Never underestimate the power of a good dip. A good dip can bring friends together. It can increase your popularity. It can increase your caloric intake. A good dip can move mountains. It could probably change the world.
Kidding. (But not really.)
It”s September. The warm weather is coming to an end. Football is back. It”s time to plan your viewing parties — what are you going to serve alongside your chicken wings and mini pizzas? DIP. THAT”S WHAT.
Here are a few delicious, nomworthy options to amaze your friends — and perhaps even yourselves. Culinary skills FOR THE WIN!
FRENCH ONION DIP
I”m going to be completely honest — I don”t think I”ve ever had a french onion dip made from scratch. I”m a Lipton Onion Soup mix + sour cream kind of girl. But looking through recipes for this post, I now feel intrigued to try making one. Williams-Sonoma has a great recipe using carmelized onions — mmmmm. Sign me up, please!
You can also go for the store bought stuff. Heluva Good French Onion Dip is always a great choice! Not only for parties, you know .. just for your own snacking pleasure. Judgment free zone!
There are so many taco dip recipes trolling the internet that you could literally follow any of them and end up with an amazing product. While many of them are “Seven Layer,” like this one from AllRecipes.com, you can do however many layers as you wish. For example, my friends and I aren”t exactly into refried beans — we cut out the beans and mix the taco seasoning mix with the sour cream and cream cheese. It tastes FANTASTIC. But however you want to do it, don”t forget that excessive amounts of cheese and freshly chopped veggies are essential keys to happiness and food comas.
If I have already gotten you hungry and you don”t have time to whip this up, grab some Tostitos Creamy Southwestern Ranch dip at the store. Top with fresh veggies from the salad bar and some cheese!
BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP
Buffalo chicken dip is a personal favorite of mine. I make it all the time for friends and it”s always a hit — yet a tad on the spicy side. Here”s a great recipe from Frank”s RedHot — a NECESSARY ingredient to any buffalo themed dish.
Now I know this is far from the same thing, but take Snyder”s of Hanover Hot Buffalo Wing Pretzel Pieces and dip in blue cheese dressing next time you”re feeling a snacky need for buffalo heat.
SWISS & BACON DIP
Okay, let”s be real. Bacon is a WIN in itself. Add cheese? That”s a golden taste bud explosion my brain just can”t handle. I”m sure you”ll agree — check out this swiss and bacon dip recipe from Let”s Dish. My mouth is watering to the point where it”s hard to look at. I might cry. (Just a warning.)
Not the same, but you could always try a bacon and cheddar dip from the dairy aisle — such as this one from Kraft.
GUAC. “Pass the guac!” If we”re being completely honest, only recently did I introduce my mouth to this heavenly substance. Not sure what I was so afraid of — I love Mexican food and I love a good “chip and dip.” Basically I got over myself (with the extreme push of my friend) and tried guacamole. “HOLY MOLE” should be the actual name, let”s be real. Anyway, now I”m practically obsessed and want it everyday. Here”s a recipe from Alton Brown that I plan on trying as soon as possible.
If you”re less ambitious, store bought guacamole dips are in a huge abundance. Snack away!
SPINACH & ARTICHOKE DIP
I”m not the biggest spinach fan — or artichoke fan, for that matter. I”m not sure how this is even possible, but the mix of the two with cheese on top of a pita chip is literal heaven. There are many recipes for this popular dish, hot and cold alike. I enjoy the hot version, like this beautiful recipe from AllRecipes.com.
Luckily, Friday”s is well aware of the need for a great spinach and artichoke dip at all times. They love theirs so much they decided to make it available in your grocery store”s freezer section. Thank you, Friday”s!
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