We’re getting SO close to holiday week— since they all actually fall around the same time this year (how cool?!)— so I think it’s time we start talking about what we’re going to EAT!
And let’s steer clear of desserts today because, let’s face it, we’ve got the dessert down PAT by now. #cookieoverload
Surprisingly, one of my favorite things to plan for the holidays are the appetizers. Don’t get me wrong, the big dinner is always fun to plan too, but you need something to tide you over while you wait, and you might as well make it fun and delicious, am I right?
Cue— this holiday DIP BOARD!
Are dip boards a thing? Did I totally make that up? Who knows— but I’m sure you totally catch my drift on what we’re making today. A whole lot of dips with a whole lot of dipping vessels 🙂
I decided to make my dip board entirely vegan because my sister is newly dairy-free and I want to incorporate LOTS of things that she can eat—- and that everyone else will enjoy (my picky father and brother included). Of course you can mix up your dips depending on your family’s eating preferences, but I promise you, these are serious crowd-pleasers.
For my dips, I first decided on my very favorite Roasted Tomato Basil White Bean Hummus. YOU GUYS. This stuff is ridiculously addicting. And so easy to make you. If you have an oven and a food processor or high speed blender, your job is essentially done for you. Definitely recommend this one!
As my second dip, I went with my current obsession, this homemade Caramelized Onion & Roasted Garlic Hummus. The one takes a little more effort, as you have to caramelize onions, but it’s worth it just for the way it makes your house SMELL as you’re cooking up those onions! Mmmmm it’s the best!
If you’re looking for some more hummus options, I also recommend this Lemon Rosemary Hummus, my friend Alexa’s Buffalo Chickpea Hummus, and this Basil Pesto Hummus. All are equally amazing and are sure to be crowd-pleasers.
My third dip is an obvious choice: GUAC! Now, avocados are obviously not in season right now and are pretty expensive at the grocery store, so I went with my favorite GOODFOODS Chunky Guacamole. It saves me so much time— so can focus on my other dips— and tastes seriously amazing.
I’ve told you guys about my love for GOODFOODS guac before, mostly because of their amazing ingredients and fantastic taste. (PS check out these Sweet Potato Bites and Loaded Vegan Nachos featuring GOOODFOODS). Literally, it’s everything I put in my homemade guacamole, no additives or preservatives to be found! And around holiday time, I’m always looking for ways to save time in the kitchen (since there are so many things to be done), so this is a great way to make that happen.
I usually buy my GOODFOODS Guacamole at my local Target, but I’ve also found it in bulk at Costco. Definitely check it out!
So last, but not least, we have our dipping vessels. I went with some traditional veggies— carrots, celery, cucumbers— and then some multigrain crackers and sea salt pita chips for some added crunch. I also sliced up a loaf of french bread, which was perfect for the Roasted Tomato Basil White Bean Hummus and I totally recommend doing the same.
Oh, and olives, because you just need olives 😉
If you’re gluten free, all you need to do is switch up the crackers, pita, and bread for gluten free substitutes and you’re good to go.
Well, I hope this gives you guys a little inspiration for your holiday planning! Let the count down begin!