This Cheesy Caprese Dip is one appetizer recipe your friends will beg you to make again with its mouthwatering combination of cheeses, basil, and tomatoes.
Everyone knows if you bring a hot, cheesy dip to a party, you will be an instant hero and your friends and family will happily make the dip disappear.
This Cheesy Caprese Dip is just the recipe to share at a summer celebration with the wonderful combination of cheeses, basil, and fresh tomatoes.
You can even prepare the dip in the pan before the party and bake it right before serving.
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Can I Use Homemade Pesto?
Yes, of course, you can make your own pesto for this cheesy caprese appetizer! If you would like to do so, you can try our homemade pesto recipe. It does not contain pine nuts so it is actually called pistou not pesto…who knew?
I personally like to make things as easy as possible when I’m cooking, especially if I am in a rush. So, for this recipe, I used store-bought pesto and it turned out wonderful.
What Kind of Tomatoes Should I Use?
For this recipe, I used vine riped tomatoes and cut them into small pieces after slicing them and removing the seeds. You can use any tomatoes you like! For example, you could use roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes.
If you prefer, you can use canned diced tomatoes just be sure to drain them first!
Can I Make This In A Different Sized Pan?
Yes, you can make in a different sized pan, like a 9-inch pie plate or a small casserole dish. If you want to make it in a 9×13, you will have to increase the ingredient amounts so that it will fill the pan.
Can I Make This Cheesy Caprese Dip Ahead of Time?
Great idea! I love making recipes ahead of time to help relieve some of the stress when having a family get together.
To do so, get everything together in a pan, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Keep in mind it may take a little longer to bake due to the fact that it was in the fridge.
How Can I Make A Lighter Version Of This Recipe?
To make a lighter Cheesy Caprese dip, you could try using fat-free mayonnaise, light cream cheese, and low-fat mozzarella.
What Should I Serve With This Dip?
There are a few different things you can serve with this appetizer such as chips, crackers, crusty bread, and veggie sticks.
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This Bacon Blue Cheese Dip is the ultimate easy party dip! Loaded with the delicious flavors of bacon and blue cheese, this dip is perfect for easy entertaining!
Cheesy Caprese Dip Recipe
- Soften the cream cheese in a microwave-safe bowl for 30-60 seconds.
- Add mozzarella cheese, pesto, mayonnaise, and 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese. Stir to combine.
- Spread the mixture in a 9-inch cast iron skillet or oven-safe dish.
- Slice the tomato, remove the seeds and cut the tomato into small pieces.
- Sprinkle the diced tomatoes evenly over the dip in the pan.
- Bake the dip at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
- Sprinkle with fresh, chopped basil and 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese.