Quick Dips for parties or starters

‘We are always too short of time to spend hours in the kitchen and quick dips are always the perfect solution for entertaining a large crowd outdoors.  Here are some quick dips I made on tv recently

Serve with fresh bread, vegetable crudités, potato skins and galletti.

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Artichoke and Spinach Dip with home made herb croutons.  Photo CJ Baldacchino during a live tv show

For the warm artichoke dip you will need:

1 cup grated cheese [ I used a mix of parmegiano reggiano and mature edam]
1 cup frozen spinach
1 cup canned artichoke hearts
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup cream cheese or mascarpone
salt and pepper as desired

Preheat the oven to 180C.
Place all the ingredients in a bowl. Use a fork to mix then lightly break down the ingredients and mix again until the mixture appears consistent. Place in an ovenproof dish and heat up in the oven for 20 minutes. Serve hot or cold with croutons, baked sweet potato crisps and fresh vegetables.

Tuna and sweetcorn dip with smoked paprika served with baked sweet potato crisps.  Photo taken during a live tv show by CJ Baldacchino

For the tuna dip you will need:

1/3 cup tuna fish
1/3 cup sweetcorn
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon dried herbs of your choice
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
salt and pepper to season as desired

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and use a fork to lightly break down the ingredients.  Place the mixture in a serving bowl and garnish with a sprinkling of smoked paprika and some more tuna chunks and sweet corn.  Serve with a variety of fresh vegetables, croutons and sweet baked potato chips.

For a quick guacamole dip you will need:


1 avocado, mashed
1 tbsp lemon juice
Small clove garlic
¼ tsp chilli flakes
1 tbsp plain coconut milk

Simply mix all the ingredients together.  No need for a mixer or blender.  Mash and mix.

Spinach and Avocado Dip

This is an ideal dip to use up avocados that are simply over-ripe as the spinach will blend with the avocado to freshen up the colour of an overripe avocado giving a vibrant ‘

You will need:

1 cup fresh spinach leaves
2 ripe avocados, mashed up
a clove of garlic OR use garlic spray
75ml yoghurt
2 tablespoons fresh coriander OR flat leaf parsley, according to your preference
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
salt and pepper

Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and use a hand held blender to process to a smooth paste.  Place in the fridge for an hour and serve with fresh bread, galletti and vegetable crudites.

And here are some more quick dips by whizzing in a blender the ingredients listed and they are ready in a matter of minutes; refrigerate for an hour before serving.

Quick Cheesy Dip

50 g Pecorino
100 g cream cheese
1 tsp chutney
¼ onion finely chopped

Quick Creamy Herb Dip

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil or mint
100 g cream cheese
2 tbsp plain yoghurt

Quick Curry Dip

100 g mayonnaise
½ tablespoon curry powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp yoghurt
1 tbsp chopped sultanas

Quick Smoked Ricotta Dip

150 g ricotta, mashed
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp olive oil

Quick Cucumber Yoghurt Dip

½ cucumber, grated
Zest of ½ lemon
200 g plain yoghurt
Fresh ground pepper

Quick Chickpea Dip  [vegan]

1 can chickpeas, drained and mashed [remember to keep the liquid/aquafaba – it also freezes well]
8 tbsp almond milk
2 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp lemon juice

Quick Olive Dip [vegan]

200 g tofu, mashed
75 g olives of your choice, finely chopped
Juice of ½ lemon
1 tbsp fresh parsley
1 tbsp olive oil
Freshly ground pepper

And links to some more of my tv recipes:

A most delicious Feta Dip

Very Quick Pea and Cashew Dip

Hummus using Chickpea Flour [Gram Flour] instead of Chickpeas

Minty Favetta Dip

Chickpeanut Dip

And a sweet vegan dip of Raw Brownie Batter

Lea’s Good Food Everyday airs on Smash TV every day and you can follow on facebook

Trade Enquiries:

Filippo Berio Olive Oil is available at Rimus Group

Cheeses by Fior di Vita at Quality Foods

Dried herbs and spices, nuts by Lamb Brand

Fresh vegetables by Big Fresh in Mosta, Oscar’s Fruit and Vegetables in Paola and Barbuto [organic]

8 responses to “Quick Dips for parties or starters”

  1. Love the ricotta and olive one!

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