What better way to slide into Fall than to enjoy a little cheesy dish while watching football! There’s something really wonderful about dipping bread into a cheese dip and watching the cheese stretch away… And THIS recipe delivers an old world roasted tomato flavor combined with a Margherita style pizza type dip all in one. When you bake this bad boy up, it fills your house with the smell of Heaven (if cheesy goodness is in your Heaven!)
I am a BIG pepperoni fan. I love it on my pizza and I thought what better way to celebrate pepperoni than to include it in this cheese dip. This combined with the mozzarella cheese, Italian spices and basil makes for a cheese dip that has surged way to the top of my go-to cheese dip recipes. The ingredients come together very easily and you can even prep it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until guests come over. Then just pop it in the oven and serve with your favorite warmed bread!
The roasted tomatoes on top and bottom add a classic flavor that you should not skip. You HAVE to roast the tomatoes in the oven with some olive oil, salt and pepper and parmesan cheese. Roasting the tomatoes first makes the flavor pop even more and trust me, your guests will be fighting over this dip like mad!
I know I’m always talking about ingredients and the quality of the ingredients, but we have found that if you go for the better ingredients, your food WILL TASTE SUPREMELY BETTER! In this case, I recommend a higher quality olive oil. Our favorite is the California Olive Oil from Trader Joe’s. We also use fresh mozzarella and parmesan as well as fresh basil. For the dried ingredients, I recommend organic, only because this ensures a more true flavor. Feel free to add or delete ingredients as well. If you prefer sausage over pepperoni, go for it. If you love mushrooms and onions, grill them in a pan and add them to the dip before baking. This really is like making your own pizza the way you love it!
Here’s the recipe: