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Feeding a large group can be daunting, but when it comes to dinner parties and get-togethers, dips are a host’s savior. The easy equation of delicious dip plus a tray of dip-friendly accoutrements almost always equals happy, full guests.
In terms of summer cookout needs, dips are some of the most versatile and easy dishes a host can hope for. It’s because of this ease that dips have become a party staple. Some dips are even icons of annual events — especially when it comes to football. When was the last time you went to a Super Bowl party that didn’t have a bowl of seven-layer goodness to dip into? While dips may have their heyday during football season, there’s every reason to bring bowls of dips on board for this year’s cookout weekends — summer’s answer to fall’s tailgate feasts.
The dips we feature below are suited for summer barbecues and cookouts. All are easy to make ahead of time, giving you all the time you need to tend to your grill. Whether the dip is chilled or warm, healthy or sinful, sweet or savory, there’s a dip to please everyone at your next cookout
Buffalo Chicken Dip
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If you haven’t already tried this dip, you’re in for a treat. It has all the flavors of Buffalo wings in a creamy, spicy dip. Serve with crispy celery and carrots for a cleaner way to eat this party classic!
Creamy White Bean and Olive Oil Dip
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This creamy, healthy dip is perfect for making ahead of time and serving to your guests with antipasto sides or pita chips.