In the past I have published recipes that don’t really qualify as recipes. Some may say that mixing two ingredients to form a new dish or sauce isn’t really cooking, but it does serve a purpose in my kitchen repertoire. For that reason, today I am presenting a 2-ingredient dip recipe.
When my children were babies, a friend mentioned a fruit dip to me. The only required ingredients were cream cheese and marshmallow creme. At the time I didn’t keep marshmallow creme in the house. With a mom born in California (as well as my siblings and me), it wasn’t something I grew up eating. Having lived in New England I was used to the ingredient but just didn’t work with it.
With a family party approaching, I decided to give this recipe a try. It turns out that combining the two makes for a nice, sweet, and tangy dip. As my kids got older and went to school, they learned about marshmallow creme and the New England phenomenon of the peanut butter and fluff sandwich. Thus, marshmallow creme became a pantry staple for the occasional sandwich. And the dip became an easy to make, at a moment’s notice item.
The funny thing is that I have never brought fruit and this dip to a party and had it be a duplicate. I also have met very few people that haven’t found it to be utterly addictive. Yes, it is a bit on the sweet side for an appetizer, but it also is an almost certain way to get kids to eat fruit. A pound of strawberries can disappear in minutes.
So, for all of those who find this recipe to be too simplistic, feel free to skip. For those of you that want a quick way to get a dish ready for a summer gathering, read on.
- 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1+ cup marshmallow creme
- If cream cheese isn’t very soft, heat in microwave for 5-10 seconds, so that it stirs easily.
- Combine cream cheese and marshmallow creme in a small bowl until fully incorporated.
- If you prefer a sweeter dip, add another 1/4 cup (or more) of marshmallow creme.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- This dip pairs nicely with strawberries and melons.