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Chef Vanessa Cantave Shares Three Easy Dip Recipes That Are Perfect For Holiday Entertaining

by Kate Taylor
Kate is a writer who laughs at her own jokes and likes to pour too much hot sauce on her food.

Between shopping, entertaining and attending festive parties, it’s hard to find time during the holidays to do things that usually feel easy any other time of the year.

Throwing a holiday party for your loved ones is a time-honored tradition, and one that doesn’t have to be intensely stressful to plan.

Thankfully, Chef Vanessa Cantave is here to share three easy dip recipes that are guaranteed to draw a crowd around the appetizer table at your next festive gathering.

As a chef and entertaining expert, Vanessa knows exactly what is going to make your guest’s taste buds tingle and have them asking, “How did you make this?”

The secret, though, is that these three recipes are almost so easy that a fifth grader could make them (assuming the fifth graders know how to operate a food processor).

However, you’d never know that from how delicious they taste and the way they make you tell yourself, “Just one more dip.” Hey, it’s a lie we all tell ourselves from time to time…

Bacon lovers will love the bacon and cheddar dip, and the caramelized onion and chive dip will not last long either. Of course, if something with a little lemon sounds good, her Meyer lemon and fresh dill dip will knock your socks off.

Keep reading for recipes that you can make at home in just a few easy steps!

Don’t forget to SHARE your favorite dip recipes in the comments, too!

Cook: 20 min
Prep: 10 min
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • Double Smoked Bacon And Cheddar Dip:
  • 16-ounce container sour cream
  • 34 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsps. mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsps. minced shallots
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • Dash of Tabasco
  • 6 slices thick-cut smoked bacon, cooked and chopped into small pieces
  • Crackers, chips or vegetable crudités
  • Caramelized Shallot And Chive Dip:
  • 16-ounce container sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups shallots, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 bunch chives, chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Crackers, chips or vegetable crudite
  • Meyer Lemon And Fresh Dill Dip:
  • 16-ounce container Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Meyer lemons, zested and juiced
  • 2 Tbsps. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill
Instructions
  • Double-Smoked Bacon And Cheddar Dip:
  • 1. Combine all ingredients except bacon in food processor and pulse until evenly combined.
  • 2. Place dip in medium mixing bowl. Fold ½ of the bacon pieces. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour, up to overnight.
  • 3. Transfer dip to serving bowl and garnish with remaining bacon.
  • 4. Serve with crackers, chips or vegetable crudités.
  • Caramelized Shallot And Chive Dip:
  • 1. Begin by sautéing shallots with olive oil and butter in medium skillet over medium heat. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes until shallots are soft and golden. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • 2. Combine prepared shallots in food processor with sour cream and mayonnaise. Pulse until evenly combined.
  • 3. Place dip in medium mixing bowl. Fold in chopped chives and season with kosher salt. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour, up to overnight.
  • 4. Transfer dip to serving bowl and garnish with fresh black pepper.
  • 5. Serve with crackers, chips or vegetable crudités.
  • Meyer Lemon And Fresh Dill Dip:
  • 1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir until fully incorporated.
  • 2. Season with salt and fresh pepper. Refrigerate for at least one hour, up to overnight.
  • 3. Transfer dip to serving bowl and serve with crackers, chips or vegetable crudités.
Chef Vanessa Cantave's 3 Easy Dips: Double-Smoked Bacon And Cheddar, Caramelized Shallot And Chive, And Meyer Lemon And Fresh Dill 10 minutes 20 minutes 30 minutes Serves 12 //www.littlethings.com/app/uploads/2016/12/recipe_card_Dips-850x416.jpg Double Smoked Bacon And Cheddar Dip: 16-ounce container sour cream 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 2 Tbsps. mayonnaise 2 Tbsps. minced shallots 1 tsp. onion powder Dash of Tabasco 6 slices thick-cut smoked bacon, cooked and chopped into small pieces Crackers, chips or vegetable crudités Caramelized Shallot And Chive Dip: 16-ounce container sour cream ¼ cup mayonnaise 2 cups shallots, thinly sliced 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter 1 bunch chives, chopped Kosher salt Freshly cracked black pepper Crackers, chips or vegetable crudite Meyer Lemon And Fresh Dill Dip: 16-ounce container Greek yogurt ¼ cup mayonnaise 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 Meyer lemons, zested and juiced 2 Tbsps. olive oil 1 tsp. mustard powder 1 Tbsp. honey ¼ cup chopped fresh dill Double-Smoked Bacon And Cheddar Dip: 1. Combine all ingredients except bacon in food processor and pulse until evenly combined. 2. Place dip in medium mixing bowl. Fold ½ of the bacon pieces. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour, up to overnight. 3. Transfer dip to serving bowl and garnish with remaining bacon. 4. Serve with crackers, chips or vegetable crudités. Caramelized Shallot And Chive Dip: 1. Begin by sautéing shallots with olive oil and butter in medium skillet over medium heat. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes until shallots are soft and golden. Allow to cool to room temperature. 2. Combine prepared shallots in food processor with sour cream and mayonnaise. Pulse until evenly combined. 3. Place dip in medium mixing bowl. Fold in chopped chives and season with kosher salt. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour, up to overnight. 4. Transfer dip to serving bowl and garnish with fresh black pepper. 5. Serve with crackers, chips or vegetable crudités. Meyer Lemon And Fresh Dill Dip: 1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir until fully incorporated. 2. Season with salt and fresh pepper. Refrigerate for at least one hour, up to overnight. 3. Transfer dip to serving bowl and serve with crackers, chips or vegetable crudités.

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