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10 Creamy Dips That'll Make the (Whole) Crowd Go Wild

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Inviting even the most mild-mannered crowd over to watch a sporting event on TV is bound to result in a bit of heated "discussion." Just who's on the receiving end—a fan rooting for the opposite team (the nerve!), or an offending coach or referee on the screen—won't be something you can control. What you can control is what's served, and what you should serve is at least one very creamy dip with plenty of dippers.

A creamy dip is something all persons can agree on, a food that reaches across party lines (and will spur much reaching across a coffee table). It will be a refuge for people on the losing team, a coolant for gloating winners, and a balm for awkward silences. On game day, serve a creamy dip—here are 10 that'll make the (whole) crowd go wild.

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hearty, with greens + things

Yoghurt & Spinach Dip, 'Borani Esfanaaj', in the Persian Manner
Yoghurt & Spinach Dip, 'Borani Esfanaaj', in the Persian Manner
Spinach, Feta, and Artichoke Dip
Spinach, Feta, and Artichoke Dip
Laurie Colwin's Creamed Spinach
Laurie Colwin's Creamed Spinach

dressings posing as drizzly dips

Basil Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Basil Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Basic, Bang Up Blue Cheese Dressing
Basic, Bang Up Blue Cheese Dressing

onion-forward

Caramelized Onion Dip
Caramelized Onion Dip
Grilled Green Onion Dip
Grilled Green Onion Dip
New-School French Onion Dip
New-School French Onion Dip

Yogurt-based + custardy

Eggplant Dip with Yogurt (Borani-e Bademjan)
Eggplant Dip with Yogurt (Borani-e Bademjan)
Mast-o-Khiar (Persian-Style Cucumber Dip)
Mast-o-Khiar (Persian-Style Cucumber Dip)

Your preferred base for a creamy dip? Cheer for cream cheese, mayo, or yogurt in the comments.

Tags: dips, creamy dips, mayonnaise