Oh my, this is a good dip and out of the ordinary. We first served it at Gourmet Club at our house when we did a French Menu. We used it as a starter along with a Bacon and Leek Quiche. The Quiche was a favorite of Julia Child. I will share that recipe soon. The mushroom dip is hearty and it could be used for a light entrée if served with bread, cheese , crackers and some fruit. Sounds like a picnic in the making. Men really love this dip but I must say our friend Marcy said she could be just fine for dinner with this dip and the good crusty French Bread we served with it. Of course, we all ate our share of Coquilles St. Jacques, buckwheat crepes with tomatoes and cream, squished potatoes and the best ever Crepes Suzettes with vanilla ice cream. But, this is not about all that yummy French Food but this hearty mushroom dip. I hope you will give it a try and invite your neighbors over, showing hospitality and spreading Joy.
- 4 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup onion, finely chopped or 1 teaspoon onion powder (I used onion powder)
- ½ pound mushrooms, finely chopped
- ½ cup roasted red peppers, drained and finely chopped
- ¼ lb deli ham, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 2 tablespoons Cognac (optional)
- 2 teaspoons dry breadcrumbs
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes.
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat, and then sauté onions and mushrooms for about 5 minutes.
- Add red peppers, ham, and parsley, Mrs. Dash, Worcestershire and red pepper flakes; cook for about 5 minutes. Add Cognac and stir until it has evaporated a bit, about 90 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Serve warm or chilled. We like it warm.
Serve with crusty French Bread, or crackers.
It is substantial enough to take along on a picnic as a light entrée, along with bread, cheese, strawberries and some good white wine. Pack a picnic and invite your family and friends and spread some Joy