A popular trend that is currently taking Tik Tok by storm is a party called ‘dip night’; and what better time to explain this event than around March 23, national chip and dip day? To join in on this festivity, all you have to do is gather a group of friends together, make all different kinds of dips and indulge yourself in a night full of loud crunches and gooey-ness!
Upon researching what most people bring to the dip-fest, I have compiled a list of popular dishes and also included some of my personal favorites:
Spinach and Artichoke Dip – Creamy, heavy and oh so good, spinach and artichoke dip will undoubtedly have you licking not only your fingers but the empty bowl too. This one may be a little detrimental towards any lactose intolerant party-goers, but speaking as one myself, it is so worth it. Quickly pop those “Lactaid” pills and get to chowing down on some yummy dip! Most people use tortilla chips for this combo, but you can also pair it with toasted baguette slices or breadsticks.
Buffalo Chicken Dip – Buffalo chicken is definitely a must-have item when it comes to a dip get-together. While it is almost always a traditional addition, the reoccurring flavors never get old. There is just something so special about the sauce’s tang, the cheesy chicken and the salty chip combo that leaves your stomach begging for more.
Personal tip: “Frank’s Red Hot Sauce” truly completes this dish, so swap your usual buffalo condiment with this mouth-watering dressing instead.
Pizza Dip – A usual pizza dip may only include marinara sauce, cheese and pepperoni, but it’s your meal – so don’t be shy when adding some more ingredients to the mix! In any typical Italian restaurant, a pizza menu traditionally includes an abundance of toppings from mushrooms, olives, peppers, onions and sausage to anything else your heart desires. As long as you don’t put pineapples into your creation, I think anything else you incorporate into your bowl sounds like a perfect pizza dip to me.
French Onion Dip – Any good party has french onion dip, am I right? The “Heluva good!” brand is a super nostalgic taste for me since this is a constant snack for my family during the summer. However, I think it would be so much more exciting making a homemade one and sharing it with loved ones. And of course, with any type of french onion dip, the superior chip choice to use would always have to be wavy “Lays.” Trust me.
Jalapeno popper dip – I don’t get to eat jalapeno poppers very often, but a wide smile will creep across my face when I do. This is especially true when I heat up some “TGI Fridays” cheddar cheese poppers or visit my local Sonic. Thankfully, you can turn this flavorful finger food into another delectable version within 20 minutes. Partner this deep-dish style with “Tostitos” scoops and you’ll soon be on your way to a food coma!
Crab Dip – Is anyone else overly obsessed with crab rangoons, or am I the only one? Well, even if there aren’t a lot of you who agree with me, this one is for my crab lovers. This recipe is heavily reliant on all kinds of cheesy goodness, and obviously, crab meat. You can use any kind of chip of your liking for this appetizer, but what I suggest is some delicious fried wonton chips in order to closely resemble a rangoon.
Seven-Layer Dip – Some traditional dips that are common within Mexican culture consists of queso, salsa and guacamole. But since we’re already going all out in snacks, you can even step it up a notch and bake a seven-layer dip. This tasty creation piles on multiple coats of ingredients that include cheese, sour cream, beans, guacamole, salsa, olives, tomatoes and green onions. Although, some chefs often add jalapenos for a little extra spice or lettuce for some more depth.
S’mores Dip – You guessed it! The name is quite literally as telling as it can get. All you have to do to create this dessert is melt some marshmallows on top of any type of chocolate, and you’re done. To finish it off, you can sink in some smaller graham cracker pieces to use as your ‘chip,’ and you’ve easily recreated the ultimate summer treat.
Cannoli Dip – With only five ingredients, you can quickly make a deconstructed Italian favorite: cannolis. This dish will be a perfect balance to all of the several other savory spreads presented beside it. To perfectly accomplish a true sweet nosh, lay out an assortment of smashed cannoli bits, waffle cone pieces, vanilla wafers, pretzels or ginger snaps to use as your edible spoon.
These are only a handful of the hundreds of dip recipes out there for you to try and recreate at your own dip night party. So hurry up, go to your nearest store and stock up on some heavy-duty tortilla chips; you’ve got a lot of dips to try!