Dips are fantastic picnic appetisers. They are easy to whip up, have no end of variations and can be hot or cold. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to dips, which is what makes them fabulous picnic companions.
We often reach for our favourite, or seasonal dip as an appetiser served with crusty bread, crackers or raw veg sticks. Hoever, a good dip recipe can be so much more.
Other Ways to Use Dips for a Picnic
I love picnic dips such as hummus or baba ganoush as a sandwich or wrap spread. They also work well served as a side to grilled meats or added to burgers.
Add a dip with a bit of a spicy kick to any number of picnic-friendly Mexican dishes – Tortilla or picnic burrito with Salsa Roja, anyone?
Use dips as the centre dish for a mezze plate of assorted goodies, serve them as part of a wine and cheese picnic, or as part of a charcuterie board. Our hearty warm dips are especially good for this.
Turn to the seasons for dip inspiration, especially in spring and fall when there is so much dip friendly seasonal produce. Think peas and pumpkin, eggplant and red peppers. And, of course, there is no end of dips you can make with a trusty tin of chickpeas.
Many dips also freeze well, so you can always have some on hand for an impromptu picnic.
Warm Dip Recipes
No one ever said a great picnic dip had to be cold. When we think of cool weather picnics, our minds turn to comforting foods, and dips don't need to be the exception. Stray from the path of standard cold dips to discover a world of warm dips that can be so much more than a simple appetiser. These hot dip recipes use seasonal produce perfect for a fall picnic menu and are the perfect comfort food for cosy winter picnics.
Worried about keeping your dips hot? We have all the tips for keeping your food warm for a picnic here.