Holiday Dip - Multiple Ways

With the holidays right around the corner, that means the dinner parties and family gatherings are coming up pretty quickly. Typically, as I think most families do, they tend to stay with the same old family recipes that they have been making for years. You can always count on the same dishes, year after year. I mean the holidays are just not the same if you take away one of those dishes. With that being said, the appetizers are just as important, but you tend to have a little bit more flexibility with switching things up. Every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas the spinach artichoke dip is a must. It just has to be there. We always have the chips to dip in it, but sometimes you just want to get a tad more creative.

You can take that delicious filling and stuff it in dough and make a delightful empanada. It's so simple. You cut the dough into circles (you could use a biscuit cutter for that), put a tablespoon of the filling, fold it over and pinch the edges shut with a fork and finish it off with an egg wash to make it nice and golden (try not to egg wash the crimped edges). Pop into the oven at 400 degrees and bake for 30 minutes. You could also prep these little suckers weeks before and just place in a freezer bag and place in the freezer. Then take them out prior to serving and follow the same baking instructions.

Another option is to grab a mini muffin pan. Roll out some Pillsbury crescent dough, take a rolling pin and roll out all the seams. Using a pizza cutter, cut into squares. Place the squares in the mini muffin pan or you can opt out of the muffin pan and just use a baking sheet. Add a dollop of your special dip. If you are omitting the muffin pan, take all four corners and pinch together at the center. It should look like a little purse. Bake in the oven at 375 for for 15 minutes. Some fancy grocery stores have phylo dough in little trays already cut and formed. You just have to dollop in your filling and bake.

There are so many ways you can switch up your traditional holiday dips and make it fun and new. I mean who doesn't love to have mini little bites to pop in their mouth while they're waiting for the turkey or the ham to make their debut. Hope you all have a great start to this most wonderful time of year!

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