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Top 5 Party dips for the big game

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Your party guests will enjoy sampling these tasty dips while watching the big game. Try one or more of the top 5 for your next gathering.

5. Cheese dip, of course

Cheese dip is a given, but you can change it up to make it a little less predictable, says Krystle Nicole Russin, author of The Non-Diet Real Cookbook: Easy Recipes to Stay Skinny Eating Anything You Want and Learn How to Cook!

  • add a bit of jalapeno and spices to melted American cheese for a Mexican-flavored dip
  • melt organic cheese in the microwave and add a touch of garlic
  • mix together two or three cheeses -- even goat cheese
  • throw in some toasted croutons or bread crumbs for a different texture
  • mix in ground turkey or beef and salsa for a chunky dip

Serve cheese dip with cooked or uncooked veggies -- especially mushrooms, says Russin. "Or improve those tired old chicken wings with one of these dips!"

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4. artichoke dip

"This is the absolute best artichoke dip," says Irene St. Onge of 212-EVENTS, a NYC catering and event company.

  • 3 cans unseasoned artichokes, drained
  • 4 cups regular mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

Mix all ingredients together and add salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes until bubbly and brown on top. Serve with fresh carrots, celery, crackers and small pieces of bread or toast.

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3. Guacamole dip

Sure, you can buy guacamole dip, but it tastes so much better when you make it yourself.

  • 4 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and mashed
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tbsp onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Serve immediately with nacho chips. Substitutions: Use chunky salsa instead of tomatoes. Use lime instead of lemon (both contain acid that keeps the avocados from turning dark).

Guilt-free guacmole

2. Hot crab dip

Hot crab dip is great for onion or garlic crackers, Italian toast, celery and much more!

  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 6-ounce cans crabmeat
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • paprika, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients (except paprika) in a medium bowl. Transfer mix to a shallow 9x13 baking dish. Garnish with paprika. Bake 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.

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1. Seven-Layer Dip

This beloved dip can be made ahead of time, so it's perfect for parties!

  • 1 9-ounce can bean dip
  • 1/4 cup taco sauce
  • 8-ounce container lite sour cream
  • 1 6-ounce container guacamole dip
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp olives, sliced and pitted
  • 2/3 cup tomatoes, chopped and seeded

Combine bean dip and taco sauce and spread a 1/4-inch thick layer on a serving platter. In this order, layer sour cream, guacamole dip, cheese, green onions and olives. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 4 hours or overnight. Sprinkle the dip with chopped tomato and serve with tortilla chips!

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