DipTacular 2009

Well, I think we can all agree that it’s a glorious time of year. In addition to the fact that fall is just around the corner and September is blessedly, unseasonably cool so far, college football is now underway. In fact, as I’m writing this post Boise State and Oregon are playing on ESPN, and even thought I am always a wee bit puzzled by Boise State’s blue football field, I am TICKLED TO PIECES to see them on my TV screen tonight.

Because where college football leads, dips will most always follow.

Hallelujah. Give the Lord a handclap of praise.

I don’t think I’ve ever – EVER – met a dip that I didn’t like, and as far as I’m concerned there’s no more perfect gameday menu than about four or five dips and an assortment of chips. And I think it goes without saying that at least one of those bag-o-chips needs to be Fritos.

I adore a Frito.

Anyway, whenever my beloved Mississippi State Bulldogs play a televised game, you can rest assured that a couple of things will be happening in our house: 1) I will be vacuuming, because I get very, VERY nervous when the Bulldogs play and there’s something about vacuuming that soothes my nerves, not to mention that all my yelling isn’t nearly as obnoxious when the vacuum drowns it out and 2) I will be eating cheese dip. Well, and 3) I will be drinking diet Coke over ice.

And 4) I will be calling my sister at least 5 or 20 times.

We’re sort of enthusiastic about our Bulldogs around here.

So in the spirit of fall and football season and fun times with family and friends, here are a few dips that I love to make for college gamedays.

Caramelized Onion Dip
from Come On In

1 tablespoon REAL butter
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 large red onion, quartered, very thinly sliced
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup REAL mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

Saute’ onion in butter and oil until caramelized (takes about 15-20 minutes). Cool and combine with remaining ingredients. Mix well and chill for at least 1 hour. Serve with chips or crackers – or both if you’re feeling crazy. Serves 6.


Asian Style Dip
from Epicurious

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespooon toasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/4 teaspoon dried ginger
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

Combine first 11 ingredients in a small bowl; whisk to blend.

Cover and refrigerate. Serve with assorted cut-up vegetables (carrots, red bell peppers, sugar snap peas, cucumber, broccoli – whatever you like). Serves 6.


And finally, I’ve posted this recipe before, but OH MY WORD it bears repeating, mainly because it will change your life forever.

White Rotel Dip
from my sister-in-law Janie

3 packages of pork sausage (mild or spicy is fine – but use at least 1 maple-flavored)
4 packages of cream cheese
2 cans of Rotel tomatoes

Brown sausage and drain. In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients and heat until cheese is melted, being careful to stir often.

Serve with tortilla chips. And as I said the first time I posted it, if you’re worried about eating cream cheese AND sausage in the same dish, don’t worry because the tomatoes are TOTALLY healthy, and therefore you’ll be just fine.


I hope y’all have a great time looking through all the recipes today – I cannot WAIT to find some cheese-laden treasures. And remember: when you add your post to the Mr. Linky, please link to your specific post – not your general blog URL.

Happy DipTacular, y’all!

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  1. Cream cheese is a dairy product right? And don’t they say you should have 3-5 servings of dairy a day?

    Got cream cheese?

  2. I don’t have a blog but thought I’d share this recipe anyway… super easy and delicious.

    Bacon Ranch Dip
    (1) 16 ounce container sour cream
    (1) 2-cup bag of Mexican blend shredded cheese
    (1) pouch bacon bits
    (1) packet ranch dressing mix

    Mix ingredients together and serve with Wheat Thins.

  3. Hey There –

    So sorry for the second link in Mr. Linky- I messed up the first one and made a totally unclickable link. Whoops! You can just delete the first link, because it doesn’t work.

    Thanks for doing this! I LOVE this idea!

  4. My hubby’s a high school football coach. First game is tonight! Go team!

    Next week = coaches’ post-game party at my house. Bring on the dip!

  5. This is such a wonderful idea!! We can’t ever have too many dips to choose from! I can’t wait to make your Asian spread…it sounds amazing!!

    I live in North Alabama in the Decatur area…not too far from B’ham! :)

  6. Eeeep! I am so excited about new dips! Thanks for doing this! :o)

  7. Thanks so much for hosting this, Sophie. I don’t often comment, but your blog is such a joy to me. Makes me miss living in the South. :)

  8. Love this because who dosen’t love a good dip!

  9. Yay for football and cheese. Basically my two ideal companions . . .

  10. So many dips…so little time! :) I love all this! Thanks, Boomama!

  11. I posted a link to 3 of our favorites…Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball, Hot Reuben Dip, and Buffalo Chicken Dip.

    Fantastic Idea…I can’t wait to see all the other great recipes your readers put out here!
    Happy Dipping!

