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Aug 24, 2007 11:22 AM

What is the best dip you ever had and the recipe?

I am having a party and want to make a couple of really delicious dips that will be universally loved by everyone. I wouldn't mind a couple of kid friendly ones too. I want the kids of recipes where everyone is clamoring to get to it and its so good that there is not a drop left. Got any recipes like that?

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  1. Here's a copy and paste of a dip posted a few months back. Once the temps dip back into the double digits in the South, I might make this.

    Brought this dip to our son's house for the playoffs last year...all his friends kept going into the kitchen and saying "What IS this???? Who MADE this???? Dude, did you TASTE that?"

    Bonnie's Buffalo Chicken Dip

    4 - boneless skinless chicken breast halves, about 2 pounds, boiled and shredded with 2 forks (I do mine in the crockpot and then I have homemade chicken broth for other cooking uses; the meat shreds so beautifully, too.)

    1 - 12 ounce bottle Frank's Hot Sauce (try NOT to substitute....Crystal is passable but whatever you do, do NOT use Tabasco!)

    2 - 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened

    1 - 16 ounce bottle Ranch dressing

    1/2 cup chopped celery

    8 - ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack cheese or combo thereof

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a 13x9x2 inch baking pan, combine the cooked, shredded chicken meat with the entire bottle of Frank's, spreading to form an even layer.

    In a saucepan over medium heat, combine cream cheese and entire bottle of Ranch dressing, stirring til hot and smooth. Pour this mixture evenly over chicken mixture.

    Sprinkle with chopped celery. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Then add the shredded cheese and bake uncovered for another 20 minutes or til bubbly--do not overbake or the cheese topping will get browned and hardened! Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes. Serve with celery pieces (cut the celery cross-wise, not want the dip to get scooped into the celery piece)...or with any sturdy dipping chip like Tostito Golds.

    18 Replies
    1. re: southernitalian

      Oh my gosh, that sounds great! Can't wait until the sons are all together again...they'll go crazy. thanks for the recipe!

      1. re: southernitalian

        I made this yesterday for a small birthday party for my son. Everyone loved it... including me! Thanks for the great recipe. It was so easy too.

        1. re: southernitalian

          This is an awesome dip! I use half blue cheese dressing and half ranch dressing, and I use half blue cheese and half cheddar cheese in mine...rave reviews every time I've made it!!!

          1. re: southernitalian

            I've used this recipe before, and it's always a hit. After making it several times, I found an even easier version with the same taste......simply layer the ingredients in a glass dish--cream cheese on the bottom, ranch dressing and hot sauce mixed together, cooked chicken, cheese....then microwave it rather than bake (the cheese doesn't get hard that way) . Scoop with celery sticks or nacho chips.

            1. re: chocoannie

              Wow, thanks, will try this tomorrow.

            2. re: southernitalian

              I googled "best party dip" and this came up. Yowza! It's true, the party guests ate this UP. And it was sort of a fancy party with high-end cheeses, "whole" snacks, etc. - but when folks are drinking on a Saturday afternoon, this is the bowl that get licked clean. Making for another party today! Oh, and I used the tip from one of the comments to add blue cheese along with the well as a mixture of ranch & blue cheese dip. Thanks!

              1. re: southernitalian

                Great, but how about us cowards, that cant tolerate that much HOT SAUCE? what can I substitute for a more 'mild' NOT SO SPICY dip? thanks, H.

                1. re: Helenem55

                  How about a hot sauce that's not so hot?

                  1. re: Helenem55

                    You could use a green chili (verde) sauce which would be milder. You could look at some hot wings recipes that aren't so hot and use that sauce.

                    However, keep in mind that fat cuts heat from spice. That's why you see blue cheese or ranch dressing with buffalo wings. Otherwise, nobody could eat them. They will take a hot wing and dip it right into that ranch dressing. It is actually a bit of a parlor trick.

                    So next time, someone invites you to try their firehouse whatever, ask for some queso, quacamole, sour cream or even a glass of milk.

