15 Crowd-Pleasing Dips

These dips and spreads are sure to make any get-together a festive occasion.

Scallop-Spinach Spread

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Scallop-Spinach Spread

Give a classic dip a coastal twist by adding sautéed scallops. Combine ingredients in a dish and bake until bubbly.

Recipe: Scallop-Spinach Spread

Avocado-Corn Dip with Homemade Tortilla Chips

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Avocado-Corn Dip with Homemade Tortilla Chips

A smattering of flavors makes this dip a delicious go-to for get-togethers, but the best part of all? The homemade tortilla chips.

Recipe: Avocado-Corn Dip with Homemade Tortilla Chips

 

Caviar d’Aubergine (Eggplant Spread)

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Caviar d’Aubergine (Eggplant Spread)

What’s the secret to getting the best flavor out of your eggplant? Grill it—or just stick it under the broiler! The key is to get it soft on the inside and charred on the outside.

Recipe: Caviar D’Aubergine

 

Southwestern Cheese Spread

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Southwestern Cheese Spread

Add a little heat to your regular cheese spread with hot sauce, green onions, and Dijon mustard. Capers add just the right amount of zing.

Recipe: Southwestern Cheese Spread

Crab, Mango, and Cashew Dip

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Crab, Mango, and Cashew Dip

This gathering of flavors is delightfully unexpected and sure to become a crowd favorite. The sweet mango and salty cashews bring out the delectable crab flavor.

Recipe: Crab, Mango, and Cashew Dip

Roasted Garlic and Sun-dried Tomato Cheese Spread

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Roasted Garlic and Sun-dried Tomato Cheese Spread

Bringing out the perfect garlic flavor is as simple as popping a few cloves in the oven—the perfect complement to sun-dried tomatoes.

Recipe: Roasted Garlic and Sun-dried Tomato Cheese Spread

 

Blue Crab Dip

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Blue Crab Dip

This dip will make you believe that Swiss cheese and blue crab must be soulmates. Bake until bubbly and serve with crackers or toasted baguette slices.

Recipe: Blue Crab Dip

 

Green Apple-Cucumber Salsa

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Green Apple-Cucumber Salsa

Guests will love this new approach to enjoying Granny Smiths. A jalapeño chile delivers heat, while brown sugar lends sweetness to the dish.

Recipe: Green Apple-Cucumber Salsa

 

Goat Cheese Mousse

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Goat Cheese Mousse

This rich goat cheese dip isn’t your average indulgence. Serve alongside cranberry chutney.

Recipe: Goat Cheese Mousse

Hot Crab and Shrimp Dip

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Hot Crab and Shrimp Dip

Smoked cheese adds depth to the shellfish flavor and turns any chilly night into a cozy occasion. Entertaining tip: This dip feeds a lot, so it’s easy on your wallet.

Recipe: Hot Crab and Shrimp Dip

 

Smoked Bluefish Dip

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Smoked Bluefish Dip

Get this easy dip ready in less than 10 minutes. If you can’t find bluefish, you can always substitute tuna or trout.

Recipe: Smoked Bluefish Dip

 

Cod, Artichoke, & White Bean Dip

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Cod, Artichoke, & White Bean Dip

Fresh rosemary, cayenne pepper, and lemon zest are just the right harmony of flavors to bring the cod, artichokes, and white beans together. Preparation is as easy as combining ingredients in a food processor.

Recipe: Cod, Artichoke, & White Bean Dip

 

Seviche de Camarones con Mango y Habanero

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Seviche de Camarones con Mango y Habanero

This shellfish alternative to the typical fish seviche calls for cooked shrimp. Turn up the heat with habanero chile and garlic, and then tame it with sweet avocado and mango.

Recipe: Seviche de Camarones con Mango y Habanero

 

Fresh Guacamole

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Fresh Guacamole

A delicious guacamole always disappears fast. Try adding fresh pomegranate seeds for a holiday twist.

Recipe: Fresh Guacamole

 

Vineyard Lobster Dip

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Vineyard Lobster Dip

A light combination of mayonnaise, red onion, celery, and lemon doesn’t overpower the refreshing flavor of chopped lobster. Serve with crackers, pita chips, or raw veggies.

Recipe: Vineyard Lobster Dip

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