There’s nothing more satisfying than a classic creamy, savory artichoke dip or a nutty hummus. But you can eat those old-school appetizers anytime. This holiday season, take your dips to the next level with these nine upgrades.

Philly Cheesesteak Queso
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1. Corn Husk–Grilled Goat Cheese with Corn Relish and Honey

Corn Husk-Grilled Goat Cheese with Corn Relish and Honey
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With the smoky essence of the husk infused into the hot molten cheese, a generous drizzle of honey melting in, and a charred sweet corn relish, all spooned onto a hunk of crusty bread, this dip makes the perfect snack, day or night.

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2. Cool Ranch Kale Dip

Cool Ranch Kale Dip
Serve this tangy buttermilk dip with a mix of fresh crudité (such as cucumber spears, radishes, carrots, endive, etc.) and pita chips or seeded breadsticks. Wash and cut your veggies the day before and store in the fridge for easy day-of assembly.

This healthy, fast and supertasty version of a ranch dip features kale, labneh and buttermilk.

3. Baked Cheese with Herbs and Crudités

Baked Cheese with Herbs and Crudites Recipe
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Fresh, crisp vegetables are the perfect accompaniment to this take on Brie en croûte.

4. Smoked Fish Dip

Smoked fish dip
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This creamy mayonnaise and whipped cream cheese dip, seasoned with lemon juice, mustard, horseradish, and Old Bay, is inspired by Griffin Bufkin’s smoked fish dips at Southern Soul Barbeque on St. Simons Island.

5. Avocado-Hummus Dip

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For a new twist on the usual hummus or guacamole, try this delicious mash-up of the two.

6. Achari Pimiento Cheese Spread

Achari Pimiento Cheese Spread
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Chef Farhan Momin took this Southern staple and put a twist on it by incorporating classic Indian pickling spices.

7. Roasted Onion Dip

Roasted Onion Dip
You can eat a plain old artichoke dip or a nutty hummus anytime. This fall, use game days as an opportunity to take your dips to the next level with upgrades like crab and crispy shallots.  
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This delicious onion dip from star chef Tyler Florence uses the whole onion—no waste involved.

8. Philly Cheesesteak Queso

Philly Cheesesteak Queso
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F&W’s Justin Chapple combines two favorites—Tex-Mex queso and Philly Cheesesteak—to make this crowd-pleasing dip.

9. Kamaboko Dip

Kamaboko Dip
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Somewhere between a dip and a spread, Kamaboko Dip is an addictive fish and cream cheese appetizer smeared over crackers or bagels or dunked into with fresh crudité.