3 Hot Dips for Your Football Party
Football season has arrived, and whether you're an avid fan of your alma mater or your loyalty lies with your local team, this time of year brings about the competitive spirit in all of us. Your friends may not be able to agree on which team to root for, but you can rest assured knowing that one item can always be relied upon to bring the masses together: food.
As you're planning your weekend schedule around the big game, be sure to take advantage of all the benefits provided by your slow cooker. Preparing your dishes using this appliance ensures that you can spend more time watching the screen and less time slaving in the kitchen. Better yet, you can even get a slow cooker emblazoned with your team's logo.
Next time you're searching for recipes to break out for the football game, consider one of these filling and festive dips to share with your friends.
1. Easy Taco Dip
This dip is ideal for serving during the big college game. Whether you're still in school or you're eager to relive the glory days of your collegiate youth, this dip is a delicious reminder of your time spent at the university. You'll need all the basic ingredients you'd put in a normal taco, including beef, shredded cheddar cheese, onions and salsa. Brown your beef in a skillet then toss it in the slow cooker and allow it to simmer with the other ingredients.
2. Creamy Spinach Dip
You can never go wrong with a well-crafted creamy spinach dip. Perfect for pairing with your favorite cold brew, this hearty dip can be served with tortilla or pita chips. You'll need some cream cheese, spinach, green onion and whipping cream. Allow the whipping and cream cheeses to sit in the slow cooker for 45 minutes, stir in the rest of your ingredients, then let them cook for an additional 45 minutes. Be sure to serve this dish warm, but don't be bummed when it disappears within the first quarter.
3. Bacon Cheese Dip
A savory bacon and cheese dip is the ideal choice if you're planning an appetizer potluck with your buddies. This dish has it all - onion, cheese, sour cream and, of course, bacon. Start by melting your cheese in the slow cooker, then gradually adding cooked bacon, onion, Worcestershire sauce and any other ingredients that may enhance the taste. Be sure to start this dish a few hours before the game, because it can take up to three to fully cook.