here!)
1 to 1 1/2 cups olive oil
pinch of sea salt (optional)
1. In a dip/serving bowl, combine all of the above. Serve with some fresh bread. That’s it.