It's a warm, gooey, dippable masterpiece.
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Credit: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

No matter how many holiday parties we host, or how many we attend with hostess gift and appetizer in tow, it's always a tad daunting to realize you need to think of yet another holiday party snack to make this year. Because we're no one-trick-pony, showing up with the same recipe year after year (unless it's so dang delicious that requests pour in leading up to the occasion, which tends to happen when Mama's on the list). Rather, we want to bring that new crowd-favorite recipe everyone is huddling around the whole evening, waiting oh-so-politely for their next turn.

Luckily, we happen to know a dip that is just that: a warm, gooey, dippable appetizer that stands out every time. And as if it couldn't get any better, it only takes three ingredients and your cast iron skillet. No joke. So while everyone is trying their hand at fancy schmancy noshes or grabbing last-minute storebought bites, you're showing up with the horse to beat. Meaning, we'd bet on it any day.

For this party-worthy dip: goat cheese, fig preserves, and toasted pecans are the trio of perfection. Start with a handy cast iron skillet. You can use miniature cast iron skillets for an even more festive presentation. Preheat the oven to 350˚. Throw goat cheese into the cast iron skillet, spreading it out a bit for an even coverage; but don't pack it down! (Depending on the size of the skillet or guest list, we typically buy two to three goat cheese logs.) Layer over with fig preserves or jam. We prefer the chunkier texture of preserves, but jam works just as well. Bake until melty, bordering on bubbly, about 15 to 20 minutes. Top with toasted pecans; toast these beforehand, so as to not accidentally burn them while baking the dip. We prefer whole or halved toasted pecans, instead of finely chopped. Serve with crackers, baguette slices, or apple slices. The cast iron skillet will help keep the dish from cooling down as quickly.

This dip may sound simple, but it literally never fails to get rave reviews. The tangy creaminess of the goat cheese, sweet fruitiness of the preserves, and nutty crunch from pecans help this recipe hit the trifecta of Christmas party success. Your guests, with crackers patiently waiting in hand, will be fighting over each dip into this masterpiece all night long.

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Do you have any incredibly easy, crowd-pleasing holiday appetizers you can always depend on to wow the crowd at any holiday party? We're always looking out for the best bites of the holiday season.