It's party time! If you have a reason for a dip this Christmas season, this is the one! These are a few of our favorite things... Smoked Cream Cheese, Eggnog, and Crumbled Ginger Snaps combine to make this one simple and incredible. This dip is easy to make and it's another one of Chef Tom's creative uses of cold smoked cream cheese using the YS640S. You can bring it along to any holiday gathering or just have it out at home with some cookies and we're sure everyone is going to love it! Speaking of cookies, leave this out for Santa this year and he'll load you up with gifts!
Smoked Egg Nog Dip
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Celebrate the spirit of the season with our Smoked Cream Cheese and Egg Nog Delight! This delectable dip is not just a party essential; it's a showstopper that combines the allure of cold-smoked cream cheese, the warmth of egg nog, and the sweet crunch of crumbled ginger snaps. Chef Tom has taken the YS640S to new heights, infusing the cream cheese with a subtle smokiness that adds a layer of sophistication to this holiday indulgence.
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 6 tbsp powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 cup egg nog
- 1 cup cool whip
- Ginger snaps, crushed for garnish
Noble Saltworks Smoked Turbinado Sugar
- Christmas sugar cookies, for dipping
- Press the power button on the Yoder Smokers YS640s Pellet Grill to turn the fans on. Do not hit the start button.
- Fill an A-MAZE-N Tube Smoker with 100% cherry wood pellets. Place the tube smoker on the bottom right side of the grill. Light with a torch and let the flame burn for a minute before blowing it out.
- Place the cream cheese on the second shelf on a FrogMat and let cold smoke for about two hours. Remove and bring cream cheese to room temperature.
- Place the softened cream cheese in a mixing bowl with the powdered sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk until smooth.
- Add the egg nog. Whisk until smooth.
- Gently fold in the Cool Whip with a spatula until all streaks are gone.
- Transfer to your serving bowl. Top with crushed ginger snaps and a sprinkle of Noble Saltworks Smoked Turbinado Sugar. Serve with Christmas cookies, ginger snaps or graham crackers for dipping.
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Recipe Highlights and Insights:
Dips at Christmas are popular for several reasons, and they've become a beloved tradition in many households during the holiday season. Here are some reasons why Christmas dips are so well-received:
1. Social Gathering Tradition:
Christmas is a time when friends and family often come together for festive gatherings and parties. Dips are a convenient and shareable food option that encourages socializing. They are typically placed at the center of the table, allowing people to gather around, dip in, and enjoy the flavors together.
Dips offer a wide range of flavors and can be paired with various dippables like crackers, chips, bread, vegetables, or cookies. This versatility makes them suitable for a diverse group of guests with different tastes and dietary preferences.
3. Ease of Preparation:
During the busy holiday season, people appreciate recipes that are easy to prepare. Dips often involve simple mixing and assembling, making them a convenient option for hosts who want to spend more time with their guests and less time in the kitchen.
4. Comfort Food Appeal:
Many Christmas dips feature familiar and comforting flavors associated with the season, such as creamy textures, warm spices, or seasonal ingredients. These elements contribute to a sense of coziness and nostalgia that aligns well with the holiday spirit.
5. Festive Presentation:
Dips can be creatively presented, adding a festive touch to the table. Whether it's garnished with holiday-themed toppings, served in a decorative bowl, or accompanied by seasonal dippables, a well-presented dip can enhance the overall visual appeal of the holiday spread.
6. Appetizer or Snack Option:
Christmas gatherings often involve a variety of dishes, and dips serve as a perfect appetizer or snack option. They provide a satisfying and flavorful prelude to the main course, whetting the appetite without being too heavy.
Dips offer room for creativity and customization. Whether it's a savory or sweet dip, individuals can tailor the flavors to suit their preferences or experiment with unique combinations that reflect the festive spirit.
In summary, Christmas dips have become popular due to their social nature, versatility, ease of preparation, comfort food appeal, festive presentation, suitability as appetizers, and the opportunity for customization. These qualities make them a welcomed addition to holiday celebrations and a favorite among both hosts and guests.
- Serving Size
- 2 oz
- per serving
- 30.9 grams
- Saturated Fat
- 19.9 grams
- 88 milligrams
- 243 milligrams
- 76 grams
- .4 grams
- 71.4 grams
- 6.4 grams