Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 5, 2016

Foodie Corner – 2016 – Post #8 – Trinity for Dips and Casseroles

My motto used to be “If it didn’t get done in the microwave, it didn’t get done.” I’ve since learned to use my electric oven and its four-burner cooktop. But …

Foodie Corner – 2016 – Post #8 – Trinity for Dips and Casseroles

What is the “trinity” for casseroles and dips?

My two cents, but please share yours:

This food trinity is a mixture made up of equal parts of mayonnaise, sour cream, and shredded cheese. The mixture forms the base, the glue, that binds the casserole’s or dip’s other ingredients together. For such casseroles and dips, generally bake at 350 degrees F or nuke in the microwave until golden and bubbly.

For casseroles, you can add precooked chunks of various meats, potatoes, or vegetables, or even add different shapes and flavors of precooked pasta. Just combine what looks good with the trinity and bake.

For dips, choose precooked shredded spinach or broccoli florets or quartered artichoke hearts or diced red bell peppers mixed with corn cut off the cob. Chesapeake crab (no shell bits) or diced shrimp or precooked taco meat are also good options.

Play with this base. You can substitute yogurt for sour cream. Or you can replace the cheese with cream cheese thinned out with milk.

Play with these recipes. Make them your own unique combinations. Enjoy.


  1. Sounds delicious.

    • Absolutely, Gerri! This is the base for dozens and dozens of recipes. Be sure to invent some new favorites for yourself. Cheers, Ashley

  2. Sounds good

    • Give it a try, and be sure to play around with it, Linda. Cheers, Ashley

  3. Thanks for the tip! I didn’t know that, and it sounds easy. Yum 🙂

    • Play around with this one, D. Wallace. There are so many great combinations. And have fun, too. Cheers, Ashley

  4. Never thought of this combination for casseroles. My husband would use mayo in guacamole, and generally also sour cream/cheese. But casseroles? Hmmm that’s intriguing

    • There are tons of casseroles you can make with this base, Mona. Have lots of fun trying out variations. Cheers, Ashley

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