Is there anything more delectable than a platter or sharing board adorned with a dazzling array of dips? If you’re a grazer or sociable snacker, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re hosting a leisurely lunch al fresco or you’re looking for inspiration for a quick and simple dinner, here are some dips to elevate your meals to the next level.
Delicious Dips (You Don’t Have to Share)
It’s impossible to even think about a smorgasbord of dips without mentioning the king of spreads, guacamole. A fresh and healthy, dip made from avocados, guacamole has dominated almost every brunch menu. The great thing about guacamole is that you can use it for every meal. From Insta-worthy breakfasts to spicy, zingy tacos and fajitas, guacamole is one of the most versatile dips out there. We have curated our own Nerdie Foodie recipe that is simple but incredibly delicious. In just a few minutes, you can rustle up a punchy, flavor-packed dip that’s perfect for sharing boards, main meals, and movie night snacks. A great way to use up avocado and lemons that are about to go super ripe.
The ideal accompaniment for warm, toasted pittas, fresh bread, or tortilla chips, baba ganoush is a smoky dip made from eggplant, tahini, garlic, and lemon. Originating in the Middle East, baba ganoush translates as “spoiled father”. Once you’ve sampled this, you’ll understand the sentiment. This is a dip that makes you feel like you’ve been treated to a proper feast and then some! Suzy from The Mediterranean Dish has an awesome homemade babaganoush recipe and with social distancing, you can eat it all yourself.
Salsa may be a simple dip, but not all salsa recipes are made equal. There’s nothing more disappointing than delving into a mound of salsa to discover that it’s missing the mark. You want to create a vibrant dip that packs a real punch. One of the best things about salsa, apart from the fact that you can use it with a veritable treasure trove of dishes, is that it’s easy and quick to make. In just 5 minutes, you can turn a pile of tomatoes, an onion, and a clove of garlic into a divine dip. Whether it’s making your own salsa from scratch or buying a jar of it, salsa is incredibly versatile. Not only does it go well with chips or fresh bread, but you can also use salsa to jazz up your veggies, meat, or fish dishes for a sweet and spicy kick for your tastebuds.
Bonus: Dips Platter
Whether you’re lounging in your backyard on a hot summer’s day or planning a quiet evening in front of the TV, you can elevate snacks, sumptuous lunches, brunches, and dinners with a good dip. Who says you need to have guests over to put together a party platter… or 11. No one has to know. We won’t judge you.
As we slowly begin to reopen from the shutdown, it’s the perfect time to exercise your culinary skills and use this guide to elevate your gastronomy game. Be sure to share your dip creations with us and follow the Nerdie Foodie for more tasty treats.