Carla Hall's Perfect Party Dips

Carla Hall Party Dip Recipes
Carla Hall (inset)
Raymond Hom; inset: Getty

11/13/2012 AT 09:00 AM EST

As a former caterer, Carla Hall knows the value of an impressive, easy, make-ahead dish, and nothing could be easier than The Chew host's dip recipes.

Hall, 48, has created four updates of crowd-pleasers like spinach dip – her version uses fresh spinach and tangy feta cheese – perfect for warming up the guests at your next holiday party.

"Put 'em out and let 'em rip while you're focusing on the rest of the meal," Hall says. "As long as you have great breads or other dippers, your party is off to a great start."

4 Perfect Party Dips

Each recipe makes up to 2 cups
1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor.
2. Cover and chill for at least an hour.



Spinach & Feta Dip

This is so fresh and packs a lot of flavor
• 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
• ½ cup sour cream
• 2 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
• 10 oz. fresh spinach; sautéed, drained well and chopped
• ½ tsp. kosher salt
• ¼-½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Blue Cheese Boursin

I love the creamy, smoky taste of this dip
• 6 oz. blue cheese
• 8 tsp. salted butter, softened
• 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 tbsp. chopped fresh dill or 1 tsp. dried dill weed, crumbled
• 1 tbsp. chives, minced
• ¼ tbsp. parsley, minced
• ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Lemon Hummus

Lemons bring zing to this dish, and that makes it a better pairing with vegetables
• 1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
• ¼ cup water
• Juice and zest of one lemon
• 2 tbsp. tahini
• 2 tbsp. olive oil
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• 1 tsp. kosher salt
• ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Goat Cheese Ranch Dip

Adding goat cheese makes ranch thick, creamy and tangy
• 1 cup mayonnaise
• ½ cup sour cream
• 4 oz. goat cheese
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 tbsp. finely chopped chives
• 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
• 2 tbsp. chopped dill
• ½ tsp. salt
• ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

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