Incorporating gourmet food products into recipes is a quick way to take a homemade dish from good to great. Finding a gourmet food product that can be used in different recipes is also pretty great, and Cherith Valley Gardens Hot ‘n Spicy Corn Relish is one of those foods. It is tasty straight from the jar, and we’ve mentioned using it in our favorite spicy cornbread recipe. We also adapted a dip recipe that has become a regular at our house.
Sweet & Spicy Corn Dip
- 1 jar Cherith Valley Gardens Hot ‘n Spicy Corn Relish
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
Could this be any easier? I especially love the fresh taste added by the cilantro, although I know Karen would probably leave it out and love the dip just as much. We enjoyed the dip with tortilla chips this week. We’ve also used it as a garnish for baked potatoes served with spicy southwestern grilled steaks. It would be a very good taco topper, too!
I’ve said this before, but I’m not one of those cooks who can open the pantry, pull out ingredients and create a gourmet meal. I almost always start with a recipe, but I’ve learned to make it my own by adjusting ingredients to our tastes. The increasing availability of wonderful artisan foods, gourmet condiments, and specialty spices makes it possible to add a touch of creativity to your own recipes.