Football season means tailgate gatherings in stadium parking lots and home viewing parties. From professional NFL games to pee wee playoffs, these autumn sporting events come with their own menus.
What favorite food tops the list for fall football fun?
How about chips and dip? Potato chips with onion dip are virtually a universal top pick for football fans everywhere.
What happens when folks have sensitivities to monosodium glutamate (MSG)?
This food enhancer, actually a central nervous system stimulant, is included in tons of prepared foods. Many flavored chips contain MSG, as do plenty of packaged chip dips. Instant onion dip packets and onion soup mixes tend to be laden with MSG as well.
MSG has been linked to many unpleasant symptoms, including migraine headaches, gastrointestinal upsets, and even seizures in affected individuals.
What’s an MSG-sensitive football fan and chip lover to do? The answer is simple: Make your own chip dip. Here’s a simple party-pleasing recipe, sure to pass muster with sports fans.
First, gather the ingredients for MSG-free onion dip.
- 1 cup fresh sour cream – light or regular
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 3/4 cup finely chopped onions – any variety
- 1/2 cup freshly snipped parsley (or dried parsley, if fresh is unavailable)
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 crushed clove fresh garlic (or dried garlic, to taste)
Variations: Chives or leeks may be substituted for the onions, if desired.
Follow these easy instructions to make MSG-free onion dip.
Combine all ingredients in an electric blender or food processor. Mix just until smooth. Do not over-mix, as this may make the dip too runny. The onions will still be lumpy.
Cover the dip tightly, and refrigerate for at least two hours. Chilling overnight is even better.
Serve with potato chips, corn chips, fresh-cut vegetables, crackers, rye crisps, or other favorite dippers.
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