Dip Into These 8 Fun Recipes

Staff Writer
Surefire ways to get everyone to dig in and mingle
Creamy White Bean and Olive Dip
Molly Aronica
Creamy White Bean and Olive Dip

Dips and chips. The two go together so well that they even rhyme. At any office party, tailgating event, or cocktail soirée, dips are pretty much guaranteed to be the center of attention (except for the office clown, the enormous LED TV, and the booze). They're a mainstay of the spread at any casual get-together because they're quick and easy to prepare and an inexpensive way to entertain a crowd. (And, not to mention, a great way to fill in awkward gaps in conversation.) But not only that, they're delicious and versatile.

So here are eight creative ways to spur conversation and keep the party on the right track. Check out these highlights:

Amie Valpone, author of The Healthy Apple, offers a fantastic take on traditional hummus, made with cauliflower instead of chickpeas. For a no-frills approach, whip up this quick and easy goat cheese dip; just beware the garlic breath. Or, take a walk on the exotic side with an Egyptian dip made from sesame seeds, blanched almonds, and olive oil, perfect for dunking pita chips or bread. Whether it's tortilla chips, carrot sticks, or pita crisps, we've got you covered.

 

Capitol Crack Dip

It's so good, it's addictive — just like crack...

Valaer Murray

 

 

 

 

Cauliflower No-Bean Hummus

I went out and bought four cauliflowers, steamed 'em, and mashed 'em up into my own hummus creation...

Amie Valpone

 

 

 

 

Tomatillo Guacamole Dip

Tomatillos resemble small green tomatoes except that they have papery husks...

Diane Morgan

 

 

 

 

Creamy White Bean and Olive Dip

With a food processor, this recipe comes together in minutes and packs a lot of fresh flavor...

Molly Aronica

 

 

 

 

Dukkah Dip

This is a delicious, spicy Egyptian dip that is so easy to make and incredibly light. Serve with fresh bread or pita crisps...

Clodagh McKenna

 

 

 

 

Lemon-Garlic Goat Cheese Dip

It requires very few ingredients, almost no effort, and tastes absolutely fantastic...

Maryse Chevriere

 

 

 

 

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

A kick of cayenne, a bit of lemon for brightness, and lots of spinach and artichokes...

Allison Beck

 

 

 

 

Bourbon-Onion Dip

The sweetness of slow-cooked onions pairs naturally with the caramel undertones of bourbon in this fun party dip recipe...

Will Budiaman