Planning for the holidays can be stressful, especially when it comes to entertaining friends and family. You could head to the freezer section at your supermarket and stock up on pre-made appetizers, but there is a simple and versatile nibble you can prepare with Greek yogurt and a few other ingredients: cold and hot dips! If you’re not sure what to serve at your next holiday gathering, get started with these easy Greek yogurt dip recipes so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests.
It doesn’t get any more classic than this creamy, luscious spinach dip. Ready in 10 minutes with a handful of ingredients, including Oikos 11% plain yogurt, you can serve the dip alongside an assortment of vegetable spears and fancy crackers for a party-perfect appetizer. It’s also delightfully addictive, so try not to eat it all before the guests arrive.
Smoky Eggplant Dip with Yogurt and Mint
If you enjoy baba ganoush, this smoky eggplant dip is a must-try. You will have to fire up a grill to roast the eggplant but once you taste it, you’ll know it was worth the extra effort. When the eggplant is roasted, scoop the insides and add them to a food processor along with full-fat Greek yogurt, freshly squeezed lemon juice, mint and a few other ingredients, and pulse a few times to combine. Serve it warm or chilled with grilled pita triangles.
Butternut Squash Hummus
This velvety hummus adds sweet butternut squash to chickpeas in a dip that’s perfect for winter entertaining. You will have to roast the squash in the oven before combining it with the other ingredients, including creamy Greek yogurt, tahini and a dash of cinnamon. It’s best served at room temperature with a touch of maple syrup and your choice of toasted pita bread or lightly grilled baguette slices.
Lamb Kabobs With Tzatziki Sauce
Holiday gatherings and food served on skewers always go hand in hand, allowing partygoers to nosh while mingling. That makes these succulent, spiced lamb kabobs with creamy tzatziki a must-add to your entertaining menu. The tangy sauce – made with Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic and lemon juice – can also double as a dip for crudités and pita bread, cutting down on your prep time before guests arrive. You can also swap out the lamb for ground beef or chicken if you like.
Mediterranean Hummus Trifle
Whoever said a dip can’t be the centrepiece of your festive spread never met this Mediterranean twist on the seven layer dip before. It all starts with store-bought hummus that’s combined with staples like artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes and basil, and then layered in a trifle dish with olives, cucumbers and chickpeas. Topped with a generous helping of Greek yogurt, you’ll want to serve this with some thick pita chips to scoop up all of the delicious flavours.