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Absolute killer dip recipes?

As part of the run-up to the Super Bowl we're having the second annual dip-off at work. We'll bring our dips, and there will be a blind taste test. I want to win this year. I need a recipe that's a guaranteed show-stopper. And it has to be something that I can make in advance and transport by subway. Ideas???

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  1. Look Up Ina Garten's Pan Fried Onion Dip (you know, barefoot contessa). It is supposed to be fantastic.

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    1. re: stellamystar

      I second the pan fried onion dip WOW!!!

      1. re: kkbriggs

        Thanks, kkbriggs. Several of those sound good. But I need something with a real "wow" factor. A crab dip won last year. I'm not serving caviar but I need something with special ingredients. Stella, I have made something similar to that onion dip before, and I'm sure I'd love Ina's version. But an onion dip, even a great one, isn't going to stand out from the crowd. Last year I made a roasted red pepper and feta dip that I thought was yummy but I came in third or fourth or something.

        1. re: NYCkaren

          Would you mind sharing your recipe with us? Love feta!

      2. I have improvised a "bacon-wrapped scallop" dip. I mix crumbled cooked bacon and raw chopped scallops into cream cheese, with old bay, some lemon, salt, pepper to taste. Then, I bake until it is all bubbly so the scallops are cooked. It's really good. I can't give you a definite recipe, since I just kind of do it, but there isn't much science to mixing three delicious ingredients.

          1. I'm thinking something on the lines of a chicken peanut sate dip -- kind of like chicken sate with peanut sauce except with the chicken already incorporated.

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            1. re: Miss Needle

              That sounds good, Miss Needle. Out of the ordinary. But would it be good cold? Or could I heat it up in the microwave? Same with the scallop and bacon dip mentioned above. I'm afraid microwaving it might make the scallops rubbery.

              1. re: NYCkaren

                I picture this as a dip to be served warm. I have never made this -- it's just a figment of my imagination. I'm not a fan of microwaving. However, I think it will work with little detriment to the final product. I can definitely see microwaving altering the scallops, but chicken is OK.

                1. re: NYCkaren

                  Interesting on the microwaving. I think I'd say to just undercook it a bit and finish the dip in the microwave. The scallops are in the dip already, so really stay pretty tasty. I've accidentally left it in the oven for a while and still been quite pleased. The pieces are little, almost blended in, so they're more about taste than texture.