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Easy Hot Caprese Dip Recipe

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Welcome to the delicious world of Hot Caprese Dip! This savory dip is a combination of classic Italian flavors and creamy melted cheese, perfect for snacking or even an appetizer at your next party. The dish is quick and easy to make, with simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. It’s sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it.

Hot Caprese Dip in a cast iron skillet.

Thanks to my new television addiction to the show Extra Virgin, all I want to do is eat Italian food. I even have come up with an appetizer based on the flavors of the traditional caprese salad.

If you are not familiar with caprese salad, it is a basic salad made with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil. In essence, the salad is a reflection of the Italian flag.

The dip is really easy to make and may remind you a bit of pizza.

πŸ“ Ingredients

For this Italian-inspired dip, you need the following ingredients:

  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes with basil
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, separated
  • fresh basil leaves

πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³ How To Make Caprese Dip

To make it, start by draining a 14.5-ounce can of diced tomatoes that are seasoned with basil. If it has garlic and oregano in it, that is fine. Just make sure that you drain the tomatoes well.

Tomatoes draining in a strainer.

Next, combine a block of cream cheese that has been softened with about 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Fold in the tomatoes and spoon the mixture into a small pan. (I used a little cast iron skillet.)

Unbaked dip in a cast-iron skillet.

Top it all off with an additional cup of mozzarella cheese and bake at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes. To get the top golden, broil the cheesy dip for another couple of minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on it so that it does not burn.

Take it out of the oven and let it cool for a couple of minutes.

Garnish with fresh basil that has been torn into pieces.

Hot caprese dip in a skillet.

πŸ“Œ Tips

The dip is rich and creamy and it would be great on some thinly sliced rounds of Italian or French bread.

If you don’t want a thick layer of cheese, then just mix the entire 2 cups of mozzarella in with the cream cheese before spooning it into your dish.

hot caprese dip in a skillet

Hot Caprese Dip with Gluten-Free Nut Thins

A little taste of Italy in one delicious appetizer.
4.25 from 4 votes
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 174kcal

Ingredients

  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes with basil
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese separated
  • fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Drain tomatoes.
  • Combine softened cream cheese and 1 cup of mozzarella. Fold in tomatoes.
  • Pour into small oven-proof dish or small cast iron skillet that has been prepared with non-stick spray.
  • Top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake for approximately 12 minutes.
  • Broil for 2-3 minutes, or until top becomes light golden brown.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Serve with crackers or bread.

Notes

The dip is rich and creamy and it would be great on some thinly sliced rounds of Italian or French bread.
If you don’t want a thick layer of cheese, then just mix the entire 2 cups of mozzarella in with the cream cheese before spooning it into your dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 299mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g
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Hot Caprese Dip is easy to make and will make your guests happy.  

Hot Caprese Dip on a gluten-free cracker.

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