                    1. re: Helenem55

                      How about going over to the veggies-and-cream-cheese-dip area, and asking if every little dip has any kind of spice in it? Or bringing your own store-bought ranch dip and chips? OR...I dunno, staying home where you can control the heat of everything?

                      1. re: VikingKvinna

                        wow, that is harsh, vk! did you mean to be mean?

                        and helen, frank's hot sauce isn't extremely hot; or use less than the whole bottle == to taste.

                        1. re: alkapal

                          actually, there are 2 Frank's, 1 is hotter, look for Orignal. It would change the recipe, but if you buy a mild wing sauce instead of Frank's hot sauce it might be more tolerable for you.

                          1. re: pamd

                            I LOVE Frank's (original) Hot Sauce, hot sauce with flavor...I could drink it!

                            1. re: Funwithfood

                              yes, good flavor, medium heat, not overly vinegar-y. good (best) all-round hot sauce in my book.

                      2. re: Helenem55

                        How about like ordering med or mild wings, Cut it with some butter???

                      3. re: southernitalian

                        I was at a party the other night. The host came out and put a hot dish of dip on the table along with the tortilla chips. At first I thought it was this dip. It wasn't. It was even better. She took store-bought pimento cheese (although I know she can make a mean version herself!) and added medium shrimp which she had cooked, cleaned and cut in half. Then she sprinkled some Old Bay on top and baked it. It was outrageously good and we did our best to hide it from the other guests until we'd had our fill. So good. Definitely going to be making this a few times this summer. Flies right into the face of my seafood/cheese issue, I know. But so good!

                        1. re: southernitalian

                          My dad made up this dip years ago. He made it with crab and shrimp in the crockpot.
                          I've been looking for a recipe shrimp/cheese spread for years and can't find it. I wonder if its this, only served chilled?

                        2. re: southernitalian

                          Made this on the weekend for a group of 10 that have a monthly dinner club. I thought it was the best dip ever. In fact I continue to dream about it! However, I was the only one eating it because everyone else couldn't take the spice! My friends are light weights! Just kidding guys.... I love ya anyway! I now have a large tray of this that I'm working my way through!

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                          1. I'm asked for this recipe pretty much every time it's served.

                            Saute 3 Vidalia onions, coarsely chopped, in 2 TBSP butter/margarine.

                            Mix: 8oz. of grated sharp cheddar cheese
                            1 cup mayo
                            1 minced clove garlic
                            1/2 tsp. hot sauce

                            Stir in onions. Bake in b uttered baking dish at 375 for 25 minutes.
                            Good with any type of cracker, bread, some even like it with veggies.

                            3 Replies
                            1. re: beccaboo

                              I have stuck my entire head in a molten-hot Pyrex of that Vidalia dip before.

                              1. re: beccaboo

                                this reminds me of one that I love from Southern Living- and like yours is requested often!

                              2. maybe not the best dip i ever had, but easy and good

                                1/4 cup mayo
                                1/4 cup sour cream
                                1 tablespoon lemon juice
                                1 tablespoon curry powder (adjust to your taste)

                                1 Reply
                                1. re: KaimukiMan

                                  I use a version of this as a super quick sauce for steamed veggies like broccoli, carrots..everything!

                                  1Tbs mayo
                                  2Tbs sour cream
                                  Lemon juice (or milk) to sauce consistency
                                  Curry powder to taste

                                  As yummy as it is easy, if there's any left over (rarely) I toss it in chicken or tuna salad, or drizzle over baked potatoes or even steak. Hmmmm good!

                                2. If you have access to Cincy chili (skyline in cans or frozen) at your grocery store - you shoud if you have Krogers and might if you have other stores - it's fabulous baked with cheese and cream cheese. Truly. One of those embarrassing non-recipes that people always ask for and you're embarrassed to tell them. Somewhere I have a good artichoke dip and White Bean too if they sound good (and they are "real" recipes). Oh and other foodies I know have mentioned that buffalo chicken one too. Have never made it but heard it's great.