Yes, you could serve squeaky, toothpick-able cheese cubes at your football or Oscars party. And no one would object.
But you could also take that same cheese and make a more metamorphic change: Add spices, herbs, and vegetables, then blend or melt or beer-spike into a dip that's creamy, scoopable, and at home on a variety of "dippers," from tortilla chips to carrot sticks. Suddenly, you've taken that singular, lonely cheese and transformed it into an eligible snack from which hundreds of thousands (or at least a few) spin-off combinations are possible:
- Saltine plus pimento cheese? Yes please.
- Carrot stick heavy with pimento cheese? Don't mind if I do.
- Tortilla chip with pimento cheese? Crazier things have been done before.
For a full run-down of the best dippers to pair with which cheese dips (like, what one does a strawberry go with?!), see our not very comprehensive nor scientific guide below.
Choose your cheese, cheesy, or cheesiest dip below, then prepare or purchase any accompaniments as you see fit:
What's your favorite way to consume cheese in a party setting? "In large quantities" is a totally acceptable answer. Drop others in the comments below!