This Plating Trick Makes Serving Chips And Dip Even Easier

The combination of chips and dip is almost always a staple at parties — whether it's as show-stopping as artisanal spicy potato chips served with truffle aioli or as simple as a bag of Lay's and some store-bought onion dip. No matter if it's fancy or inexpensive, the popular appetizer is always a hit at parties and is incredibly easy to serve. Although, despite its simplicity, there are those who truly want to give the classic party dish the same amount of showmanship and display that even the most complex dishes deserve. 

There are many ways to serve chips and dip rather than the tried-and-true method of an open bag of chips and glass jar of dip on a snack table. Ideas can range from creating colorful paper cones to act as a holder for chips (via Evite) to creating bread bowls filled to the brim with warm, gooey cheese dip (as seen on Tastes Better From Scratch). While these are great ideas that can bring flair to any party, if you want something that is easy and quick, and maximizes the ease of enjoying fresh salsa at your next bash, we got you covered.

A wine glass can come to the rescue for your display

Before you decide to pop open that bag of Doritos and carelessly dump them into a bowl, wait — we have a better idea. Instead, locate a wine glass of suitable size (plastic or glass will both do just fine) and place it within the center of your serving bowl. Then, you can proceed to surround the wine glass with your chips of choice. After, simply fill the wine glass with as much dip as you can, creating an "island" of a creamy spread built right into the center of your ocean of salty, savory snack food.

This tip comes from YouTuber DaveHax, who publishes videos based around cheap and easy-to-do hacks in the kitchen, for holidays, and just general interesting things for life's many little inconveniences and obstacles. However, Dave wasn't the first person to come up with the idea of serving dip in the center of your chip bowl. There exists a wide variety of kitchenware designed around this exact purpose. Uncommon Goods sells an $85 stoneware dish composed of four crescent-shaped compartments encircling an interior bowl, allowing you to hold up to four different snack foods with your favorite dip in the center. And Neiman Marcus sells an elaborate ceramic chip dish with an overhanging dip bowl, suspended by two bronze-colored rails for $243. 

Rather then "invent" the hack, however, Dave merely took the idea and made a more affordable — and easy — alternative for us to enjoy. Now that's a real chip off the old block!