hot caprese dip

Hot Caprese Dip

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Welcome to another round of Tailgating Thursday!!!

Today I have a dip that has very quickly become a favorite with my family and pretty much everyone else who has tried it. I made it for KING5 news last week, and I couldn’t keep the camera men out of it, and that was at 6 in the morning! I promise you will love it.

Hot Caprese Dip

To enjoy at home, all of the directions are below for a delicious hot and cheesy appetizer. But, the thing that makes it perfect for tailgating is the fact that you can basically just pile all these ingredients into a small skillet or baking dish as far as the night before and cover it with foil or plastic wrap. The next morning just pack it in the car and take it to the tailgating party. Then, when the BBQ is pumping on high, just set the skillet (uncovered) in the BBQ and put the lid down. Cook until the cheese is all hot and melted and bubbly and then serve with chips, crackers or chunks of chewy French bread.

Hot Caprese Dip

The other beauty is how INSANELY fast and easy it is to put together. You can literally buy everything you need for this hot caprese dip at Trader Joes. If you are an over achiever go ahead and make a homemade batch of pesto- or if you are just trying to make it as easy as possible, pick some up from the store and you are good to go!

Hot Caprese Dip

Ok, now go enjoy!!!!

To make this Hot Caprese Dip, this is what you do:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. In an 9” skillet or baking dish add the cherry tomatoes.

Hot Caprese Dip

Evenly crumble the goat cheese over the cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle the goat cheese with the red pepper flakes. Add a layer of the slices of mozzarella over the goat cheese. Sprinkle with the bacon (if using) and drizzle the pesto over the top.

Hot Caprese Dip

Bake for about 10 minutes or until very hot and melted. Serve immediately with pita chips or crostini.
Hot Caprese Dip

 

Recipe: Hot Caprese Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 3 slices crispy bacon, crumbled (optional)
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 8 ounces mozzarella
  • 1 cup basil pesto

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In an 9” skillet or baking dish add the cherry tomatoes.
  3. Evenly crumble the goat cheese over the cherry tomatoes
  4. Sprinkle the goat cheese with the red pepper flakes. Add a layer of the slices of mozzarella over the goat cheese. Sprinkle with the bacon (if using) and drizzle the pesto over the top.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes or until very hot and melted. Serve immediately with pita chips or crostini.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8

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16 Comments

  1. I am loooooving tailgating Thursdays! Keep the awesomeness coming. Love this dip Heather!! The pesto in it makes is especially lovely :)

  2. Susan says:

    This is a terrible, terrible thought, but what an incredible, decadent meal for two for the greedy this would make.

  3. Tieghan says:

    Holy heck yes!! Tailgating Thursday is my new favorite day and this is my new favorite dip! So cheesy! Love it!

  4. Why am I not living inside your mouth?

  5. Suzanne says:

    Looks divine! I am making this for Book Club next month!

    • Oh good Suzanne! I promise it will be a hit!

  6. I can’t promise I’ll watch the game, but I’ll definitely come to your tailgate to hover near this dip! :-)

  7. Oh my goodness, need! Love Caprese anything!

  8. Des says:

    I can’t even handle this right now. Look. At. That. Cheese.

  9. Oh that’s lovely. I saw that feature and thought, ” I cannot wait until she posts this.” Holy smokes…

  10. Delicious easy to put together and bake recipes are hard to come by. This looks amazing.

  11. Mind.blowingly.awesome looking!!! pinned

    And love the make-ahead status!