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Lapsang Souchong Cream Cheese Dip

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Lapsang Souchong Cream Cheese Dip

Are you tired of the same old dips at your parties? Looking for a unique and flavorful option to impress your guests? Look no further than the Lapsang Souchong Cream Cheese Dip! This dip is not only delicious, but it also adds a touch of sophistication to any gathering. Made with the aromatic and smoky Lapsang Souchong tea, this dip is perfect for tea lovers and food enthusiasts alike. So, let’s dive into the world of flavors and learn how to make this enticing dip!

Ingredients:

  • Cut wheels of cheese

    8 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 2 tablespoons Lapsang Souchong tea leaves
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

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Step 1: Brew the Lapsang Souchong Tea

In a small bowl, combine the Lapsang Souchong tea leaves with hot water. Let it steep for about 5 minutes, until the tea is strong and aromatic.

Step 2: Prepare the Cream Cheese

In a mixing bowl, add the softened cream cheese and minced garlic. Mix them together until well combined.

Step 3: Add the Lapsang Souchong Tea

Add the brewed Lapsang Souchong tea to the cream cheese mixture. Stir well to incorporate the smoky flavors into the dip.

Step 4: Season the Dip

Next, add the Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, and chopped fresh chives to the mixture. Season with salt and pepper according to your taste preferences. Stir everything until evenly combined.

Step 5: Chill and Serve

Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Place it in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour, allowing the flavors to meld together. When ready to serve, pair it with your favorite crackers, breadsticks, or fresh vegetables.

Variations:

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1. Smoked Salmon and Dill Dip:

Add some flaked smoked salmon and chopped dill to the cream cheese mixture to create a delightful twist on the classic Lapsang Souchong Cream Cheese Dip. The smoky flavors from the tea and salmon blend together perfectly, while the dill adds a refreshing touch.

2. Roasted Red Pepper and Chili Dip:

For a spicy kick, mix in some roasted red pepper paste and a pinch of chili flakes to the cream cheese dip. This variation will add a bold and fiery flavor that pairs well with the smokiness of Lapsang Souchong tea.

3. Caramelized Onion and Balsamic Dip:

To create a sweet and tangy dip, caramelize some onions and mix them with balsamic vinegar before adding them to the cream cheese mixture. The caramelized onions and balsamic vinegar will provide a rich and complex flavor profile, complementing the smoky notes of the tea.

Conclusion:

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The Lapsang Souchong Cream Cheese Dip is a versatile and unique appetizer that will elevate any gathering or party. Its smoky and aromatic flavors, derived from Lapsang Souchong tea, create a one-of-a-kind taste experience. Whether you choose to enjoy it with crackers, breadsticks, or fresh vegetables, this dip is sure to impress your guests and leave them craving for more. So, go ahead and give this recipe a try, and let your taste buds embark on a delightful journey!

 

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