Three Make Ahead Dips

Prepping appetizers ahead of time will make Thanksgiving feel like a breeze. These Three Make Ahead Dips are easy to prepare and taste delicious!

WELCOME!

It’s finally here.

CGM Thanksgiving Week has officially arrived. I’ve wanted to do this for a very long time and to see it come to fruition makes my heart (and stomach) so happy!

A few weeks ago I asked you guys on Instagram Stories what you needed help with when it came to Thanksgiving eats. Surprisingly there were zero turkey concerns. Spoiler alert: there won’t be a full blown turkey recipe this week. BUT! I do have hands down the best turkey recipe already on my site HERE.

The biggest areas y’all needed help with were sides (particularly oven-less), more vegetarian options, cranberry sauce, cocktails, desserts and appetizers to feed a crowd! With that, I felt we should kick off the week with Three Make Ahead Dips that will indeed feed a crowd.

Each of these dips: Blue Cheese Walnut Dip, Sweet Potato Ginger Dip, and Spiced Cheddar Dip can be made three days in advance. I know, I know. I secretly got super excited because that means you can cross three items off your list before the big turkey week even begins!

You can certainly make all three or customize the dips depending on the crowds palate. Serve any of these dips with crackers, veggies or fruit. They are all light, flavorful and will keep the hungeritis at bay.

Stay tuned because tomorrow I’m sharing a vegetarian dish that will keep everyone coming back for seconds!

Also, if you guys make a dish this week or next make sure to tag: #CGMthanksgiving so I can see what you made! MWAH!

Three Make Ahead Dips are a great way to prep for a party! Make all three or one and feed a crowd in a hurry! Also, each dip can be made three days in advance!

Ingredients:

Blue Cheese Walnut Dip

  • 1 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp diced shallots
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 cups crumbled blue cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish
  • Grapes
  • Apple slices
  • Endives
Sweet Potato Ginger Dip 
  • 3/4 tsp curry powder
  • 1 cup mashed cooked sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • Assortment of veggies for serving

Spiced Cheddar Dip

  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Assortment of crackers for serving

Directions:

Blue Cheese Walnut Dip

  1. In a large food processor add the mayonnaise, buttermilk, shallots and white wine vinegar. Pulse the mixture until smooth. Next add the blue cheese and pulse until slightly chunky. Then add in the toasted walnuts and pulse until smooth. Add salt and pepper. Pulse again and then taste. Pour the dip into a bowl and garnish with fresh parsley and serve with grapes, apples, and endives!

Sweet Potato Ginger Dip 

  1. In a large food processor add the curry powder, sweet potato, Greek yogurt, water, tahini, lemon juice, fresh ginger and kosher salt. Blend until desired consistency is achieved. Pour the mixture into a bowl and serve veggies alongside.

Spiced Cheddar Dip

  1. In a large food processor place cheddar cheese, white wine, sour cream, horseradish, and paprika. Pulse to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pulse again until desired consistency is achieved. Place dip into a bowl and serve with crackers alongside.
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