Last week, I decided it was time to purge the bookshelf in my project room to make space for the piles of books I had scattered throughout the house.
I had a wide variety of diet books (mint condition), a much more complete collection of dessert books (well used) and books from my travels (from Mary Bobo’s Boarding House Cookbook to Fiesta Mexicali).
As I was moving the books from the upstairs bookshelf to the downstairs bookshelf (let’s just call this a staging area, okay?), one of my Mom’s cookbooks from the Murray, Kentucky Woman’s Club flipped open.
Amused by the title and intrigued by the horseradish, I took a picture so that I might make this recipe one day.
I promptly forgot about it…
…until I watched a news report about the new Burger King Bacon Sundae…
…and a commercial for Ruffles manly potato chips with ridges twice the size and depth of regular chips in manly flavors like Sweet & Smokin’ BBQ and Kickin’ Jalapeño Ranch.
Interesting, I thought.
I promptly forgot about it….
….until our neighbor, Jim, stopped by. He wanted to share something he had found in his stash of always-interesting artifacts.
”The Virile Powers of Superb Manhood”
Written in 1900, the author* states that he will help readers “in the fewest possible words” elevate, ennoble and strengthen their goal to be “strong, virile and superb” men.
(*Bernard McFadden changed his name to Bernarr MacFadden because he thought it sounded like the roar of a lion).
Okay, okay. I get it. Men want to be men and they want manly things and want to eat manly foods.
Presented with the Bacon Sundae, manly Ruffles and Virile book, it was clear. The Man Dip wasn’t a fluke. It was a message. I needed to make some Man Dip.
You don’t need many ingredients for Man Dip.
You don’t need a lot of skill for Man Dip.
You don’t need a lot of time to make Man Dip.
You do need dried beef in a jar.
Dried beef in a jar? Did you even know they made dried beef in a jar? I was prepared to get the beef in a bag, but then I actually found … dried beef in a jar.
This is what it looks like when you take the lid off. Kinda pretty.
There is no liquid, it’s just … dried beef in a jar.
The original recipe suggests that you shred the beef. I just gave the beef a quick dice.
Dump the cream cheese in a bowl.
Add the diced beef and start singing the song from Two and a Half Men. It goes something like…”Men, Men, Men, Men, Manly Men, Men, Men….” (catchy, isn’t it?).
Pop the lid on the Horseradish and dump it in to the bowl. If you have good horseradish your face will now contort and you will say “whoa”. I hope you have good horseradish.
For reasons I really don’t quite understand, you add 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise.
Because I am NOT a man, and because I wanted to add my own little female nuance, I used Mayonnaise with Olive Oil.
Mix it all together into a great big manly goop. I would have mixed this with Mr. H.’s drill if I had a beater attachment.
I just happened to have a bowl that fit perfectly into a wheelbarrow tire (please note, the tire had never been used). If you don’t have a bowl, a very manly Red Solo Cup will do just fine.
I … um …. repurposed one of Mr. H.’s tool boxes for a manly potato chip bowl, lined with manly bandannas.
I liked the dip made from the original recipe. I call it “Power Tool” grade.
If you want to make “Truck So Tall You Need a Ladder” grade, you might want to add some bacon.
For the “Fireworks Explosions So Loud You Can’t Hear” grade, you can add some jalapeño.
Here’s the recipe. Feel free to download and maybe make this for Father’s Day.
A very manly day.
- 1 - 8 oz. jar horseradish
- 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 - 2.5 oz jar dried beef
- Dice the beef.
- Mix the beef with the cream cheese, horseradish and mayonnaise.
In the meantime, I guess I’ll wait for Jim to find a copy of MacFadden’s 1901 book, Power and Beauty of Superb Womanhood. If that happens, I’ll be sure to make a Woman’s Dip.