Saturday, April 19, 2014

Vampire Garlic Dip and a Giveaway

Vampire Garlic Dip Recipe via Kudos Kitchen By Renee

My name is Reneé, and I'm a garlic-o-holic! But I swear, I have it under control. As long as can have garlic at least 5-6 times a week my addiction stays in check, and I'm not a danger to myself or anyone else, unless, of course, I breathe on you! LOL  If you're a garlic addict, like me, then you simply MUST make this Vampire Garlic Dip! It's incredible and a super fantastic way to celebrate today, April 19th, being National Garlic Day!!!!

With only a very few ingredients, this dip comes together in a flash and is ready to serve in minutes. However, I'd like to suggest that you allow the flavors to marry in the fridge for several hours for the full garlic effect. I promise if you're a garlic lover you will NOT be disappointed, and you won't be able to stop after just one bite (vampire humor)!

Vampire Garlic Dip Recipe via Kudos Kitchen By Renee

VAMPIRE GARLIC DIP     {PRINT THIS RECIPE}
Yield: 2 cups  

2 heads garlic
1 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 stick butter softened to room temperature (I use salted)
1 block (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
hot sauce to taste (optional)

-Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
-Cut the tops off 2 heads of garlic and wrap the base in a piece of aluminum foil along with a little drizzle of olive oil.
-Place the garlic packets in a preheated oven and roast for approximately 30-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
-In a large bowl with an electric mixer, or in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, cream cheese, roasted garlic, thyme, black pepper and hot sauce to taste, until smooth and creamy. *Note - to easily remove the roasted garlic from the skins, gently squeeze the entire bulb until the garlic cloves squeeze out.
-Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and serve immediately, or for more intense garlic flavor, cover and refrigerate for several hours.
-This dip is best served at room temperature so if refrigerating, take it out at least 30 minutes before serving.
-Serve with crackers, assorted vegetables, pretzels, or on a spoon all by itself. LOL

Vampire Garlic Dip Recipe via Kudos Kitchen By Renee

This dip would also make a terrific topping for baked potatoes or added into your favorite mashed potatoes! But don't stop there...what about a slathering a bit onto some cooked veggies right before serving? Or spread some onto a nice loaf of Italian bread before broiling to make some of the best garlic bread you've ever eaten! Seriously? This recipe is so versatile that you'll be thinking of 101 different ways you can use Vampire Garlic Dip that I trust it will become an item you make on a regular basis to have on hand in your kitchen to quench all of those "gotta-have-it" garlic cravings!

I hope I've left you hungry for more garlic inspired recipes because there are 14 other food bloggers joining me to celebrate National Garlic Day, and their tempting and fragrant recipes are up next, along with a fabulous giveaway prize package you won't want to miss out on, including a Garlic Lovers Cookbook, an OXO Good Grips Garlic Press and a fabulous Terra Cotta Garlic Roaster...just to name a few. Instructions on how to enter the giveaway are coming up after the recipes, so please don't miss it!

Giveaway
In honor of National Garlic Day and our love of the stinking rose, we are giving away a Garlic Lovers Prize Pack (valued at over $100) that includes:

  1. The Garlic Farmers' Cookbook


  2. One-year membership to the Garlic Seed Foundation


  3. 5 Garlic Button Covers


  4. OXO Good Grips Garlic Press 


  5. The Ultimate Garlic Peeler


  6. Tumbleweed Pottery Garlic Clove Canister Keeper with Vented Lid


  7. Terra Cotta Garlic Roaster


  8. 2 Bulbs of Whole Black Garlic


  9. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post (mandatory) answering this question: What is your favorite GARLICKY dish (or one that you'd love to try)?


    After you've answered the question for entry into this contest, be sure to record that you did so inthe rafflecopter widget below; doing so will unlock many more optional ways to earn entries.

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    This giveaway is open to residents of the Continental USA. Entries will be accepted through 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, April 24, 2014. All entries will be verified. A winner will be chosen from qualifying entries via random draw, and notified via email within 48 hours of the close of this contest. The winner will have 24 hours from the time the email is sent to respond with their complete name and mailing address (no P.O. Boxes). If no response is received within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

    This giveaway is sponsored by Food Lust People Love and girlichef. Prizes may vary slightly from images shown and are subject to replacement with comparable items if ones pictured are no longer available at the close of this contest. Items may be shipped separately.

    I'm thrilled to be linking up this post to Say G'Day Link Up Party! Thanks for inviting me to the party!

    Thanks for spending time with me in my Kudos Kitchen!
    Until we eat again,




    27 comments:

    1. A great start to a garlic lovers dream dinner!

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      1. Thanks Cindy! I love the idea of a garlic lovers dream dinner. Sounds like a fun theme night!

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    2. This is dipping perfection, Renee! I'm making up a batch for movie night tonight. YUM!

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      1. Thanks Becca. Trust me when I tell you that you won't be able to stop eating it. Save room. LOL

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    3. I would dip absolutely ANYTHING I could lay hands on in this amazing garlicky dip, Renee! It sounds so darn good.

      p.s... I'll see you at the next garlic-a-holics anonymous meeting.

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      1. I think we may need a 12 step program. Wait. Never mind ;)

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    4. i love making extra garlicy mashed potatoes

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    5. Mmm ... this sounds so good! I put garlic in everything!

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    6. Garlic is always in my house too! This dip sounds simply amazing. A definite must try =)

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      1. Thanks Karen. I do hope you'll try it. It's addicting though. Watch out :)

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    7. Reneé! I am in love and this dip is the reason. For crackers, for bread, on top of a baked potato! Oh, my double goodness! I cannot wait to try this recipe! So glad you could join us for National Garlic Day!

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      1. It was my pleasure, Stacy. Thanks so much for organizing such a tasty occasion :)

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    8. My name is Bea and I am also addicted to garlic ;)

      I not only love the name of your dip {my 8 year old will go crazy for it} but the entire dip sounds just amazing. I cannot wait to give it a try with my usual adaptions ;)

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      1. I'd love to hear what you do with this recipe, Bea! I just know you'll make some wonderful adaptations!

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    9. I love the fact that this is so versatile.

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      1. You can't beat a recipe that can go in so many different directions ;)

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    10. I love garlic and chicken fettucine.

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    11. HI Renee, nice to know there are others like me out there, love garlic in mash potatoes, smashed with salt, on sourdough and in most every savory type of dish. Nice site!

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    12. Roasted Garlic Sourdough Bread - I love the roasted garlic cloves throughout the bread

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    13. We love garlic here - extra garlicky bread and dips are a favorite.

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    14. Love that you called this vampire garlic dip. I almost named my recipe vampire pasta or something like that. Love the garlic!

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    15. Pickled Garlic, an old Sicilian introduced me to pickled garlic 20 years ago and that has lead to a long love affair with garlic ,pickled , roasted ,or mashed into a spread on crusty bread it is the cooks best friend.

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    16. I love cheese and garlic sandwiches with a tomato on top, or shredded garlic beets with a bit of mayo.

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    Thanks for taking the time to visit me in my Kudos Kitchen. Your readership means a great deal to me. I hope that you'll never leave here hungry, and that you'll come back looking for seconds, and maybe even thirds :)
    Take care and have a lovely day!
    Renee

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