  12. I linked to three dips. The Hot Bacon and Swiss Dip gets the most recommendations but my husband also has to have the bean dip if he’s tailgating! And the artichoke dip is my favorite!

  13. Can’t wait to fix some of these new recipes. Who doesn’t love a good dip?

  14. Thanks for having a dip post really enjoyed it.

    You make me laugh everyday, I’m still thinking about the ‘closings’ post! Ha

  15. Yay for dips! There are 2 things that are extra close to my heart and those are college football (SEC of course) and any sort of dip! Great idea…thanks for hosting! Good luck this weekend with your Bulldogs, I will be cheering my Arkansas Razorbacks to victory…Go Hogs Go!

  16. Bless you for doing this. Your white rotel dip DID change my life.

  17. Oh. My. Word. I’ve never seen so much mayonnaise in one place before. And fritos? Don’t get me started. A handclap of praise, indeed!

  18. The White Rotel sounds really good to me! I did a Bruschetta dip. Have fun watching your team!!

  19. I don’t want to post over my Family Recipe Friday carnival today, and OhAmanda “stole” the only dip I usually make, but when I am feeling very reee-fined, I make this Antipasto Salsa from Cooking Light:

    Also like this pumpkin dip for apples or pita chips. MMM! So fall!

  20. YUMMY – these all sound so good! I need to have a party so I can make some dip.

  21. Yay love doing these things! So fun! And you get great recipies!! You can check out my blog for some yummy recipies!

  22. OH my. I’ll have to bookmark this post! I just put up a post about turtle soup, but, it’s not edible, so I don’t think I shall link. But my favorite dip includes sour cream, mayo, dill weed, dried onion, and Hormel’s Deviled Chicken. And while it’s called Dill Dip, it’s the chicken that really makes it yummy!
    Go DAWGS!!!!! (Georgia, that is…..)

  23. I love dips therefore I love this idea!

  24. Why haven’t I tried that sausage-y dip yet? Must. Eat. Now. (Or as soon as I can get myself to the store for some sausage!) Thanks for this fun carnival!!

  25. Even though I don’t watch sports, I love to eat dip. Lots and lots of dip. So I’m all about reading every link today!

  26. I just want to hug and kiss you dip friends! Yum….Yum…..Yum!

  27. White rotel dip is possibly the best thing that ever happened to Fritos Scoops.

  28. Boomama, these sound so good!! I am so glad that you did this!! So many good recipes out there!! Thank you!

  29. Thanks for doing this! All of these dips look wonderful, and I can’t wait to brouse through every one of them!

  30. Yummy, cannot wait to read and print out some great new dip recipes!
    I goofed on the first try linking but hopefully the 2nd time worked correctly!
    Blessings today and always,

  31. Yea, that rotel dip got even my grandmother’s approval, and she hates everything that she didn’t make herself. I haven’t got time to post my dips today, but I’m going to email them to you, because they are easy and you will appreciate all the cheese.

  32. So I’m another blog-less reader, but I just wanted to say that if you haven’t tried Harry & David’s Pepper and Onion Relish as a dip you must!!! You just mix a jar of it up with two blocks of cream cheese and it is to die for. It is a staple at any events our friends or family host. Yummy with chips-and even veggies for those healthy eaters!

  33. Thanks for this fabulous carnival- I’m furiously copying recipes ;-)

  34. I was so thrilled that you mentioned Boise State on your blog today, I am a BSU alum. Here in Idaho we call the blue turf the “smurf turf”. Love your blog.

  35. Yeah, that last dip? Made me cry it was so good.

  36. This might be the greatest idea ever. all the greatest dips in one great place? genius.

  37. What a wonderful idea…..love dip!!!!!
    Now I have SO MANY to make!!! Thank you, thank you!!!!

  38. I don’t have a blog, but this dip is very good and easy.

    Strawberry preserves
    whipped cream cheese

    Mix preserves with cream cheese. Dip fritos and enjoy!

    (Apple pepper jelly instead of strawberry is also very good.)

  39. You have no idea what this is going to do to my weight loss efforts! Oh and HAPPY FOOTBALL SEASON, because it is it’s own holiday isn’t it?

  40. Wow. You obviously had a great idea. All these dip recipes are fabulous.

  41. This is not a dip so I didn’t want to add it to the dips … but I have a recipe for FRITO SALAD that I think you will love.

    1 bag chili cheese fritos
    1 can corn (drained)
    1 2cup bag of cheddar cheese
    some diced red onion (to taste)
    1 cup mayo

    mix all together (except fritos) and add fritos to mayo mix right before serving.

    This would be a good time to mention that sometimes I do use the mayo mix as a dip for the chili cheese fritos because the fritos will get soggy once they are in the salad for like an hour or two. Also, I’m not completely sure about the 1 cup mayo because I just sort of add enough to make everything else stick together so … be flexible. But this is my most favorite, easy, delightful salads to take places. And it will be GREAT for football!

