DIY delicious dips

Dips are a real crowd pleaser, whatever the occasion. There are creamy, cheesy dips for a taste of indulgence. Or you can go healthy with vegetable-based dips served with veggie sticks. Plus, if you know the right recipes, you can whip up a dip in just a few minutes – here’s how.

Spinach and cheese dip

To make 3 cups, thaw a 500g packet of frozen spinach, squeezing out excess liquid. Add 300g fresh ricotta, a 300g carton sour cream, a 35g packet of French onion soup mix and 2 tbsp shaved parmesan. Stir until combined. Season with salt and pepper and serve with crusty bread.

Garlic hommus

To make three cups, drain and rinse a 600g can of chickpeas and place in a food processor. Add 4 cloves crushed garlic, a splash of olive oil and 2 tbs tahini paste, a sesame seed paste available in health food stores and major supermarkets. Add a pinch of paprika and a good squeeze of lemon juice. Process until smooth and enjoy.

Carrot and cumin dip

To make a bowl to serve 8 guests, peel and chop 1kg of carrots and cook in a saucepan of boiling water for 30 minutes, until tender. Drain the carrots and add ¼ cup olive oil, a pinch of cumin, 2 cloves crushed garlic and a splash of orange juice. Process until smooth and enjoy.

Creamy tuna dip

To make a bowl to serve 8 guests, drain a 185g can tuna in spring water and place in a bowl. Add 125g cream cheese, ¼ finely chopped red onion, 1 tbsp lemon juice and 1 tbsp drained capers. Sprinkle with parsley leaves and ground pepper to serve.

An everyday dip can somehow seem quite special when made from scratch. And when they’re this easy to make, there’s no reason not to DIY. Happy hosting!