Is saying Dips make the party a stretch? I don’t think so. Anyone who has thrown a party then watched appetites for the main course destroyed by a popular dipping sauce knows. A good dip makes anything you dip in it better.
A great dip makes you consider dipping a piece of worn out tennis shoe just to get another taste.
All The Best Dip Recipes
If you are familiar with my blog, then you already know how big I am on entertaining family and friends. This site was literally launched on that premise. In effect, so that I could have an outlet for my passion. Of course, great dipping sauces are the heart and soul of setting a mood, creating an appetite, even being a conversation starter.
So, you know I am going to have a trick or two up my sleeve in the dipping sauce department.
What Dips Are Best For Chips?
Some dips are just perfect for chips. Potato chips, corn chips, of course, but look how many other choices you have these days! Kale, sweet potato, black bean, beet, even fish skin! And the list goes on.
For that reason, I can give you a roadmap to the right dips for the chips, but the combinations are endless!
Here are a few I recommend:
What Dipping Sauces Work Best For Veggies?
Sometimes cauliflower works best as a vegetable to dip, but other times using cauliflower to make dip makes sense. Either way, there are dips for veggies, and veggies and fruits for dips. The best vegetable or fruit dips, always work well for dipping different vegetables too.
Even something like salsa, which is a fruit and vegetable dip, suits veggie dipping, not just chips.
Dips For Bread And Pretzels
Bread and pretzels sort of elevate the dipping experience, and just like chips, the choices are endless. A sliced baguette, or a wedge of sourdough, dark grained pumpernickel, or sweet rolls, or poppyseed rolls, all work great.
When it comes to pretzels, make sure to set out pretzels strong enough to stand up to the dip. Thin little sticks are nice, but if they break off in the dip, then it gets pretty grody quickly. Here is one way to get around the issue, sausage pretzels with mustard cheese dip!
Some Dips For Bread And Pretzels.
Easy Dip Recipes With Few Ingredients
Some dipping sauces are so simple too. Just a few ingredients and you are all set. These always come in very handy, especially when you entertain on short notice. Great to have something to set out that always works, but doesn’t require much thought or effort.
Crock pot crab dip makes a very elegant statement, but it is just a few ingredients to make. Even those can be swapped in or out depending on what you have handy. As long as you have some worcestershire, cream cheese, and crab meat, some horseradish, then you are good go. And if you don’t have horseradish, then mustard can do the trick.
Guacamole egg rolls with spicy cilantro dipping sauce are awesome too.
Setting The Dip Out
A few rules to live by with dips…
- Never take it out too early. Only set it out when you know people are there and ready to enjoy it. Cool dips are better still a bit chill, not room temp. Whereas, warm dips are best not over-cooked.
- Put the unused dip away only if you are 100% no double dipping occurred. One way to avoid double dipping? Set out little serving dishes so that everyone has their own dipping bowl. If not possible, then tossing the leftovers is most likely the safest and best option.
- With spicy dips, make sure to set the spice level to acceptable levels - you can always add heat easily, but you can’t take it away easily.
- If you use ingredients that people might be allergic to, like shellfish or certain nuts like peanuts or seeds like sesame, then make sure people know to avoid any allergic reactions.
- If people love the dip for an appetizer, then don’t be angry if they lose their appetite for the main course. Just take it as a compliment that the dipping sauce was awesome!