Dips

Dips are one of those perfect party foods-there are so many different kinds, and then can be served with everything from tortilla chips to crudité. Guacamole, hummus and salsa are all pretty standard, but can be easily dressed up by adding fresh fruit or herbs. One of our favorites is spinach and artichoke dip-it's an almost universal favorite, and tastes delicious with pita chips and pretzels. We use dry white wine, lemon zest and a dash of hot sauce to add flavor and spice. For a healthier twist on a dip, try this take on classic ranch. Kale adds great texture and color, and lebneh (similar to strained Greek yogurt) keeps this dip super creamy. Whether you're looking for a classic appetizer or want to try something new, F&W's guide has a dip recipe for every occasion.

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Smoked Salmon Dip

This creamy, smokey dip features flaky smoked salmon two ways: half is finely chopped to add a pleasant texture to the dip alongside briny pops of capers, and the rest is pureed with the mayonnaise, sour cream, and cream cheese, lending its beautiful color and deepening the flavor. Fresh dill and chives keep the dip light while lemon juice adds brightness while also keeping the dip perfectly scoopable — no broken chips here.

Muhammara (Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip) 

Smooth, thick, and layered with flavor, this mildly spicy dip of roasted red bell peppers and toasted walnuts is thickened with finely ground crispy breadsticks. Pomegranate molasses adds a piquancy that plays off the sweetness of the juicy roasted bell peppers, and spicy pepper paste brings just a touch of heat. This dip is delicious on pitas with League of Kitchens instructor Jeanette Chawki's grilled Lahem Meshwy (Lamb Shish Kebabs) and fresh, crunchy Biwaz (Parsley and Onion Salad), or serve it with fresh vegetables for dunking.

Kashke Bademjan (Iranian Kashk and Eggplant Dip)

A little thicker and saltier than yogurt, kashk is an Iranian dairy product that gives this aromatic eggplant dip its luscious texture and tart flavor. Floral saffron, fried dried mint, and more kashk dot the top, adding beautiful color. Serve this Kashke Bademjan, inspired by Naz Riahi's love of California-based Mission Ranch Market with fresh vegetables and toasted flatbread for dipping.

Salsa Macha

This outside-the box salsa is made from a fragrant blend of toasted chiles, garlic, peanuts, and sesame seeds. Spoon it over Tuna-Avocado Ceviche, grilled fish, quesadillas, tacos, Mexican-style street corn, salad, pizza, or crusty bread.

Caramelized Five-Onion Dip

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A mix of five different alliums—shallots, scallions, and sweet, yellow, and red onions—upgrades this classic caramelized onion dip with layers of flavor. Yellow and red onions give it bite, while Vidalia onion and shallots lend a pleasant sweetness. Taking the time to cook the onions low and slow concentrates their flavor, while adding scallions halfway through cooking keeps them just fresh enough to serve with chips, toasted bread, or vegetables like endive, steamed fingerling potatoes, and roasted Broccolini.
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These 15 Super Bowl Dips Are Actually the Main Event

The Super Bowl, for some people, is about sports. But for the rest of us, it's about the excellent snacking opportunities, and a core category is Super Bowl dips. There's nothing wrong with opening a jar, but once you realize the vast array of dips you can make yourself, including an upgrade to your onion dip, a gorgeous purple-hued, za'atar beet dip, and manyintriguing kinds of hummus. If you want to get really fancy, you can even pair your Super Bowl dips with homemade chips. But even if all you have the strength for is mixing together a few things and plunking down a bowl next to a bag of tortilla chips, we have many dip options for you.

Instant Pot Baba Ganoush

Finally, the no-grill, quick-cooking baba ganoush recipe you’ve been waiting for. A quick pressure cook in the Instant Pot helps create the perfect combination of textures without fussing with a grill. As an added bonus, this dip can be made up to 2 days in advance. Serve with fresh crunchy vegetables or grilled pitas for dipping.