Party Perfect Dip Recipes from Local Chefs

We asked the masterminds behind some of our favorite 417-land dips to share their recipes so you can whip up these crowd-pleasers at home.

The Pitch Pizza & Pub (924 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, 417-368-0277) might be known for pizza, but its spinach dip has developed quite a following of its own. A healthy dose of cream cheese adds plenty of richness, while lemon juice brightens up the whole dish. This appetizer will go quickly, so be sure to snag a few bites before you serve it to your friends.

A good dip is hard to beat. It can steal the show at a party. It can impress a co-worker at a potluck, and, with the addition of a glass of wine, it can make a lazy but satisfying dinner in front of the TV. We asked the masterminds behind some of our favorite 417-land dips to share their recipes so you can whip up these crowd-pleasers at home. Just keep the double dipping to a minimum, lest you get caught committing the ultimate party foul. 

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Recipe courtesy of The Pitch Pizza & Pub
Serves 8

¾ cup green onions, chopped
2 pounds whole canned artichokes
½ tablespoon ground black pepper
1½ pounds cream cheese
¾ cup feta
1½ cups heavy whipping cream
½ pound spinach
1 lemon, juiced

To prepare
Place all ingredients, except for spinach, in a pot. Over medium heat, stir frequently to cream all ingredients together. Once ingredient are combined and artichokes are broken up, add spinach. Cook spinach for five minutes. Remove from heat and place in a dish for serving. Serve with toast points 
or chips. 

Guinness Fondue

The Guinness fondue from Mudlounge (321 E. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-865-6964) has been a longtime favorite of downtown Springfield. This cheesy dip is made even better with the addition of Guinness, and it couldn’t be simpler to make. What’s not to love?

Recipe courtesy of Mudlounge
Serves 4

4 ounces cheddar cheese (mild or sharp depending on your preference)
4 ounces Velveeta cheese
6–8 ounces Guinness Stout
7–8 shakes Tabasco sauce
2–3 shakes Worcestershire sauce
Tortilla chips, bread and assorted veggies for dipping

To prepare
Combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium power for three to four minutes, stirring every minute until all ingredients are combined and melted. Pour mixture into a fondue pot or small crockpot to keep warm.

Black Bean Hummus

Sometimes hummus can be a little humdrum. Switch things up with this recipe from The Order (305 E. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-851-5299), which uses black beans in place of chickpeas for a fun twist on a Middle Eastern classic. The result is a delicious and—bonus!—healthy snack.

Recipe courtesy of The Order
Serves 8

12–15 cloves roasted garlic
¼ cup olive oil
2 cups cooked black beans
2 lemons, juiced
2 tablespoons cumin
¼ cup tahini
Salt and pepper to taste
Chimichurri for serving

To prepare
Blend all ingredients except oil in food processor until desired consistency. Slowly add in oil until fully incorporated. Serve topped with chimichurri. 

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