Party Dips

Party dips are certainly worth celebrating.  The deliciousness and irresistible serving ideas have made them a party food staple.  Many are givens that must be included because guests look forward to them.  Enhance the tasting experience of these classic favorites with a fresh, new presentation.  It's how we put it all together that sets them apart and makes each party dip different from the last.  That's why we've created a list of our top 10 party dips that are expected pleasures at our special gatherings.

The Top 10 Party Dips listed here have been made time after time with great reviews.  Not only have they proven to be successful party appetizers, but also are the perfect way to spice up a stay at home family time.   


Spinach dip in bread bowl.
Knorr spinach dip is sure to please a crowd, no matter how big or small.  This creamy, versatile dip found its home, sweet home in a spinach dip bread bowl.

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Spinach Dip Recipe

1 pkg.(10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 container (16 oz.) sour cream
1 cup Hellmann's Mayonnaise
1 pkg. Knorr Vegetable Soup, Dip and Recipe Mix
1 can (8 oz.) water chestnuts, drained and chopped (optional)
3 green onions, chopped

In medium bowl stir spinach, sour cream, mayonnaise,
soup mix, water chestnuts and green onions until well mixed.
Cover, chill 2 hours to blend flavors.
Stir well.  If desired, spoon into round bread bowl.

  What to eat with spinach dip?
Serve with cut up vegetables, crackers, or chips.


Shrimp appetizer.
The magic of presentation.  Food tends to taste better when it looks appealing.  Add flair while guests help themselves to this make-ahead party appetizer.  It's almost a status symbol...delicious shrimp and colorful cocktail sauce served in spectacular stemware.

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Pimento cheese dip.
Pimento cheese is a classic spread made from cheese, pimentos and mayonnaise.  There are so many ways to spice it up, but the recipe below is our favorite.

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Pimento Cheese Recipe

2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
3 cups mild cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic salt
3/4 cup mayonnaise
3/4 cup sour cream

Combine cayenne pepper, garlic salt, mayonnaise and sour cream.  Add sharp and mild cheddar cheese.  Using a mixer will give a finer, creamy texture to the pimento cheese, while mixing by hand will render a more chunky texture.  Chill in the refrigerator and remove 30 minutes prior to serving.


French onion dip.
So easy, you don't need a celebration.  This dip favorite is the perfect flavor boost for chips, vegetables, or crackers.  Hollow out an onion and fill with dip for a party worthy presentation.
 

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French Onion Dip Recipe

2 cups sour cream
2 T minced onion
2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. dried parsley

Place sour cream in a bowl.  Add minced onion, onion powder,
garlic powder, salt, and parsley.  Mix well and refrigerate.  


Guacamole dip.
Make a fresh and delicious appetizer with this easy recipe for guacamole dip.  With just six ingredients, you will have a creamy dip that is ready to serve in minutes.

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Guacamole Dip Recipe

2 medium avocados, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 small onions, chopped
4 T lemon juice
2 tsps. salt
1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce

In a food processor or blender at medium speed,
blend all guacamole dip ingredients until smooth.
For best flavor, refrigerate for one hour before serving.

Can guacamole be frozen?  Yes. Simply place guacamole into a freezer bag and remove air.  Place in freezer where it can be kept for about three months.

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Cheese ball dip.
Looking for a make ahead party appetizer?  A cheeseball can be prepared and stored in the refrigerator, wrapped in plastic wrap and placed in an airtight container or a plastic bag.  This frees up valuable time on party day.

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Cheese Ball Recipe

8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
2 cups chopped ham (12 oz pkg ham)
2 T parsley flakes
1 tsp. minced onion
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. tabasco sauce (hot sauce)
1/4 cup mayonnaise 
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Mix cream cheese, chopped ham, parsley flakes,
minced onion ,dry mustard, tabasco sauce,
and mayonnaise until combined.  Roll into a ball.
Roll ball in chopped nuts.  Serve with your favorite crackers.


Salsa and chips.
It's no secret that salsa is one of the most popular party dips and a must-have snack.  Show off the freshest salsa ingredients in a party dip that tastes delicious.  No matter the occasion, salsa is an opportunity to spice things up.

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Salsa Recipe with Fresh Tomatoes

4 cups fresh tomatoes (chopped)
1/3 cup onion (chopped)
2 garlic cloves
1 jalapeno pepper (stems, membranes, and seeds removed)
1 cup freshly chopped cilantro
1/2 of a lime's juice
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt

Place garlic in food processor and pulse until chopped small.
Add tomatoes, onion, jalapeno pepper, cilantro,
juice of halved lime, and salt.  Pulse until the desired texture.


Crab dip.
Wow your guests with this worth-the-wait crab dip.  There's a perfect balance of flavor in every dip and it doesn't require a whole lot of fuss.

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Crab Dip Recipe

(2) 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese
(1) 8 oz. pkg. imitation crab meat, flaked
1 green onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon jalapeno pepper, minced
1 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, stir together cream cheese, imitation crab meat, green onion, garlic, lemon juice, jalapeno, and 1 cup shredded cheese.  Transfer to oven safe serving dish.  Sprinkle remaining cup of cheese on top.  Bake for 25-30 minutes until cheese melts and edges boiling.  Serve with toast rounds or with your favorite crackers.


Taco dip.
This taco dip will be your new go-to for any celebration.  Made from store bought ingredients, this taco layer dip is super-easy and the result is delicious.

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Taco Dip Recipe

16 oz. bean dip
1 cup guacamole
1/4 cup mayonnaise
8 oz. sour cream
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
2 cups shredded cheese

Spread the bean dip in the bottom of dish.  Spread guacamole on the top of bean dip.  In a bowl, mix together mayonnaise, sour cream, and taco seasoning mix.  Spread this mixture on top of the guacamole.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Garnish with chopped tomatoes, green onions, or black olives.  Serve with tortilla chips.


Cheese dip with Velvetta.
Rotel cheese dip is one of our favorite party dips.  With just a few ingredients, this dip is quick, easy, and perfect for parties.  The magic happens with the simple combination of Rotel tomatoes, green chilies, Velveeta cheese, and beef or sausage.

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Rotel Cheese Dip Recipe

10 oz. Rotel tomatoes and green chilies
1 lb. Velveeta
1 lb. ground beef or sausage (optional)

Brown ground beef or sausage on medium heat.  Drain and return to pan.  Stir in Rotel tomatoes.  Add Velveeta (cut into chunks for easier melting).  When Velveeta is completely melted, your dip is ready to enjoy.  Serve with tortilla chips.


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