Slideshow: Game Day Party Planning: 20 Dip Recipes We Love

Boursin and Gruyère Spinach and Artichoke Gratin Dip
Boursin and Gruyère Spinach and Artichoke Gratin Dip

Tons of spinach and artichoke hearts are baked in a gratin with white wine, cream cheese, Gruyère, and ever-flavorful garlic and herbs Boursin. This is a crowd-pleasing French take on the all-American spinach and artichoke dip.

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Creamy, Three-Cheese Artichoke Dip
Creamy, Three-Cheese Artichoke Dip

A mix of cream cheese, sour cream and a small amount of mayo lends the best consistency to this artichoke dip. And when three cheeses—Parmesan, Romano and a liberal sprinkle of mozzarella on top—come into play, you've got yourself a wonderfully creamy and flavorful addition to your Super Bowl spread.

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Spicy Crab Dip
Spicy Crab Dip

In the Grand Hierarchy of Dips (if there were such a thing), crab dip perhaps lies near the bottom of the totem pole—well below the likes of salsa, guacamole, onion dip, spinach dip, and even ranch. But as anyone from Maryland can perhaps attest, crab dip is a tastier and more interesting options with which to anoint that crudité platter or bag of chips. This crab dip is a spicy-creamy concoction of tangy cream cheese and sweet crab meat. It's a combination of flavors that will surely benefit any carrot stick, cracker, or chip.

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Hot Salsa Verde
Hot Salsa Verde

This is an incredibly simple salsa verde, whose uncomplicated flavors are mainly fruity chilies mixed with a little sour cream. When the immensely heat of the chiles are paired with a hefty tang from sour cream, lime, and tomatillo, the result is a salsa that starts off nice and cool, but still ends with an excellent heat.

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Ranch
Ranch

Ranch seems to be the answer to everything. A mellower blend than most ranch dressings, this recipe yields a dip that strikes a perfect balance between the creamy, rich buttermilk and tangy sour cream, mayonnaise, and lemon juice with the hints of fresh parsley, chives, and dill.

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Pimento Cheese
Pimento Cheese

Do we really need a spread that's primarily cheese and mayonnaise? In the case of pimento cheese, the answer is yes. A mixture of grated sharp cheddar, mayo, pimentos, cayenne, and hot sauce, it's a delicious addition to cracker, chip, or slice of white bread. Or just eat it with a spoon.

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French Onion Dip
French Onion Dip

Making your own French onion dip is a simple process, and the results are infinitely better than any jarred versions, but the process of caramelizing the onions is a major pain. Luckily for you, we've managed to whittle down a 45-minute long procedure to not much more than 15 or 20 minutes. The result is a deep, sweet base to add to the creamy blend of sour cream, mayonnaise, and a splash of lemon juice.

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Cheeseburger Dip
Cheeseburger Dip

Cheeseburger dip is a real thing, everybody. Get on board.

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Cobb Dip
Cobb Dip

If you need a somewhat dignified way to eat bacon and blue cheese by the spoonful, serving up this dip during the Super Bowl might be your best option.

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The Best Basic Guacamole
The Best Basic Guacamole

When it comes to this classic dip, simpler is better.

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All-From-Scratch 7 Layer Dip
All-From-Scratch 7 Layer Dip

7 Layer dip is a finger-food party staple, and this made-from-scratch recipe makes an undeniably delicious addition to any Super Bowl spread. But, boy, is it labor-intensive. We would advise preparing it in stages a few days ahead of time.

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Classic From-a-Can 7 Layer Dip
Classic From-a-Can 7 Layer Dip

Or you could take the classic route and make the easy version of this party favorite. Aside from opening some cans and jars, all you have to do is quickly brown some ground beef and make some fresh guacamole—or you could just buy it prepared to make this that much easier.

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Rosemary Lemon White Bean Dip
Rosemary Lemon White Bean Dip

This recipe couldn't be any easier—just throw everything into a processor and then stir in rosemary and lemon zest. The lightly flavored cannellini beans provide a creamy base for the lemon and rosemary to shine, giving an herbal, zesty, and fresh flavor that your guests will gobble up.

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Green Goddess Dressing
Green Goddess Dressing

Amid the sea of chips, cheese and chicken wings, there lies a lonely vegetable platter. Don't let it go forgotten this Super Bowl season! Upgrade your vegetables by pairing them with this mayonnaise and herb-based dip flavored with anchovies.

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Moroccan-Style Spicy Carrot Dip
Moroccan-Style Spicy Carrot Dip

The product of accidentally over-cooked carrots, the sweet flavor of the caramel-glazed carrots is combined with harissa, garlic, capers, olives, and toasted pine nuts for an added savory crunch. This Moroccan-inspired dip is spicy, sweet, and pungent, and pairs wonderfully with an ice cold beer.

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