Monday, March 21, 2011

Guy Party Recipes

It’s no secret that I love dips {insert obligatory husband joke here}, so I was all over the opportunity to prepare the dips for our Guy Party.

To keep things simple while adding variety, Kim and I decided to provide a selection of mustards to use as dips for soft pretzels and also as spreads for the pretzel sandwiches.  Additionally, we made up a couple of salsas for chip dipping and some awesome seasoned popcorn.

It only takes a few simple ingredients to make some tasty mustard dips, and you probably already have most of them in your fridge & pantry.  I used this horseradish mustard recipe which was so fantastic my husband has requested a second batch, and a beer mustard recipe which received only mediocre reviews so I won't post the link (just keeping it real, yo). 

I enlisted my brother to help me use ingredients I had on hand to whip up the following mustards.  The honey mustard is a basic recipe if you like a sweet mustard, and the creole mustard was hands-down mine and Kim’s favorite.

Uncle Rod’s Super Simple Honey Mustard Dip

3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 dash white pepper (add more to taste)

Whisk all ingredients together.  Chill in refrigerator before serving. (Overnight is best.)

Easy Creole Mustard Dip

3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
1 tablespoon prepared spicy brown mustard
1 teaspoon creole seasoning mix (I used Tony Chachere’s)
1 generous dash pepper
1 splash lemon juice

Whisk all ingredients together.  Chill in refrigerator before serving.  (Overnight is best.)


This is a basic fresh salsa that can be prepared in a jiffy, and it’s great if you need a side dish to take to a bar-b-q or picnic.  I promise there won’t be any leftovers.

Fresh Orange Salsa

3 roma tomatoes (seeds and innards removed)
1/2 red onion
1 small bunch cilantro (I totally eyeball this)
Juice from 1/2 medium or large orange (add more to taste)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Dice tomatoes, onion, and cilantro.  Add sugar and salt, and toss all ingredients with orange juice.  Chill before serving.


This popcorn seasoning is so flavorful and scrumptious, the possibilities for using it are endless.  It has a nice smoky bar-b-q flavor and the slightest hint of sweet.

Tim’s Popcorn Seasoning

This will make a lot of seasoning, but don't worry it's good on lots of stuff besides popcorn.  We also love homemade french fries with this seasoning mix.

1/2 c. paprika
1/2 c. chili powder
2 tbs onion powder
1 tbs garlic powder
2 tbs mustard powder
3 tsp salt
3 tsp black pepper
1/2 c. sugar (we like to use stevia or Splenda instead, just use a little since it's sweeter)

Mix together and keep in an airtight container.  We use spray butter or margarine on air popped corn first, and then sprinkle on the seasoning.