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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

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5 Easy Make-Ahead Hors d'Oeuvres for Thanksgiving

Black Olive Tapenade with Figs and Mint

Five quick, super-easy make-ahead hors d'oeuvres for entertaining.

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9 Dips to Make for a Thanksgiving Potluck

Butternut Squash Dip

From smoky eggplant to sweet-spicy squash, here are nine terrific, portable dips for a Thanksgiving potluck.

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7 Best Party Dips for Graduation

Here are seven fantastic, crowd-friendly dips for a graduation celebration.

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Snacking PSA: Best Chips and Dips to Pair with Them

Caramelized Onion Dip

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.

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Grace in the Kitchen

Psychedelic Dip

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Creamy Beet Dip with White Crudités // © David Malosh

This hot pink beet dip is fun to serve with white and pale green vegetables.
© David Malosh

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

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 »

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taste test tuesday

The Top Dip Mixes

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Dip taste test

 

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.

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