Easy Holiday Party Dips & Spreads
Keep your guests coming back for more with these appetizing dips.
Use this succulent, syrupy fruit as a topping for pound cake or ice cream. You can also spoon it over a softened log of goat cheese instead of cream cheese.
Recipe: Wine-Spiked Cranberry Cheese Log
Recipe developer Julia Reed adapted this creamy dip from a recipe in Bayou Cuisine by St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Indianola, Mississippi.
Recipe: Lump Crab Mornay
Just like any good Louisiana gumbo, this dip is thick and full of flavor.
Recipe: Warm Gumbo Dip
A sugary spin on a cream cheese classic with a crisp bruléed topping.
Recipe: Caramel Apple Dip
Show off the festive flavor of cranberries with this sweet-hot salsa. You can make it ahead and freeze up to one month before your holiday gathering.
- Recipe: Cranberry-Jalapeño Salsa
This herb-and-walnut cheese spread is ideal for large gatherings. Pear preserves balance the tanginess of the Roquefort cheese, and toasted pecans and walnuts add nutty flavor.
You can have this five-ingredient appetizer party-ready in about 10 minutes.
- Recipe: Cherry-Pecan Brie
It's Southern tradition to have a little hot sauce with your turnip greens, so be sure to offer guests several brands to choose from on the side.
Recipe: Warm Turnip Green Dip
This recipe makes a lot, but it can be frozen for up to a month. It fits perfectly into 4 (10-oz.) ramekins. Try it over French fries, hot dogs, and chili too.
- Recipe: Beer Cheese Spread
Spinach-artichoke dip is always a party favorite. We love this recipe for its creamy texture and wonderful flavors from artichoke hearts, lemon juice and a mix of Parmesan and pepper Jack cheese.
- Recipe: Hot Spinach-Artichoke Dip
You can save time by making this recipe up to 3 days before the party.
Roasted red bell peppers add a kick of color and flavor to traditional hummus. Go ahead and double the recipe; leftovers make a tasty sandwich spread.
Recipe: Red Pepper Hummus
Party Tip: Place the Brie directly on an oven-safe serving plate, and bake as directed. The hot plate will keep the cheese warm and gooey longer.
Recipe Link: Warm Brie With Ginger-Citrus Glaze
You can transform the leftovers from this appetizer into crostini by topping toasted French bread rounds with this creamy spread and a sprinkle of finely diced apples and toasted pecans.
This cheese dip is made heartier by the addition of chopped cooked chicken. Chopped chipotle peppers, jalapeños, and chili powder add even more heat. Prepare up to a day ahead; cover and chill in an airtight container, and bake just before serving.
- Recipe: Colby-Pepper Jack Cheese Dip
Cilantro adds a nice hint of spice to this creamy hummus dip. Serve with pita chips and sliced cucumbers.
- Recipe: Southwest White Bean Spread
For the perfect low-stress starter, try this rich and creamy baked dip.
Tip: Bake Blue Cheese-Bacon Dip in four small baking dishes, and place throughout the party area.
- Recipe: Blue Cheese-Bacon Dip
Make this appetizer your go-to crowd pleaser. Charmingly retro, the cheese ring is dressed up with sweet strawberry preserves that pair perfectly with the sharp Cheddar cheese.
Recipe: Cheese Ring with Strawberry Preserves