This recipe begins with a bowl of creamy ranch dip; spoon half of it into another bowl and doctor it with cooked tomato paste and the Tunisian chile paste harissa.Plus: F&W's Appetizers Cooking Guide Party Dips and Spreads
Using the side of a knife, mash the garlic with a pinch of salt to a smooth paste. Transfer the garlic to a bowl and whisk in the yogurt, mayonnaise, buttermilk and pepper. Season with salt. Divide the dip into two bowls.
In a small skillet, cook the oil, tomato paste and harissa over moderately low heat, stirring, until lightly browned, 2 minutes. Let cool slightly, then whisk the mixture into one bowl of dip. Serve the dips side by side.
The dips can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
Carrots, peppers, green beans, cucumber spears and pita chips.
Creamy, rich sparkling wine: NV Taltarni Brut Taché.