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24 dip recipes perfect for entertaining

It’s not a party without the dip!

By BTYB Kettle Crafted
Nothing beats a successful night of at-home entertaining. Be it a lavish dinner party or a casual barbecue, seeing friends and family gather to enjoy good company and good food is always a delight.
While entertaining can be joyous, sometimes the stress of food prep can get the better of you — especially if you're planning on feeding a lot of guests. That's where the humble dip comes into play.
A crowd-pleasing starter, dips always pack a flavour punch, plus they keep your visitor's tastebuds occupied until the main meal is served. But, where there is dip, there are crackers, and with so many varieties available, sometimes is can be tricky to choose the right base. Available at Coles in a selection of three flavours — Sea Salt, Chilli Jam and Burnt Fig (our favourite is Chilli Jam), Kettle Flat Bread Crackers are a flavoursome, wholegrain cracker choice that is perfect for dipping!
Feeling inspired to try out some new dip recipes at your next soirée? These easy-to-make recipes are the perfect mixture of classic and modern dips that your guests are sure to love.
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    Gourmet guacamole

    Queso anejo and poblano chillies bring an authentic Mexican flavour to this gourmet guacamole. If you can't lay your hands on any queso anejo, you can use parmesan and other similar cheeses in its place.

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    Eggplant dip (melitzanosalata)

    Smooth and smoky roasted eggplant dip, also known as melitzanosalata, is delicious served as part of a Greek platter.

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    Yoghurt and cucumber dip (tzatziki)

    Light, fresh and creamy, this classic Greek tzatziki dip is beautiful enjoyed with vegetable sticks, crackers, bread and as part of a tasting plate when entertaining guests.

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    Crab dip

    This crab dip literally couldn't be easier, or yummier. Serve with fresh vegetable sticks or crisp flat bread.

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    Spiced chickpea and yogurt dip

    Smoky with sumac and tahini, this spiced chickpea and yogurt dip is surprisingly easy to make, and entirely delicious.

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    Carrot dip

    Cumin gives a lovely hint of spice to this sweet carrot dip. Serve as part of an after-school snack with blanched vegetables such as snow peas, baby corn or red capsicum (bell peppers).

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    Taramasalata

    Taramasalata is a Greek meze that takes its name from the Greek name for salted cod roe - tarama. This recipe uses mashed potato but there are variations using bread soaked in water. The colour of this dip can vary from beige to pink depending on the roe (commercial taramasalata is often coloured pink).

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    Tahini dip

    For that party, barbecue or family get-together, it's tempting to just scoop up a selection of dips from the supermarket. Make your own, however, and you'll save money, know exactly what has gone into the food, plus most homemade dips, like this one, are ridiculously quick and easy to make.

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    Slada felfla (capsicum dip)

    Red capsicum dip is nutritious, tastes great and is very easy to make. Here, we've given you a spiced up Moroccan version. Serve dip with crusty bread; we used toasted pitta bread.

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    Ricotta and fetta dip

    This creamy and lemony dip is delicious and dead easy to make. You can adjust the lemon juice and garlic to taste.

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    Yellow split pea dip

    Deliciously creamy and packed full of the goodness of yellow split peas, this tasty dip is perfect enjoyed with veggie sticks or cracker as a afternoon snack or starter.

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    Sardine dip

    This incredibly tasty dip goes well with crusty bread and crackers. Serve sprinkled with extra finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, if you like.

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    Blue cheese dip

    This flavoursome dip goes well with crudités, potato wedges or barbecued chicken wings.

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    Turkish spinach dip

    This dip is so versatile in what dishes it can be paired with. Or go simple and accompany just with pittas or Turkish bread.

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    Smoked trout dip

    The potato in this smoked trout dip adds a lovely robust flavour and a creamy texture. It goes beautifully with tostini, crackers, or vegetable sticks

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    Artichoke spinach dip

    Creamy and punchy, this spinach and artichoke dip works wonderfully with crunchy Turkish toast for a moreish share platter addition.

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    Turkish beetroot dip

    With its gorgeous hue, beetroot can't help but be a startling inclusion in any recipe.

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    Bacon and corn dip

    This savoury dip is quick and easy to make and goes equally well with corn chips, crudités, or vegetable sticks. It's perfect for a gathering of family and friends, or an after-school snack.

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