Whether you're a football fan or watch for the commercials, no Super Bowl spread is complete without the perfect dip. From pimento cheese, a Southern staple, to a secretly healthy cookie dough dip from the Midwest, these recipes from Edible magazines across the country will take your big game menu to a whole new level.
1. Pimento cheese dip — Nashville, TN: Pimiento cheese is a southern staple, and the source of many a kitchen table scuffle. Southerners slather it on everything from celery stalks to saltine crackers, and some won’t even consider eating a burger without it. This dip recipe from Sean Brock of Husk fame crosses boundaries from home cooks to chefs.
2. Green bean hummus — Pioneer Valley, MA: Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley grows some beautiful beans and this version of hummus shows them off at their best. If you can get locally grown shell beans like rattlesnake, soldier or yellow-eye, they’ll take this dip to the next level.
3. Guacamole — Ojai, California: With so many avocado orchards in Ventura County, California, and the fact that Super Bowl Sunday may be the biggest day of the year for guacamole, this recipe is a must for any spread.
4. Cheesy chicken in tomatillo salsa — Kansas City, MO: Tomatillo, cilantro and jalapeño make for a just-right warm dip — not too spicy, not too heavy, full of fresh flavor and highly addictive with your favorite tortilla chips.
5. Arugula & roasted red pepper dip — San Antonio, TX: Perfect for any gathering, this dip recipe comes from San Antonio chef Chuck Hernandez, who will soon be opening a farm to fork restaurant in the city.
7. Sesame seaweed guacamole — San Francisco: Serve this creamy, vibrant, mineral-rich dip with tortilla chips, and it will quickly become the standout of your Super Bowl spread. This fresh take on guacamole uses seaweed, one of the trendiest ingredients of 2015. Not only does it taste great, but it’s packed with nutritional benefits, too.
8. Secretly healthy cookie dough dip — Indianapolis, IN: Think outside the chip and dip bowl with this cookie dough dip. Little will your guests know that they’re actually enjoying a healthy sweet treat. Garbanzo beans and cashew butter (or any nut butter) come together to form the creamy dough that feels like an indulgence but can be enjoyed sans the guilt.
For more dip recipes from Seattle, Memphis and more, go to ediblefeast.com.