  42. Woot!!

    Thanks for hosting, BooMama. Can’t wait to curl up with my ‘puter and a grocery list and get to makin’ some of these.

  43. Putting one up later…
    I have to say that White Rotel does sound yummy but should be renamed “Heart Attack on a Chip.”

  44. I had blog posts planned for today and tomorrow (and I’m a little OCD about posting no more than once a day and following my schedule, hehe), so I’ll put my recipe here:

    Peanut Butter Dip:
    1 cup Peanut Butter
    1 cup Softened Cream Cheese
    1 cup Brown Sugar
    1/4 cup Milk

    Mix it all together. I serve it with apples, carrots, celery, and pretzels – DELICIOUS!!!

  45. Please remove my link at #17, in my haste to link up prior to my children waking I neglected to link to the specific post.
    I have re-linky’d.

  46. Can’t wait to try your white Rotel dip! Never tried it and sure I’ll love it!!!

    The second comment has the recipe I posted on my blog, but they say to eat with Wheat Thins…..that’s too healthy!! Frito’s are much more addicting and enjoyable! :-)

  47. Man alive but do I love that white Rotel dip.

    Are you ready for the big game tomorrow? We’re so there!

  48. My favorite dip recipe is:
    Spinach Dip
    1 cup sour cream
    1 cup mayo
    1 package frozen chopped spinach (thawed)
    1 envelope Knorr vegetable soup mix

    Mix ingredients together. Refigerate for 3-24 hours and serve with crackers, tortilla chips or sourdough bread.

  49. I know this is not about dips…but I wrote a blog for ladies about football 101, just so they good get in some brownie points with the guys. ;)

    Blessings to each of you! Can’t wait to try some of these dips!


  50. Thanks, BooMama! I’m looking forward to starting off the football season with some new dip recipes!

  51. I cannot wait to look through all of these dips!! I love getting new recipes. :) I linked two of mine.

  52. Go Bulldogs! I’m heading to Starkville in a couple of hours….AND I’M SO EXCITED I can’t get any work done, so I’m blog surfing! Enjoy game day!!

  53. Oh Sophie – I was tickled to death that you gave a shoutout to Boise State. What a game! We live here and BSU has converted me into a college football fan. And anybody who knows me can’t imagine how in the world that happened. I don’t understand a thing about the game and I don’t understand the rules at all – but I have never missed a single game since the Fiesta Bowl!!!
    It’s gonna be a great season!!!

  54. I walked in the room to the football game on last night and thought the same thing . . . What’s up with that blue field??

    Odd! Can’t wait to try the white rotel!

    (found you through uncommonblonde btw)

  55. Oh, and the blue field? When you see it in person it is really beautiful. And fun. And memorable!

  56. By the way….you mean you didn’t watch Spurrier?

  57. I don’t have a post about this dip. But if I did it would be 3 sentences long. So I’m just commenting.
    Here it is:
    Put block of cream cheese on a plate & let get to room temp. Pour Pickapeppa sauce over cream cheese. Serve.
    (Pickapeppa is usually near the worcestershire & hot sauces in the store.)
    Easy peasy & delish.

  58. I heart dip!! I posted lots of my faves.

  59. I love all the dips! THANK YOU!

    Here is my go-to Corn Dip:

    2 cans of corn (drained)
    1 block of cream cheese
    1/2 stick of butter
    1 can chopped green chilies
    a few chopped slices of jarred jalapenos
    some of the jalapeno juice too (depending on the heat you can stand)

    Dump all of the ingredients into a pot on the stove and heat through until everything mixes. Serve with tortilla chips.

  60. YUM! I’m so excited about all these dips to try!!

  61. Thank you for hosting – what a fun idea! I’m bookmarking this page forever. You rawk!

  62. Mmmm, these are going to be good!! Thanks Sophie for hosting for I know it will reap TREASURES! Have a wonderful weekend with a winning team!!

  63. That White Rotel Dip you posted? We call it “Evil Dip” — because it’s seriously addicting!

  64. This may be the best football season ever :) So excited about all of the dips. Go Vandy!

  65. I thought you might be interested in the fact that it is International Bacon Day.
    They hold it on the same day as Deep Fried Butter Day. I mean really, why not?
    What a great day!

  66. Thanks for all the great ideas!! I keep a spiral of quick and east fixers for when the cowboys all show up unannounced.

  67. I. Love. White. Ro-tel. Dip!

    Thanks so much for the exact ratio/ proportion to use. Every time I ask somebody for their recipe, they just say, “Oh, its, just cream cheese, sausage, and Ro-tel” I want to know how much!!!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  68. This is the best linky ever. I can not WAIT to go through EVERY link and get all the diptacular results. THANK YOU!!!

