Here, editors reveal their favorite store-bought chips and the dips to pair with them, like Lay's Kettle Cooked with F&W's Caramelized Onion Dip (left). The fantastic game-day recipe has five out of five stars from our online community: "By far the best onion dip I've ever made or tasted," says user julieryan. Click through the slideshow for more chip and dip pairings.
This hot pink beet dip is fun to serve with white and pale green vegetables.
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With the holiday season upon us shortly, I look for simple ways to entertain a crowd. I prefer to visit with my guests and not be a slave to the kitchen, unless of course I need a respite from the chaos. One easy way to do just that is to have loads of stuff prepared in advance. Dips and spreads are especially good because they can be made in large quantities and kept in the fridge (in their serving bowls, no less) up until your guests arrive. A departure from the mundane (but delicious nonetheless) hummus is this crazy-good, crazy-colored variation on the classic French onion dip. This one is made with sautéed shredded beets and onions, sour cream, and a splash of vinegar and honey to balance out the flavors. I serve it with an array of vegetables, but it’s also awesome on pita crisps or thick-cut potato chips, especially salt and vinegar chips. SEE RECIPE »
While it’s easy to make a homemade dip, the right dry mix can expedite summer party prep. F&W staff sampled a variety of supermarket offerings, but found many of them to be too salty, too bland, or too processed-tasting. Two products earned top marks and feature the classic flavors our editors crave.