Whether you're excited about game day because of the football, the commercials or the halftime show, there's no denying that the highlight is always the food. From cheesy entrées to crunchy chips to smooth dips, it’s a feast. This year step up your game and make your own dips — it’s easier than you think.
There’s more than one dip on your table (right?), so there should also be a variety of dippers to choose from including chips (potato, vegetable, tortilla or pita), whole grain crackers, a rainbow of cut veggies (think broccoli, celery, bell or sweet peppers, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, cauliflower and radishes). And be sure to accommodate your guests’ dietary needs and preferences with gluten-free crackers and chips and dips that feature non-dairy alternatives including yogurt, cheese, sour cream and cream cheese.
Here are 9 dip recipes for your game-watching party:
1. Classic Blue Cheese Dressing
Wings are a game-day staple, and luckily our ready-to-bake Animal Welfare Rated Seasoned & Marinated Chicken Wings — just $2.99 LB from 1/31/17 - 2/6/18* — make it easy. They’re from chicken raised on vegetarian feed with no antibiotics, and we’ve prepared them in a variety of flavors, like Blazing Buffalo, Garlic Parmesan and Sweet Thai Chili. Serve with a creamy blue cheese dressing for a classic pairing.
2. Caramelized Onion Dip
No one will guess there’s tofu in this recipe! Our recipe packs tons of flavor thanks to Greek yogurt and caramelized onions and pairs perfectly with crunchy, thick cut Kettle Potato Chips, which are on sale 2 for $3 from 1/31/17 - 2/6/18* (4.2-5 oz). They’re made with whole potatoes and no trans fats and are available in a ton of unique flavors.
3. Oaxacan-Style Guacamole
Made with two avocadoes, garlic, green onion, cilantro and a jalapeño pepper, this is the guacamole you’ve been dreamy about. The best part? Organic avocados are on sale 2 for $3 from 1/31/17 - 2/6/18*, so stock up on avocados to double your recipe. Remember, one small avocado contains 11g of “good” fats and is an excellent source of fiber, folate and vitamin K.
4. Vegan and Dairy-Free Creamy Spinach Dip
Rich avocado and puréed white beans give this new take on a popular favorite its creamy texture.
5. Warm Broccoli Cheese Dip
Hot dips are always crowd-pleasers on a cold day. Winter warmers like this demand a sturdy dipper like crostini, toast or crackers.
6. Vegan Creamy Cucumber Dip
This smooth and herby dip is undeniably satisfying. Pair with fresh veggies like colorful sweet mini peppers (which are on sale for $4.99 for a 2-pound bag from 1/31/17 - 2/6/18*). Bonus points for vitamin C and fiber!
7. Spicy Cheddar-Jack Cauliflower Dip
Fans of cauliflower rice and pizza crust will discover more reasons to cheer for this veggie. Cooked cauliflower is puréed and combined with cheese, spinach, garlic and jalapeño in this tasty dip.
8. Carrot Cashew Spread
Three simple ingredients (carrots, raw cashews and apricots) come together for a differently delicious dip. Try with whole grain crackers.
9. Simple No-Oil Hummus
Homemade hummus made without olive oil? You bet. Serve with lightly toasted pita bread and crisp veggies.
*Valid 1/31/17 - 2/6/18. While supplies last. Not valid at Whole Foods Market 365™ stores. U.S. only. No rain checks. Chicken wing sale excludes organic and cooked.