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What’s a Game Day without Dip?

[ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED HERE AT VALLEY ON NOVEMBER 8, 2016]

The final football game of the 2016-2017 NFL season is here. But lets be real, the best part of Super Bowl Sunday is the food. If you don’t know what to contribute to your Super Bowl viewing party tonight, consider whipping together one of these dip recipes. After all, what is a game day without chips and dip?

Loaded Baked Potato Dip

(No oven or microwave required.)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 8-ounce package softened cream cheese
  • 1 8-ounce container sour cream
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix
  • 3 thinly sliced green onions (Scallions can be used instead.)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 ounces bacon bits

How to make it:

  • Mix together cream cheese, sour cream and ranch dressing mix in a big bowl.
  • Mix in the green onions (or scallions), cheddar cheese, and bacon bits.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least eight hours before serving.
  • Serve with plain ruffled chips.
Buffalo Chicken Dip

What you’ll need:

  • 2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • ¾ cup red hot sauce
  • 1 10-ounce can drained, canned chicken (If canned meat isn’t your style, get a rotisserie chicken and eyeball how much of that to use.)

How to make it:

  • Mix cream cheese, ranch dressing, and red hot sauce in a bowl.
  • Mix in chicken.
Cream Cheese Taco Dip 

(No oven or microwave required.)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 16-ounce container sour cream
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 package taco seasoning (Taco Bell seasoning is the best!)
  • 1 16-ounce jar salsa
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 large tomato
  • ¼ cup black olives
  • 3 finely chopped scallions

How to make it:

  • Make sure you have a dish that’s big enough to hold at least seven cups.
  • Mix sour cream, cream cheese, and taco seasoning together.
  • Pour this mixture into that big dish mentioned earlier.
  • Pour salsa on top of the sour cream mix.
  • Spread cheese out on top of the salsa.
  • Dice tomatoes and spread those out on top of the cheese.
  • Scatter your olives and scallions on top.
  • Serve with chips!
Spinach Artichoke Dip 

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups Parmesan cheese
  • 1 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach (Don’t forget to thaw!)
  • 1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts (drain and chop)
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

How to make it:

  • Preheat your over to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. (Sorry, people in dorms.)
  • Mix Parmesan with spinach and artichoke hearts.
  • Mix sour cream, cream cheese, mayonnaise and minced garlic in a separate bowl.
  • Combine two mixtures into a glass dish.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes.
  • Serve with toasted bread.
BLT Dip

(No oven or microwave required.)

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups of (low-fat) mayonnaise
  • 2 lbs. sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 6 chopped plum tomatoes
  • 3 chopped green onions

How you make it:

  • Mix together sour cream, mayonnaise, bacon, tomatoes and onions.
  • Refrigerate until you serve it.
  • Serve with crackers.
Yogurt Fruit Dip 

(No oven or microwave required.)

What you’ll need:

  • 8 ounces vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
  • Whatever fruit you want!

How you make it:

  • Mix together the vanilla yogurt, brown sugar and lemon juice.
  • While your dip is refrigerating, slice up your fruit.
Peanut Butter Football Dip

(No oven or microwave required.)

A small disclaimer about this one: it’s intended to be shaped into a football, but it will taste the exact same if you choose not to do that! Just mix in the chocolate chips or sprinkles in with everything else.

What you’ll need:

  • ¼ cup softened butter
  • 4 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup peanut butter (Crunchy works well!)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • Chocolate sprinkles or mini chocolate chips
  • White frosting (if you decide to actually make it into a football shape)

How to make it:

  • Mix together the cream cheese, butter, peanut butter and (lastly) vanilla.
  • Add powdered sugar to this mixture ½ cup of a time until it’s all in there. Then, mix in the chocolate chips.
  • If you’re feeling a little extra, empty this mixture out onto a sheet of wax paper. Mold your mixture into a football shape.
  • Slap your peanut butter football on a plate and then cover it in your sprinkles/mini chocolate chips.
  • Use your white frosting to make the laces on your football.
  • Serve with either pretzels or plain animal crackers.
Samoa Dip

(No oven or microwave required.)

What you’ll need:

  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 8 ounces thawed cool whip
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1/8 cup caramel sauce
  • ½ cup toasted coconut
  • Chocolate/caramel sauce to drizzle on top

How to make it:

  • Mix together cream cheese, cool whip, powdered sugar and caramel sauce in a bowl.
  • Pour the mixture into a serving bowl but make sure you leave room around the rim of the bowl for the toppings.
  • Cover the dip with the toasted coconut.
  • Drizzle on as much of the chocolate sauce and caramel sauce as you’d like!
  • Serve with graham crackers or vanilla wafers.
Maple Bacon Dip 

A small disclaimer about this one: This recipe is not for the faint of heart. Of all the dips on the list, this is the most difficult. Good luck!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 8-ounce package softened cream cheese
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 5 tbsp. pure maple syrup (NOT regular pancake syrup)
  • 5 thick slices of bacon
  • 2 tbsp. light brown sugar

How to make it:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Wrap the bottom of a baking sheet with foil and place a cookie cooling rack on top.
  • Spray the rack with non-stick cooking spray before placing bacon strips on rack.
  • Heat light brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup in the microwave and then brush this mixture on the bacon.
  • Bake bacon in the oven for approximately 35 minutes or until brown and crispy.
  • Take the bacon out of the oven and let cool.
  • Mix cream cheese and butter in a bowl and then add in the dark brown sugar and powdered sugar.
  • Crumble four out of the five strips of bacon into the dip and mix it well.
  • Crumble the last piece of bacon on top and serve immediately with apple slices.

Now that you’ve got some options, choose your favorites and get cooking. You’ve got a game to watch!

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