  69. Hi, BooMama! I hopped on over here from BigMama’s blog. And to find a list of dips! What a day! I can’t wait to test the White Rotel Dip. You are right-on about the Fritos. Fritos Scoops to be exact. Thanks for the recipes! Happy Dipping!

  70. I don’t have a dip recipe to share yet, but since you love Fritos, I want to share an idea! My high school used to serve “Bag-O-Chili” at the football games. Open an individual bag of Fritos, spoon some chili over the top (or hot dog sauce if you don’t like beans), then some Cheese (shredded or Whiz!), a dallop of sour cream, and a few banana peppers! And you can take it with you to the couch, that’s the best part! You. are. welcome! ;)

  71. Wow! This is a virtual encyclopedia of dips! Thanks for putting this together, Boo Mama!

  72. joining in the fun! so happy to see soooo many great recipes… who doesn’t want to take the tastiest treat to the party!

  73. Mmm… delicious recipes ladies!

  74. I am so saddened to tell you I don’t have an original recipe to share. I thought about posting an AllRecipe as my own but had second thoughts.

    But here’s my confession:
    My name is Lauren, and I’m a cheese-a-holic.

  75. This post alone is to blame for the 25 pounds I plan to gain this football season.
    And by the way, I’ll be stealing your “Give the Lord a handclap of praise” as my new closing line. :)

  76. Fabulous idea! Can’t wait to try so many of these! Thanks for hosting!

  77. Fabulous idea! Can’t wait to try so many of these! Thanks for hosting! You got me to re-enter the blogworld!

  78. I’m LOVING your blog and I just stumbled upon it today!! I’m in AL too! North of B’ham! Have a great, football-filled weekend! I know we will!!

  79. Yummy! This is so fun and I can’t wait to try as many of these as possible! Thank you for hosting:D

  80. we like bulldogs ’round here too! but the georgia kind ;o) so much in fact we’ve got puppies on the way! scooch on over to my blog around halloween to see pics. gooooo dawgs!!!

  81. I refound you at The Finer Things in Life. My dip is Melon Salsa:-) Give it a try!

  82. This is amazing! There is nothing like a frito + a cream cheese/ cheese/ rotel concoction. Thanks for putting this together. I lost 5 pounds this summer, so I’ve got some wiggle room for football season! WOOHOO!

  83. Just wanted to say I will be in the junction cheering on the bulldogs!

    Then in memphis cheering on my rebels!

  84. These are great! I will be trying lots of them very soon! Go Georgia Bulldogs!

  85. Oh, W-O-W! Hundreds of dip recipes all in one spot. Thank you BooMama!

  86. Oh, I just LOVE this! This is enough dip to actually eat dip every single day of the college football season straight on thru to the National Chamopinship game on January 7th with enough days lefotver to eat on to the Super Bowl! Bowing (momentarily and in as non-heathen a way as possible) to the altar of Philadelphia Cream Cheese! Happy Dipping!

  87. 2 tubes of Bob Evans originaly flavor sausage 1 tube of Bob Evans Spicey sausage. Cook in crock pot mashing every 1/2 hour with a hand potato masher until done. Add on box of Valveeta Cheese and let it melt….again mash with potato masher. Serve with Fritos scoops or put on cocktail bread.
    God Bless, Pam , South Bend

  88. Trish we call those “Walking Tacos”
    Pam, South Bend

  89. I can’t believe how many dip recipes are up there! And DARNIT if you’re not making me hungry. It’s 10:15 pm and I’m on a diet! Stop it, ya hear?!

  90. Ohmigosh – did you see this?



  91. I don’t have a blog so I can’t do a linky thing.
    This dip goes over great in the Grove.


  92. Question if you actually see this.. How do you do you caramelize the onions without them sticking or getting over done. I bet you have a great saute pan I bet that is the trick

  93. Thanks for doing this! I’m so excited to check them all out!

  94. Thanks! I’m definitely going to try the sausage creamy one on my small group of ladies – they’ll love it!

  95. Have you ever looked at the ingredients list for Fritos? Corn, Oil, Salt. It’s like eating a daggum vegetable! They make every dip a health food.

  96. Annette Standrod says:

    HOLY COW that’s a lot of dips! I am a chip n’ dip girl so i can’t wait to look at them all.

  97. Yeah MSU! Wondered during the game which recipe(s) you tried while watching their first game of the season!!!

    Yeah Bulldogs,

  98. I don’t dig football, but I DO dig dip. ;-)

  99. Yum. There are some good receipes here!

  100. I’m going to have to take some time and browse through all these recipes. I hope you do your holiday house tour that you did last year. I really enjoyed that.