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Easy and good dip and appetizer recipes?

Hey Hounds! My husband and I are having some friends over on Saturday for a little pre-New Year's dinner. Any ideas for some no-fail dips and appetizers to hold everyone over until the main event?

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  1. Everyone loves that spinach & cheese dip served in a hollowed out loaf of bread.

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    1. re: Main Line Tracey

      I always make this (but not in a bread loaf) - and everyone goes nuts.

      1/2 C cream cheese
      1/2 C sour cream (I think the og recipe called for mayo - but i don't really like it)
      1 can artichokes hearts (drained)
      1 package spinach (drained)
      3-7 cloves garlic (depending on your crowd)
      parmesan cheese
      jack cheese

      blend cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, artichokes, and spinach in food processer. i put some cheese (parm and jack) into this mix - and sprinkle on top. bake at 325/350 for about 10-20 minutes. it's delicous.

      sometimes, i put some cayanne pepper in too.

    2. I do a quick simple one that is always popular when I serve it. I've posted it before.

      Get some of the little Siljan cups and fill them with about a teaspoon of good brie, then top with about 1/4 tsp. of fig preserves. Put them in an oven at about 350 just until they're warmed through and the brie is soft - only about 3 - 5 minutes.

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      1. re: Andiereid

        Sorry, what are Siljan cups? Sounds like my kind of recipe!
        Thank you~!

        1. re: Kathi

          Kathi, they're those little croustades. I find them on the cracker aisle at the grocery with the nicer crackers.

          1. re: Andiereid

            Hey Andiereid, I finally got to try this out on New Year's eve. I used phyllo cups and alternated fig jam and cranberry-raspberry sauce in them before topping with brie and baking til bubbly. It was a huge hit. People were devouring them! Thanks for the great idea!

            1. re: Heatherb

              Sure thing, Heatherb! Glad it worked out! I like them because they're so simple.

      2. Buy some lavash bread and make quick and easy flatbread pizzas with sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, and/or roasted garlic, top with shredded moz and parmesan and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. These can be thrown together and baked at the last minute. They are no fail.

        1. Depending on where you live and you have access to it, you could make crab dip. That's usually a hit.

          1. If you've got lots of leftover cheese of different kinds, Alton Brown has an awesome cheese dip recipe. Scroll almost to the end of this transcript: http://www.goodeatsfanpage.com/Season...