Rye Boat Dip Platter

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Rye Boat Dip Platter

Rye Boat Dip Platter

     The rye boat dip is a classic party recipe.  It is so common a request that caterers offer a regular and vegan option.  This recipe showed up somewhere around the late 1940’s.  The post war era was a big entertaining phase for America.  Returning soldiers were embraced in several family and public events.  It triggered nearly 2 decades of home entertaining as a concept.  Those home parties set the stage for a series of recipes and purpose built kitchen devices.

     The Rye boat is one of those timeless recipes.  It doesn’t matter where you serve it.  The recipe almost always triggers memories of a cocktail party or New Year’s Eve party.  It’s simple construction and finished size will take up a convenient amount of table space.  The best benefit of a rye boat dip is a nearly universal conversation starter.  Almost everyone has a story about a party or event to share about seeing a rye boat.  I could give you a few thousand Psychology  papers on the mechanics of memory as it relates to food.  It’s easier to say that some foods trigger a very strong communal and congenial feeling.  Including those foods increases the likelihood of a successful event.

     You can bake your own rye bread if you want, but it’s probably going to be easier to get one from the grocery store for this purpose.  There is some debate about light or dark rye.  Whichever you choose, opt for seedless rye.  Seeds can irritate people’s dental work.  Giving those small details thought from the very beginning is the kind of thing that guests might not even notice.  That’s the entire point.  Your guest won’t be put in the position to complain because you took steps from the very beginning by thoughtfully selecting your ingredients.  

 

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A large hulled out rye bread filled with a seasoned dip. The bread from inside the loaf is then used for dipping. Often served with vegetables as well to garnish and fill the platter.
Rye Boat Dip Platter
Prep Time 45 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Dip
Prep Time 45 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Dip
Rye Boat Dip Platter
Instructions
  1. Cut a circular hole slightly smaller than a 4 Cup dip bowl
  2. Remove the bread from the inside of the loaf to fit the bowl.
  3. Reserve the bread and cut into dipping sized pieces.
  4. Place the bread bowl on a platter sized to fit, and arrange the bread and vegetables around the platter.
Dip
  1. Place the mayo, sour cream, and spices in a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Dice the dried beef finely. 1/8th inch or smaller. and mix into the dip.
  3. Use a rubber scraper to transfer to a dip bowl or directly into the loaf. You might have to add extra sour cream to make up the volume to fit the bowl.
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