Everyone loves having parties, and a basic go-to party food is dip. Families also often make dips, as a great enticement for children to try vegetables. Though sometimes these can be outdated or overdone, at your next event or special family meal you can make a creative, tasty dip that people will be clamoring for.
1. Bacon and Cheese – you don’t need any convincing on this one, what could be yummier? Crispy bacon pieces- a whole package!- mixed into a melted block of cream cheese and cup of sharp cheddar cheese. This will not last long on the table…
2. Artichoke Spinach – the restaurant classic that is much easier to make than you ever imagined. One jar of artichoke hearts and 4 ounces of steamed spinach are folded into eight ounces of cream cheese, 6 ounces sour cream, and 4 ounces of Monterey Jack cheese. Melt together over medium heat until combined, and serve warm with toasted bread.
3. French Onion – based on French Onion soup, this easy dip will entice your taste buds and enliven the party table! Slowly caramelize two onions in a small amount of butter, then cool. Mix into six ounces of room temperature cream cheese and eight ounces of sour cream, then simply blend together. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Black Bean Hummus – even easier to make than traditional hummus, this new popular favorite utilizes black beans and sunflower seeds instead of tahini. While a regular hummus might be too strong for some palates, this lighter-flavor and richly-hued version will be loved by almost anyone. Purée a can of black beans with 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup olive oil, and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
5. Smoked salmon and horseradish dip – simple, but with a serious kick of flavor! A six ounce package of smoked salmon, blended with eight ounces of sour cream, two tablespoons of lemon juice, and one tablespoon of horseradish. Add salt and pepper to taste. This is delicious with toast points and crisp vegetables.
These dip recipes utilize easy-to-find familiar ingredients, including cream cheese and sour cream (this can be substituted with yogurt for lighter dips). They take very little time to make, and with garden-fresh ingredients these dips will be the hit of any party or family meal.