holiday dip

Ah, the last-minute holiday party. The one your significant other conveniently forgot to tell you is in less than an hour, and you're supposed to bring something to munch on. Not enough time to bake something and cool it enough to bring along. Don't worry. You're bound to have some combination of the items below to make a dip that is both festive and tasty. Customize this recipe based on whatever you happen to have in the kitchen and however much time you have and get going!

bacon dip

Mix-and-Match Dip
4-5 oz of spiral ham OR deli ham OR smoked salmon OR bacon bits
8 oz of cream cheese OR goat cheese OR sour cream OR mayonnaise
Half an onion, caramelized (if you have time) OR 2-3 green onions OR 1 tsp garlic powder OR 1 pkg onion soup mix
2 tsp chopped sage OR 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce OR 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Chop up the meat. Mix the dry ingredients together and add to the wet ingredients.

pita dip

Instead of crackers, I've been serving our holiday dips with these new Arnold and Oroweat Pocket Thins because they're so nice and soft, they really take things up a notch…and we always have them in the house. So there's no need to go by the store to pick up crackers, which we never have in the house. Oroweat sends us stuff to check out occasionally and we absolutely fell in love with these! I've always been really averse to pita pockets because I remember them always being made with crusty, thin bread that went stale practically the minute you open it. Apparently, pita bread has changed a lot since I was a kid. This is a whole different thing, and I eat one for lunch almost every day now.

Caramelized onions in the dip aren't the speediest addition, but I included them as an option because they really are extremely simple (you can throw them on and tend to them briefly while you're doing your makeup) and very versatile.