Dips with a difference…

From full-on parties to petite gatherings, nibbles always go down a treat, so we asked food blogger Lucy Parissi for her favourite dip ideas.

The weather’s turned warm which means two things – barbecues and al fresco dining. And nothing keeps guests happy while the barbecue heats up like delicious dips to tuck into. Below are two of my favourite recipes. Serve up in Sainsbury’s selection of nibble bowls, and guests will be doubly impressed.

Zesty avocado dip

A crowd pleaser

Combine an avocado with sour cream, lime juice, fresh coriander, a pinch of salt and a couple of dashes of Tabasco sauce. Adjust the seasoning to taste, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with black pepper. To complement this dip’s subtle style, serve in printed Mono Dip Bowls. Not only do they look like they’ve been plucked from a Mediterranean dining table, but they’re made from melamine, so are suitably hardwearing for outdoor dining.

Spicy pepper dip

Turn up the heat

Put half a jar of sundried peppers, feta cheese, greek yogurt and a little sweet paprika and salt in a food processor and blitz. Taste and adjust the seasoning and serve, sprinkled with fresh chopped chives. Take it one step further and make your own tortilla chips. Simply brush some tortillas with a little oil and slice into wedges. Sprinkle with salt and paprika and bake for 5 minutes on each side.

Summer inspired design on ceramic bowls

Petite pots

Set of 2 Melamine Mono Dip Bowls, £1.50 | 2. Terracotta Dip Bowl, £2.50 |
3. Santana Dip Bowl, £2.50 | 4. Set of 2 Melamine Mono Dip Bowls, £1.50 |
5. Aqua Print Dip Bowls, £2.50 each | 6. Terracotta Dip Bowl, £2.50

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See more ideas on Lucy Parissi’s website.