It Wouldn’t Be a Southern Christmas Without This Easy Appetizer
This dip is a crowd-pleaser at any holiday gathering.
Nothing brings people together at a party faster than a great bowl of dip. Especially our Warm Turnip Greens Dip. Around the Southern Living office, this dip is legendary. Staffers serve it at cocktail parties, as a pre-Christmas dinner appetizer, at holiday potlucks, and throughout the year on game days and at cookouts.
Made with frozen turnip greens, white wine, garlic, and crushed red pepper, the dip has a spicy bite that is balanced out with creamy richness from cream cheese, sour cream, and Parmesan cheese. Think of it as your favorite warm spinach dip with a Southern accent and way more personality. We recommend topping the dip with chopped bacon and serving with hot sauce on the side, for those who like their greens extra spicy.
Another reason to love this dip is that it is extremely customizable and can be tailored to your crowd. For vegetarians, you can omit the bacon and sauté the onion and garlic in one tablespoon of olive oil. For the health-conscious, you can swap out low-fat cream cheese for full-fat, and replace the sour cream with plain Greek yogurt. Fresh greens will work just as well in the recipe as frozen ones—this is a great way to use up a bounty of turnip (or collard) greens from your garden.
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Best of all, this dip can be made in advance—which is always music to a holiday host's ears. Prepare the recipe as directed through step 2, then cover the dish with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and chill 8 hours. Bake the dip, covered with aluminum foil, at 350° F for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with the cooked, chopped bacon before serving with crackers and chips.