By one report I saw today, there will be over 30 million Super Bowl parties on Sunday. That’s going to be a lot of dip. Dip for chips, vegetables, even shrimp or crab. And for those more upscale “dipables” like seafood you’ll want an equally upscale dip. Something easy, yet something a tad different.

Great Party Dips by Peggy Fallon is a slim, interesting book that has all the classics — salsa fresca, guacamole, creamy herb dip — plus new dip ideas that are just the ticket for the Super Bowl. Well, a food ticket. Nothing here is going to get you into the game.

If you do just happen to have a spare ticket, you can email me. I would be thrilled. Somewhere on or near the fifty yard line.

This dip has a lightness that comes from folding in whipped cream, an irresistible ingredient for me. And, it can be made up to three days in advance, so party preparation can be spread over multiple days. The last thing you need, at the start of your party, is to already be tired from getting ready for your own party. Dividing the effort of preparing that party spread over multiple days is simply wise planning.


Creamy Horseradish Dipping Sauce with Fresh Chives

Yield: 1 ½ cups, enough for 6-8


  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons honey-Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons prepared white horseradish, or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives


In a medium bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, mustard, horseradish and white pepper.

In another bowl, whip the cream until forms stiff peaks. Fold the whipped cream and chives into the horseradish mixture until blended.

Transfer to a small bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 3 days before serving.

Source: Great Party Dips by Peggy Fallon