Dips and Spreads

Host an easy Mardi Gras open house with an appetizer of crusty breads and crackers and an assortment of savory spreads. Pick your favorite Mardi Gras spread recipes from this appetizer collection.

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Quick & Easy Dips and Spreads

You want to lay out an assortment of dips that provide familiar flavors without any fuss.These recipes require few ingredients, a big mixing bowl, and a spoon to make and are served with chips.

Cilantro-Chili Butter

Taste of the South
Total: 5 mins

Chili Nut Honey with Cheese

Better Homes and Gardens

Toasted walnuts, honey, hot red pepper, and soft aromatic cheese blend seamlessly in this spicy and savory appetizer spread.

Muffaletta Spread

Family Circle

The sandwich filling that originated in New Orleans transforms itself into a tasty spread perfect for a quick, no-fuss snack and starter.

Total: 20 mins

Margarines and Spreads: Know Your Label Lingo

Let's face it: Whether you're using them to "butter" toast, make a cake or adding a pat to a baked potato, margarine and other "spreads" are all, to one degree or another, substitutes for butter. People turn to butter substitutes for a range of reasons, usually health-related. But as concern has grown about trans-fat, and cholesterol has been divided into "good" and "bad," what may have seemed like a healthier choice several years ago could be open to debate. Just how much do you know about your favorite "buttery" spread? "Margarine" So what, exactly, is margarine? Margarineread more

Warm Crab Dip

Hidden Valley®
Total: 15 mins

Elegant Dip and Spread Recipes

You want to impress guests with good taste, both in the type of dips and spreads and in presentation. These recipes combine delicious flavors with pretty colors and textures.

Hot Crawfish Dip

Taste of the South
Total: 50 mins

Super Bowl Party Dips and Spicy Salsas

Food is as important as the big game on Super Bowl Sunday, so be prepared. Super Bowl parties are meant for snacking, so salsas and dips are a must. But don't default to jarred supermarket brands--it's simple and easy to create your own fresh versions, and the flavor of homemade is definitely worth the effort.

Ethnic-Inspired Dip and Spread Recipes

You want your guests to be able to experience other cultures from the sanctity of their easy chairs.These dips and spreads offer an intriguing variety of flavors and aromas.

Cheese, Pears, and Mustard-Laced Apple Butter

Better Homes and Gardens

Cheese, fruit, and a homemade spread make a quick but elegant appetizer. Serve with assorted breads and crackers.

Deviled-Egg Spread

Food & Wine

"I can't have a party without deviled eggs," says Katie Lee, whose cooking often reflects her Southern roots (she was born in West Virginia). Here, she deconstructs the retro hors d'oeuvre, blending hard-boiled eggs with mustard and mayonnaise so it's more like an egg salad that she can spread on toasts. "Simplicity is key," she says. "To me, it's more about tasting the egg than anything else."

Total: 40 mins

Classic Pimento-Cheese Spread

Taste of the South
Total: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins

Pecan Cheese Logs

Family Circle

Include make-ahead appetizers such as these cheddar cheese logs in your party menu. Green chiles and cayenne pepper give a Tex-Mex style to the spread.

Easy Hummus with Tahini

Food & Wine

Hummus can do more than cling to a carrot stick. Grace Parisi's sublime version adds nutty flavor to potato salad, eggs and soup.

Total: 20 mins

Praline-Crowned Brie

Midwest Living

Brown sugar and pecans add sweetness and crunch to Brie. Serve the warm cheese on an appetizer buffet with unsalted crackers or grapes and apples.

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