Playing The Spread

We are into Super Bowl week!!!  And if you read the post yesterday then you already have a beer picked out (or not, depending on whether or not taste is crucial in your selection).  Either way, you need some snacks to along with it.  So, I have assembled a list of dips for your spread.  Let me be clear, I am not talking your average cheese dip, salsa, and ranch.  No, not for a Superbowl of this magnitude (Hello!!! The Steelers are competing for their 7th Lombardi Trophy!)!  Now is the time to break out the fancy stuff.

So, check out the dips below while you plan your game-day-grub!

Smoked Trout Dip from "Bon Appetit" (Dec 2009). Photo by Jake Chessum.

Smoked Trout Dip: This is a pretty decadent dip.  I admit it.  But, as a big fan of smoked fish I had to include it on the list.  Add in cream cheese and horseradish and I am sold.

Edamame and Avocado Dip from "Better Homes and Gardens."

Edamame-Avocado Dip: In Southern Cal, where avocados are king, guacamole shows up at just about any party.  However there are other ways to use avocados!  Check out this dip that also contains edamame and pesto.

Bagna-Cauda from "Country Living." Photo by Charles Schiller.

Bagna-Cauda:  This is a new one for me.  Serve with veggies or crusty bread this dip reminds me of a fondue.  It is sure to impress your guests.  But with ingredients like garlic and anchovies it may be a good idea to have mints on hands!

Ginger Carrot Dip from "Gourmet" (Aug 2007). Photo by Roland Bello.

Ginger-Carrot Dip: This dip has an Asian flair to it with its fresh ginger and rice vinegar.  A great change from your average dip.  Best part, its super easy to make!  Blend all the ingredients together and serve.

Cannellini Bean, Scallion & Prosciutto Dip from "Real Simple." Photo by Beatriz da Costa.

Cannellini Bean, Scallion & Prosciutto Dip: Rich in Mediterranean flavors this dip does not require any blending.  I love the big flavors.  If you are looking for a vegetarian option just omit the prosciutto!

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