Leprechaun Trees and Pot of Gold Dip|
OK, so Leprechaun trees might just be a cute way to describe broccoli, but this whimsical touch has worked on many a stubborn toddler. And broccoli-hating adult as well! Lightly steamed or boiled broccoli florets are more tender for children to nosh on, and my favorite method is to simply pour boiling water over them after I have washed them while they are still in the colander, but you can also use raw broccoli if you prefer. Make sure to cool or even chill the broccoli before serving. In a pinch you can tint any favorite vegetable dip yellow, and be creative with other vegetables and dippers like lucky golden coins (sliced carrots or golden zucchini or even potato chips), Leprechaun canes (pretzel sticks), or shamrocks (vegetables like green bell peppers and zucchini cut into shamrock shapes).
4 cups broccoli florets
1 16-ounce container regular, light, or fat free sour cream
1 1-ounce or 1.5-ounce package dry ranch flavored salad dressing/dip mix
Several drops yellow food coloring
1 1/2 cups shredded yellow cheddar cheese
Quickly dip or pour boiling water over the broccoli florets to very gently blanch them. Alternately, you can steam them for 1-2 minutes. Prepare the Pot of Gold Dip by mixing together the sour cream and ranch dip until well blended. Add the yellow food coloring until it is a golden yellow color and then fold in the cheddar cheese. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 48 hours.
Makes 8 servings.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes