Make-Your-Own Creamy Chip Dip

Very Easy
Makes 2 cups
Ingredients: 

16 oz. softened cream cheese

1/2 cup salad dressing (such as Miracle Whip) or mayonnaise

1/4 cup half-and-half (approx.)

- choice of stir-ins (see suggestions below)

Instructions: 

Beat cream cheese until creamy and smooth; stir in remaining ingredients until well blended, adding additional half-and-half to reach desired consistency.

Stir-Ins:

  • 10 oz. frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese (such as Cheddar, Blue or Parmesan)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cooked shrimp, crab or bacon
  • 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup caramelized onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped, pitted olives or pimentos
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika or taco seasoning
  • 2 tbsp. sliced green onion
  • 2-4 dashes Worcestershire or hot sauce
  • 1/2-1 tsp. dried herbs
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • kosher salt and/or coarse ground black pepper, to taste