If there’s only one piece of party advice you ever take, it should be this: always have dip. The best easy food for entertaining is a big bowl of dip, where people can graze and chat around like a much more interesting — and tasty — version of a water cooler. Dip brings people together, it can be made in a massive batch so it can be refilled throughout the night, and there are so many combinations of flavors, textures, and even temperatures that you can play with.
So before you throw your next party, keep this list of our five favorite dips in mind. Once you have them in your arsenal, you can dip in for ideas anytime.
No need to buy crackers or chips for this one, because bread is baked around the hot, bubbly dip so it can be cooked and served in the same skillet. It can serve 16 people too, so great for a crowd.
Don’t want to babysit a hot dip all night to make sure it doesn’t cool down too much? Beer cheese is a great alternative that is served room temp but is still cheesy. All you need is PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, KRAFT Ranch Dressing, shredded cheddar cheese, beer, and green onions. Try serving it with pretzels — either warm soft ones or rods.
Is it a party if there isn’t spinach-artichoke dip on the table? CLASSICO Alfredo Sauce is an easy shortcut to making sure the dip is extra creamy and luscious.
This dip is surprisingly meatless, so it’s great for vegetarians. Make sure to buy a sturdy chip that will stand up to all of these layers of flavors!
For last-minute entertaining, mix together this six-ingredient dip that requires no refrigeration or heating up. All you need is a bowl. As a bonus, this also tastes great spread on a bagel or used in a tea sandwich since its base is PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese. So stow a little extra in the fridge for yourself after the party ends.