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A party dip is an instant crowd pleaser. Any seasoned host knows that you can set out all the cheese and crackers or mixed nuts you please, but the vessel of dip — especially a warm one — will always be the first to go.  

But not all dips are created equal. In fact, it’s important to match the dip with the type of party you’re throwing. If you’re hosting friends for the big game, for example, you can serve buffalo chicken dip and beer cheese fondue to your heart’s desire. But if you’re in charge of the big holiday meal, the last thing you want is for everyone to fill up on the appetizer. 

That’s where this Kale and Artichoke Gratin Dip comes in. It’s a lighter alternative to classic spinach artichoke dip, while still providing all the creamy, cheesy bites you crave. The wilted kale adds loads of nutrients and a rich, earthy flavor, and using fat-free cottage cheese in place of cream cheese packs the dip with protein. A squeeze of lemon juice brightens everything up, and a handful of Parmesan cheese adds the perfect salty kick. The result is a festive green dip (don’t forget the garnish of chives!) that’s perfect for the holiday season.  

As if you needed any more convincing, this dip tastes good with everything. You’ll want to have one platter filled with veggies: think carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumber spears, and mini bell peppers. Endive leaves are great, too — their naturally curved sides make them the perfect shape for dipping. Then, set out another platter of crunchy, salty snacks: we’re talking pita chips, tortilla chips, pretzel sticks, and buttery crackers.  

In a season filled with cheese balls, cocktails, and holiday cookies galore, your guests will be grateful for this veggie-packed dip. Can’t wait any longer to dig in? Go ahead and do a practice run. Thanks to its nutritious nature, it’s just as suitable for a weeknight at home as it is a jam-packed party. 

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