This cheerful looking dip is as tasty as it is colourful. It goes over really well at gatherings and looks particularly nice at Baby or Bridal Showers. This Tri Colour Spread is actually my switched up version of Surprise Spread, a childhood favourite of mine that was served every Christmas Eve in my house. I love the flavours of Surprise Spread, but don’t love the calories and richness so I changed the recipe and took away almost half the calories that the original has. It’s not like it’s now a diet recipe! but it is much healthier than the classic version and hasn’t lost any of the amazing flavour.
Mix together a block of softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup of sour cream and 1 heaping Tablespoon of mayonnaise and spread it over one or two plates. I always choose to spread it over two plates. I like a thinner base and this is one of those situations where more is more! By making two of these appetizers, I can have one to serve my guests and one for our family to eat the next day. If you prefer a thicker base, you can certainly make just one on a large plate or platter.
Over the top of the cream cheese base, spread a layer of seafood cocktail sauce. I prefer to use the spicy variety. The amount you use is a matter of personal preference. Some like this to be a very thin layer while others prefer a more substantial taste of the cocktail sauce. Play around a bit to find your happy medium.
Chop green onions, yellow peppers and tomatoes. Be sure to remove the seeds from the tomatoes as you don’t want to cause the dip to be runny. Sprinkle the vegetables over the top of the dip.
If you make the spread ahead of time, cover it with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve. It does keep for a few days so it can be made ahead. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping.
This dip is completely gluten free and most tortilla chips are as well, so it is a great gluten free appetizer option.
This dip is ridiculously addictive! You know how early I said that I make the second one for our family to enjoy? By family, I may have meant mostly me! This appetizer is my go-to on a really bad day. In fact, the last time I made it, one of my sons asked me what was wrong and said he noticed that I make this on my worst days. He’s right. Some people eat a tub of ice cream to drown their sorrows…I put my feet up after the kids are in bed and eat some tri colour spread!
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- block of cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 heaping Tbsp. mayonnaise
- seafood cocktail sauce
- green onions, chopped
- yellow pepper, chopped
- tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- Mix together cream cheese, sour cream and mayo.
- Spread over one or two plates.
- Spread a layer of seafood cocktail sauce over the top.
- Sprinkle with the chopped vegetables.
- Chill until ready to serve.
- Serve with tortilla chips for dipping.