Last updated on April 18th, 2023 at 09:12 am
Delicious, hot, and cheesy – what more could you want in a dip? If you’re looking for a crowd-pleaser appetizer for your next party, look no further than our Hot Caprese Dip recipe.
This savory dish combines the classic flavors of Caprese salad – fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella – with a warm and gooey twist. In this article, we’ll walk you through how to make this delectable dip step-by-step and provide tips for serving and storing.
Hot Caprese Dip
- Medium-sized bowl
- Mixing bowl
- Hand mixer or stand mixer
- Baking Dish
- Chef's knife
- Cutting board
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Baguette slices or crackers, for serving
- Preheat your oven to 375°F(190°C).
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the chopped tomatoes and basil. Season with salt and pepper, then set aside.
- In a separate bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth. Add the sour cream, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, and minced garlic, and beat until everything is well combined.
- Stir the tomato mixture into the cheese mixture, mixing until everything is evenly distributed.
- Spoon the dip into a baking dish and smooth out the surface with a spatula.
- Bake the dip for 15-20 minutes, or until it is heated through and bubbly.
- Serve the hot Caprese dip with baguette slices or crackers for dipping. Enjoy!
- If you don’t have access to fresh tomatoes, you can use canned tomatoes as a substitute, just be sure to drain them well before chopping.
- For a slightly healthier version of this recipe, you can use low-fat cream cheese and sour cream.
- This dip can be customized by adding other ingredients such as chopped olives or sun-dried tomatoes. Just be sure to chop them finely.
- Be sure to bring the dip to room temperature before baking if it has been refrigerated.
- This dip can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
- Store any leftover dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
- You can also make this dip in a slow cooker by combining all the ingredients and cooking on low for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
Tips for Serving:
- This dip is best served hot and fresh out of the oven. If you need to reheat it, use the oven or a toaster oven to avoid making it too runny.
- IfAddore red pepper flakes to the recipe.
- If you prefer a spicier kick you can also experiment with different types of cheese, such as provolone or fontina, to give the dip a unique flavor.
- For a healthier twist, serve the dip with sliced vegetables such as carrots, celery, or bell peppers.
Tips for Storing:
- Store any leftover dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- To reheat, transfer the dip to an oven-safe dish and bake at 375°F (190°C) for 10-15 minutes or until it’s heated through.
- Do not freeze this dip as the mayonnaise and cream cheese can separate and create a grainy texture when thawed.
Can I use canned tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes?
You can use canned tomatoes in this recipe, but drain them well before chopping them.
Can I make this dip ahead of time?
You can make this dip and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake it. Just be sure to bring it to room temperature before baking.
Can I use dried basil instead of fresh basil?
While fresh basil is preferred in this recipe, you can use dried basil instead. Use one tablespoon of dried basil instead of 1/4 cup of fresh basil.
Can I substitute another type of cheese for the mozzarella cheese?
Yes, you can use a different type of cheese, such as Gouda or cheddar, instead of mozzarella cheese.
Can I use low-fat cream cheese and sour cream in this recipe?
Yes, you can use low-fat cream cheese and sour cream, but the dip may be slightly less creamy and rich.
Can I add other ingredients to this dip, such as chopped olives or sun-dried tomatoes?
Yes, you can customize this dip by adding other ingredients to it. Just be sure to chop any additional ingredients finely.
Can I freeze this dip?
While it’s technically possible to freeze this dip, it may not retain its texture and flavor after thawing.
How do I store leftovers of this dip?
Store any leftover dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
Can I make this dip in a slow cooker?
Yes, you can make this dip in a slow cooker by combining all ingredients and cooking on low for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
Can I serve this dip with something other than baguette slices or crackers?
Yes, you can serve this dip with vegetables, such as sliced cucumbers or carrots or pita chips, or tortilla chips.
Final Thought On Making This Hot Caprese Dip
This Hot Caprese Dip will surely be a hit at your next party or gathering. It’s quick and easy to make, requires only a few simple ingredients, and is full of flavor.
With this Caprese dip recipe in your arsenal, you’ll always be a go-to appetizer that will impress your guests.
Give it a try and see why it’s one of my all-time favorites.