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Holle's Quick and Easy Party Dips and Spreads

Updated on August 30, 2013

Party Food Ideas

Below are some of my party food ideas for quick and easy party dips and spreads. These are great for Super Bowl parties, Christmas parties, picnics, pool parties, or any get-togethers. These are so uncomplicated that you can make them for anytime snacks, too! Party foods don't have to difficult to make in order to be enjoyed by your guests. They don't have to be expensive, either. The main criterion should be flavor. Check out the easy party foods below.

Holle’s Roasted Pepper Dip

1 7-ounce jar roasted red peppers, with liquid

1 tablespoon diced onion

1 block cream cheese, softened

1 cup sour cream

½ teaspoon Lowry’s garlic salt

Place roasted peppers and onion in blender and pulse until almost liquefied. Blend with cream cheese, sour cream, and garlic salt. Serve with bagel chips.

Holle’s Special Spinach Dip

1 1/2 cups sour cream

1 cup mayonnaise

1 box frozen chopped spinach, thawed

1 envelope Lipton’s soup mix (I like the spring vegetable)

1/3 cup diced onions

1/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

1 small can water chestnuts, finely chopped

½ teaspoon garlic salt

½ teaspoon ground red pepper

Mix together the sour cream and mayonnaise. Drain the spinach well. I do this by making a slit in the bottom of the box and squeezing the box firmly over the sink.

Add the spinach and the remaining ingredients and blend well. Refrigerate overnight. Serve with Triscuit crackers.

Holle’s Zesty Guacamole

2 large ripe avocados (these should be soft)

1 large tomato

1 heaping tablespoon sour cream

3 tablespoons fined minced onion

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 tablespoons lime juice

½ teaspoon salt or garlic salt

½ teaspoon ground red pepper

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon sugar or Splenda

Peel avocados and remove pits. Mash with a potato masher.

Dice tomato and add to avocado.

Stir in remaining ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips.

Note: Don’t make this too far ahead, as it doesn’t keep well in the fridge for more than a few hours.

Holle’s Cheesy Beer Dip

1 block cream cheese, softened

2 cups finely shredded cheese (Colby, cheddar, or Monterey Jack-Colby blend)

4 ounces beer

½ teaspoon garlic salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon paprika

Mix cream cheese and shredded cheese together. Slowly pour in the beer and mix until smooth. Add salt,pepper, and paprika and stir.

This is really good served with large pretzel sticks.

Holle’s Chicken Ball

2 blocks cream cheese, softened

1 large flat can all-white chicken, drained except for one teaspoon broth

1 envelope Ranch dressing mix

½ cup finely chopped pecans

Place the cream cheese in a bowl and microwave until soft.

Shred chicken with a fork and add to cream cheese.

Add dressing mix and nuts and mix with your hands.

Refrigerate until firm. Shape into a ball. If you like, you can roll the ball in dried parsley or paprika.

I think this is best served with Ritz crackers or Wheat Thins.

Roasted Red Pepper Dip
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    • leahlefler profile image

      Leah Lefler 

      9 years ago from Western New York

      These look great, habee! I'm searching for the famous cheese ball you mentioned - is the cheesy beer dip the famous dip??

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      That sounds yummy, RM. I love chicken salad!

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      11 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Mom would like the pineapple idea. We used to sometimes make chicken salad with Ruth's pineapple spread and some pecans or walnuts.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Rose MAry, it's super quick and easy and a nice change from the traditional cheese ball. Sometimes I add crushed pineapple, bacon bits, and/or chpped bell pepper. (shhh...don't tell ALL my secrets!)

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, East! Glad you liked it!

    • rmcrayne profile image


      11 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      The chicken ball is very new/different for me. I'll have to send these to my mom. She's always looking for something different for her ladies' church group meetings.

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      11 years ago

      Habee, excellent presentation!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Lily, that spread sounds great! I'm trying it out at my next shindig! Thanks!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Lor. Come on over to the party!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      HH, I like them because they're easy. I'm all about easy! lol

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      Lily Rose 

      11 years ago from A Coast

      These sound great, Holle! Your chicken ball reminds me of an awesome recipe from my friend, Buffalo Chicken dip - one softened cream cheese block, one can chicken, 1/2 bottle of Red Hot - few minutes in oven and voila! So simple, yet so delicious (gotta like spicy, of course!)

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      Laurel Rogers 

      11 years ago from Bishop, Ca


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      Hello, hello, 

      11 years ago from London, UK

      These good recipees are too much, habee, thank you.


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