Pickle wrap dip is an easy appetizer fashioned after the popular party snack featuring cream cheese and deli meat wrapped pickles.
If I were a culinary superhero and I had to pick a flavor as my superpower, it would probably be dill pickles. After a long day of blasting away my enemies with the briny pucker power of pickles, my superhero friends and I would celebrate by crafting delicious party appetizers like this pickle wrap dip... Ah, yes, quite a life it would be...
What is Pickle Wrap Dip?
Dill pickle wrap dip features a blend of cream cheese and sour cream as a base, with chopped pickles and deli meat mixed in with pickle brine and seasonings for added flavor. This easy dip tastes just like the popular dill pickle wraps party appetizer but is much easier to prepare by simply mixing everything in a large mixing bowl. You can bet this will be a sure hit with all pickle lovers. This is one of my best dip recipes, I love it!
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Cream Cheese
- Sour Cream
- Baby Dill Pickles - You can substitute full sized pickles or sliced pickles, but I recommend using baby dill pickles specifically because the small pieces are firmer and have more surface area, which adds better texture to your dip.
- Pickle Juice - Adding a splash of pickle brine really amp up the dill pickle flavor, which is why I recommend using pickles out of a jar rather than substituting dill pickle relish.
- Buddig Beef - Other brands also work, you can use any ultra thin dried beef slices similar to Buddig. Alternatively, for a different flavor you could use thinly sliced ham instead.
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
Optional add-ins: If you want to add a touch of herbal flavor, green onions are a great addition.
How to Make It
The pickles and the deli meat are the stars of the show in this recipe. Traditionally wrapped pickles are coated in a blanket of cream cheese, however, cream cheese alone would create too stiff of a dip. Sour cream is added to soften the dip, making it easier to dredge crackers without breaking them. The pickle juice helps this as well, while also adding a lot of flavor.
Make your pickle wrap dip recipe by adding all ingredients to a large bowl and mix well to combine. It is easiest to use a hand mixer, but a fork or whisk works well enough too.
Tip: I combine cream cheese and sour cream first to ensure it blends well. If the cream cheese isn't sufficiently softened there will be chunks in the mixture that can be gently warmed to melt out.
What to Serve with Pickle Wrap Dip
You can use your favorite cracker with pickle wrap dip, however, I think the buttery flavor of Ritz crackers works exceptionally well. There is no need to grab overly gourmet crackers for this dip. Tortilla chips get an honorable mention. They are not my favorite item to dip, but they work well.
Can Pickle Wrap Dip be made in Advance
This is a great dip to make in advance of your party. The flavors will meld together better overnight and the dip will maintain the right consistency and texture for days. If you are serving this at a party there is no need to fuss with this at the last minute. If your guests love pickles as much as I do, serve it with my Dill Pickle Pasta Salad too!
How to store leftovers
Whether you are making this delicious dip in advance, or have leftover pickle wrap dip from your party, store it in an airtight container in your refrigerator, or at least covered in plastic wrap, to prevent the dip from soaking up off-flavors from other items in the fridge. The dip should be enjoyed within 5 days.
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Pickle Wrap Dip
- 8 ounces Cream Cheese (softened)
- ½ cup Sour Cream
- ¾ cup Baby Dill Pickles (chopped)
- 2 tablespoons Pickle Juice
- 4 ounces Buddig Beef (chopped)*
- ¼ teaspoon Onion Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder
- Soften cream cheese by letting the unopened packet rest in hot water for 10 minutes and then mix with sour cream, blending to ensure there are no lumps.
- Add all remaining ingredients and combine.
- Dip can be served immediately with crackers or set in the refrigerator to allow flavors to meld overnight.