Spring is nearly here, and your calendar is probably already filling up with engagement parties, bridal showers, and weddings. Maybe you’re even planning one of your own! Whatever your reason for celebrating love this spring, if you’re in charge of preparing or planning the food, you’ll need to not only consider taste but also aesthetics. Treats that are both beautiful and delicious please the palate and add that extra touch of elegance and style to any party.
Not sure where to start? Check out these perfect party dip hacks! We promise they’re “berry” good.
For starters, skip the standard onion and guacamole dips. Go for the White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl and the Heaven Sake Cheesecake party dips instead. The premixed flavor packets are meant to be combined with whipped topping and cream cheese, but there’s no reason not to deviate from the norm. For example, why not buy mini tart shells, fresh mint, dark chocolate, and berries too?
Readymade mini tart shells are often available for purchase in the freezer or refrigerated display cases of most major grocery stores. If your store is all sold out of the ready-made tart shells, don’t stress. The shells are surprisingly easy to make. They require the following pantry staples:
- ¼ Cup Vegetable Shortening (Chilled)
- 1/3 Cup Butter (Cubed)
- 1.75 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 Tbsp. Granulated Sugar
- 5 Tbsp. Ice Cold Water
The tart shell ingredients should be combined just like any other pie crust. As such, everything but the water should go into a food processor and get run through the coarse or pulse setting. Afterward, the water should be added a little at a time until the mini tart dough can be easily rolled up into small balls.
Once the tart dough has been shaped into small balls, you’ll need to roll each one out. Next, place them into their respective, greased tart pans and bake them for 20 to 30 minutes in a 375-degree oven. Ideally, the oven should be preheated for 10 to 15 minutes before sliding the tart pan onto the center shelf. However, some ovens may take longer to come to the right temperature.
Allow the cooked tart shells to cool. To continue, use a pastry bag to pipe the party dip into the mini-tart shells. Be careful not to overfill the bag because the warmth of a person’s hand has the potential to heat up the dip. And if the dip is partially chilled, it will hold the shape of the pastry bag tip longer.
Afterward, add shaved chocolate, berries, and fresh mint to complete the presentation. They’ll make excellent engagement party or bridal shower desserts. And if you’re having the party outside, we’ve got another berry good hack you may want to try. It involves candy molds and the freezer.
A Cool Party Dip Alternative
Instead of piping the party dip into the mini tart shells, fill cute little candy molds instead. Then place them into the freezer 24 to 48 hours before the engagement or bridal shower is expected to begin. Depending on the freezer’s temperature, the dip should harden and take on the shape of their molds.
Before the guests arrive, pop the frozen party dip sculptures out of the molds. Use them to create little appetizer or dessert plates. If you’re going with the appetizers, plate the frozen dip with freshly sliced fruits and decorative swirls of yogurt.
If desserts are the engagement party or bridal shower order of the day, grab some sliced pound or sponge cake. Place the sliced cake onto individual plates and dust them with powdered sugar, then use the frozen party dip molds as the pièce de résistance. Put one on top of each cake and serve. As the dip melts, it will combine with the cake and taste amazing.
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