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bored with clam dip--football season, need inspiration PLEASE

For the past (too many) years , we have been eating clam dip during our ritual football game watching. I'm bored with it now. I love dips with corn or potato chips and must have this easily eaten food at the game. I need inspiration. I have looked up dips on Google,Kraft foods, websites etc. There are hundreds.I have also checked out dip topics on this board as well. Was hoping that you CH's have some tried and true, cream cheese, sour cream "type" dips that you can pass on.

Oh, can't use nuts and can't be too spicy

Thanks for your help!!!!

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  1. Hi Rockles.....not sure if you've seen this Super Bowl thread from last year, but you might find some of those dip recipes, and other non-dippy treats that are still easy to eat. (Some suggestions do relate to the teams playing, but hey, I'd love a New Orleans muffaletta during a game even if the Saints don't make it!)

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/685304

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    1. re: 4Snisl

      I did, but so many posts and not all dips. Thanks...I have been reading through them in my "spare" time

      1. re: ROCKLES

        I love dill dip. I add all the spices to a zip-lock bag, mix them up and then when I want to make the dip, I just add a couple heaping tablespoons to some cream cheese and mayo. So good and easy. Especially when unexpected company pops in.

          1. re: pilotgirl210

            I love dill dip too - HelluvaGood used to make the BEST dill dip ever, but they discontinued it I think. To make it at home I use half mayo, half sour cream, dill, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, etc. I've actually added dill to onion soup mix as well, which made a pretty good dip. Still not as good as HelluvaGood though!

        1. re: 4Snisl

          I don't have time to write out all the recipes, but some great dips I love to make for football season include:

          - Buffalo chicken dip
          - Hot crab dip
          - Hot corn dip
          - Cold BLT dip

          1. re: Misscastle

            Hot corn dip?
            cold blt dip sounds good too

            Thank you!!

            1. re: ROCKLES

              For the record, I use Ranch dressing, not blue cheese in my buffalo chicken dip. But that just might be because I dip my wings in Ranch and not blue cheese.

        2. I made this blue cheese and caramelized shallot dip recently to rave reviews. It comes out very thick as written, though, so if you like a soupier dip I would increase the proportion of sour cream to cheese, or perhaps add a little half and half to thin it. I also doubled the shallots, and I would probably add a splash of port or balsamic vinegar (or both) during the caramelizing process next time.

          http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

          I also make a sundried tomato dip that everyone I know goes wild for - I use equal amounts of mayo and sour cream, then chop up some nice oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes (one of my grocery stores carries delicious marinated ones on their olive bar), kalamata olives if you like, fresh and/or roasted garlic, onion powder and salt to taste. Throw it all together and enjoy. It's also good with some fresh basil.

          Finally, though it pains me to admit it because I hate her with a passion unceasing - this Pizza Dip by Rachael Ray is really, REALLY good. I never measure anything with this and it's very forgiving - really, the more cheese the better!

          http://www.rachaelraymag.com/Recipes/...

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          1. re: biondanonima

            sounds like the blue cheese will be this weekends try!!

            Thank you

            1. re: biondanonima

              i hate rachel ray too. ugh. since you do too, that makes your suggestion even more intriguing. ;)

              1. re: raygunclan

                I know, I first had it at a party and while I was inhaling it, the host (who is a big RR fan but knows how I feel about her) took great delight in informing me where the recipe came from. I didn't want to give him the satisfaction of seeing me enjoy an RR recipe, but I was a goner by then and just kept shoveling it in. I try to tinker with the recipe enough to make it my own when I make it, just so I don't have to feel bad about the source, LOL!

              2. re: biondanonima

                I can imagine the first one you posted with salty, ruffled chips. yum!

                1. re: lilgi

                  Yes, it was good that way - I also really enjoyed it scooped into endive leaves. Something about the fresh bitterness worked well with all that rich blue cheese. I put it on pear slices as well!

              3. I LOVE Ina's carmelized onion dip.

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                  1. re: smilingal

                    I tried to make that once, it didn't come out. The onions were too sweet (they were not vidalia), and it lacked any cohesiveness.

                    1. re: Snorkelvik

                      it's not the flavor of the traditional Lipton's onion soup package - so if that was what you might have been expecting....? Maybe try it again - it is always a hit.

                  2. I've never even heard of clam dip!

                    1. I'm a big fan of spinach dip made with water chestnuts for sweetness and crunch. Beer cheese, pimento cheese, chorizo queso are also good cheesy dips to have on hand.