Last week we heard some requests for "appetizers without cheese". Yes, it is just about the easiest thing in the world to slap some goat cheese on a cracker and put an olive on top. Cheese makes appetizers easy. But let's move on, shall we? There is a wide world of spreads and dips beyond soft cheese and yogurt; here are 10 favorites that go big on flavor without any cheese.

There are some old favorites here, but we've given them each a twist — extra-spicy hummus, grilled guac — and some others you may not have thought of. Many of these, like the bean dips, can be used just like cheese. Dollop a bit on a cracker and sprinkle crushed almonds on top. Or serve for dipping along with some chips.

10 CHEESE-LESS DIPS • 1 Roasted Jalapeño & Lime Hummus - A spicy twist on the usual hummus. • 2 Oven-Roasted Tomato Jam - Spread on crackers or tiny rye toasts. • 3 No-Guilt Bean Dip - Yummy bean dip, without the cheese! • 4 Grilled Guacamole - Smoky, full-bodied guacamole. • 5 Fresh Shell Bean and Sage Spread - A simple bean dip. • 6 D.I.Y. Baba Ghanoush - Baba ghanoush is creamy, smoky, and delicious. • 7 Kalamata Olive Tapenade with Shallots - Tangy and piquant. • 8 Roasted Mushrooms with Herbs - Scrumptious on toast! • 9 Gabriela's Salsa Huevona (Lazy Salsa) - A fresh and simple salsa. • 10 Savory Vegan Dip - It's very hard to describe just how luxurious this vegan dip is!

What's your favorite cheese-less appetizer or snack?

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