Start with This Creamy Dip Base : This simple base is the perfect springboard for a myriad of mix-ins. Experiment with folding in your favorites (like sauteed onions, crumbled feta or chopped smoked salmon) or try one of the following clever combinations. Don't sweat the ratio of the ingredients too much — play around a little, and if the dip tastes good to you, it's right!
Spicy Harissa Dip : Make the <a adhocenable="false" href="/content/food/recipes/food-network-kitchens/c/cr/cre/crea/creamy-dip-base.html">dip base</a> and fold in crumbled goat cheese, harissa (it doesn't take much to bring the heat), lemon juice and chopped cilantro. Garnish with a little extra cilantro and serve with grilled flatbread or pita.
Thai Red Curry Dip : For an Asian-inspired dip, fold Thai red curry, sliced scallions and chopped roasted peanuts into the dip base. Garnish with more scallions and peanuts. Cooked shrimp are elegant and tasty dippers.
Cheesy Fig Dip : Make our <a adhocenable="false" href="/content/food/recipes/food-network-kitchens/c/cr/cre/crea/creamy-dip-base.html">dip base</a> and fold in crumbled blue cheese. Swirl in fig preserves and garnish with chopped toasted walnuts for an addictive sweet-meets-savory combo. Serve with crackers.
Lemony Feta Dip : Make the dip base and fold in crumbled feta, finely chopped preserved lemons and finely grated garlic. Garnish with more chopped preserved lemons and black sesame or onion seeds and serve with grilled vegetables. Here, we chose artichoke hearts (which pair well with the dip's Mediterranean flavors), but asparagus spears or zucchini planks would also work well.