Foods that go with weekend parties typically get the fried treatment. Making these eats at home is a smart way to get the crispiest results for you and a few others. Unless you’re planning on standing over a pot of oil all Sunday, though, fried treats aren’t particularly practical for an afternoon blowout with tons of friends. What you need are some dishes that are tasty, low-maintenance, and substantial enough to feed a crowd. A selection of dips is definitely the way to go and these seven recipes will cover all your bases. You’ll find meaty, cheesy concoctions as well as some options for those looking to keep things a little bit lighter. Just set out your selections, add some dippers, and the work is done.
1. Classic Guacamole
Everyone loves guacamole, though no one ever agrees on what makes the best version. Some folks like to load theirs with everything in their refrigerator while some like nothing more than avocados with a bit of salt and lime. This version from Roberto Santibañez, featured on Saveur, is minimal enough to please the purists while offering plenty of flavor and texture to keep the other camp equally as happy. If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can still get great results mashing this dip in a bowl.
When it comes to picking avocados, go for ones that yield to a gentle pressure without feeling mushy. It is possible to get fruits that are overripe, so be on the lookout. If you can’t find any soft enough, pop them in a paper bag with an apple or a banana overnight. The ethylene gas from the fruit will speed the process.
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro, divided
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped white onion
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ fresh serrano chile, stemmed, and finely chopped
- 1 pound avocados, halved, and pitted
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- Tortilla chips
Directions: Mash half the cilantro with the onion, salt, and serrano in a mortar and pestle until it forms a paste. Scoop out flesh of avocado and roughly chop. Add to the mortar along with the rest of the cilantro and the lime juice and lightly mash. Serve with tortilla chips.