Dipping Sauce
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A Dipping Sauce, also called a “Dip” is a Condiment into which various foods are dipped for flavoring and texture. 

Varieties

Common Dipping Sauces include: Aioli, Baba GhanoushBagna Càuda, Barbecue Sauce, Blue Cheese Dressing, Chili Con QuesoChili OilChutney, Clam Dip, Cocktail Sauce, Crab Dip, Fish Sauce, Fondue, French Onion Dip, Bean Dip, Guacamole, Hummus, KetchupMayonnaiseMarinara SauceOlive OilSalsa, Ranch Dressing, Soy Sauce, Tartar SauceTzatziki Sauce, Spinach Dip, etc.

Culinary Uses

Dips are commonly used for finger foods, appetizers, and other easily held foods. Foods that are commonly “Dipped” include: Chips, Breads, Vegetables, Dumplings, French Fries, Pita Bread, Crackers, Seafood, Cheeses, Tortilla Chips, Meats (especially Deep Fried Meats), etc.

Dipping Sauces are unusual, compared to most other Sauces because they are not applied to “Sauce” the food. Instead the food is immersed in the Dipping Sauce to achieve the coating. Dipping Sauce are typically thick and many are based on thicker Dairy products such as Sour CreamCrème FraicheYogurtGreek YogurtSoft Cheeses, etc. Many others are Mayonnaise based. Vegetable Purées also work.

Various Fruits, Sweets and Pastries can be served with sweet dipping Sauces such as Chocolate Sauce or Strawberry Sauce.