Summer Soiree: 6 Dips to Make in a Dash

Pimento Cheese Dip

When company is coming and time is short, keep one mantra in mind (admittedly inspired by the band Devo): Dip it. Dip it good.

These no-fail ideas all come together in mere minutes, and are guaranteed to cover you through all seasons, types of gatherings and guest dining preferences. The key is to always have a mix of vegetables and crackers on hand. Then just go ahead and take a dip:

Sriracha-Pimento Cheese Dip: It’s hard to improve on classic pimento cheese dip, but this one (pictured above) actually does. A dose of sriracha is just the thing to cut the rich cheddar-mayonnaise combination. The spice averse may need to keep a drink on hand.

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Pizza Dip: Pizza dip is as good as it sounds. If you can't take our word for it, whip it up in 10 minutes. The sun-dried tomatoes are the only ingredient requiring cooking (for 1-2 minutes), so you'll have this ready in the time it would take to decide on toppings for a regular pizza.

Spinach Dip

EI-1212 Spinach and Cannellini Bean Dip

Spinach and Cannellini Bean Dip: Got spinach on hand? Then you’ll likely have everything you need to make this 11-minute crowd-pleaser, which calls for balsamic, garlic, beans, olive oil and lemon juice. The perky green result is a boost of color for any table spread.

Peppadew Dip

Siba Mtongana of Siba's Table creates a delicious array of treats for girl's night with fabulous finger food and a super cool cocktail. There's stylish hot smoked salmon topped mfino fritters, sticky chicken winglets, a super easy Peppadew dip, and Siba's fruity sundowner cocktail.

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Peppadew Dip: Nab some sweet red cherry peppers while the season lasts to make this creamy cilantro-laced dip. It’s an excellent option for vegetables, including celery, carrots and radishes.

Sweet Pea Dip

SWEET PEA DIP Michael Symon Cooking Channel Shelled Peas, Kosher Salt, Ricotta Cheese, Lemon, Parmesan Cheese, Mint Leaves, Olive Oil, Grilled Bread

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Sweet Pea Dip: Michael Symon’s mellow pea dip is as good slathered on grilled bread as swiped on pasta or grilled chicken.

Five Layer Mexican Dip

Five Layer Mexican Dip: Ellie Krieger

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Five-Layer Mexican Dip: The most time-consuming of the bunch (at just 23 minutes), this five-layer five-star dip is also surprisingly healthy thanks to its extra vegetables. It’s the perfect game-day dip, and it’s a guaranteed hit.

More Dip Ideas from Friends + Family:

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