Game days demand your full attention. You’ve got to keep your eye on the ball, not your fork and knife. That’s why dips make the perfect game day snack. They’re incredibly versatile and simple to make.
Our recipe ambassadors have come up with a handful of all-star dips that are twists on some classics. For example, turn an East Coast favorite sandwich into a delicious dip. For another, toss three popular ingredients together, and you’re ready to kick things off. Whatever your taste, you’re sure to find a flavor profile your whole team can enjoy… in between whistles.
This recipe comes from blogger ambassador Emily of Jelly Toast:
Wanting your cheese without the guilt? This Baked Vegetable Cheese Dip is a simple dip with a bases of creamy cream cheese, a touch of mayo, some shredded colby jack cheese for color and flavor, and lots and lots of sauteed veggies. The veggies add texture, color, and flavor to this appetizer, and who are we kidding? It’s nice to work in a little nutrition."
This recipe is from Kylee of Kylee's Kitchen':
What is it about buffalo chicken dip that is so addicting? It is an absolute necessity at every tailgate and football party. It doesn’t matter if you’re a gourmet chef or the biggest food snob; I guarantee you will be drawn in by this buffalo chicken dip’s gravitational pul. It’s spicy, it’s creamy, it’s cheesy—what’s not to love?"
This recipe is from Jamie of Love Bakes Good Cakes:
Turn your favorite Asian appetizer into a dip. This Crab Rangoon dip is a blend of crab meat, Challenge Cream Cheese, green onions, soy sauce, sour cream, and topped with sweet and sour sauce. Easy homemade wonton chips make for perfect dippers."
This recipe is from Taylor of Food Faith Fitness:
Coach is calling a sneak play with this one. This creamy buffalo chicken dip tastes so good your guests won’t even know it’s packed with hidden veggies! Plus, it’s a low maintenance dip that cooks in the slow cooker, freeing you up for your favorite pregame ritual, like painting a team sign [or your face]. Sure, it’s a healthy, low carb, and gluten free appetizer for game day, but your fans would never know it. The cauliflower adds creaminess without a hint of healthy flavor."
This recipe comes from Christin of Spicy Southern Kitchen:
If you’re a fan of Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches, you are not going to be able to get enough of this dip. It’s so cheesy, creamy, and warm and loaded with flavorful chunks of steak, onions, and peppers. Serve it with a toasted baguette, tortilla chips, or even pita chips, and you have one heck of a game day snack or party appetizer."
Don't forget the Dippers
Great dips need complimentary dippers. Many of the above recipes suggest tortilla chips, wonton chips, pretzels, or French bread. These all work well, but you could incorporate healthy dippers like apples, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower, or go the other direction with cookies and marshmallows, depending on the flavor profile.
Lastly, just as there's a rulebook for the big game, you need to be familiar with proper dipping etiquette. Double dipping—when you re-dip a chip you’ve already bitten—is a personal foul and will get a flag thrown every time. Here are a few ideas to help keep your guests from double-dipping:
- Provide spoons for dips so guests will double dip from their own plates
- Break chips, bread pieces, pretzels in half before dipping
- Put a big sign on the table that reads “No Double Dipping!” [We're kidding. Ok, maybe we're not.]
You make the call. Whatever play you make on game day, you can keep it simple and tasty with any of these dips.