#Comfort Cooking

White Pizza Dip

December 05, 2019

Holidays and dips should be listed in the dictionary as synonyms, right?  They bring out the best in each other.  I guess they could say, "You complete me."  With so many choices (thank you Pinterest), festivities call for bringing out the tried and true and trying new ones, too.  

This white pizza dip showed up at our last dinner.  White pizza?  Hmm.  No tomato sauce?  A cheese lover's delight!  Don't even try to only dip once.  Give in and enjoy.
@ How Sweets
Is your family like ours?  Even with the best of intentions, the appetizers take center stage and leave little room for the main course.   Wear your Fat Pants . . . it's a given.
serves about 6-8 (that's debatable)
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 (12 ounces) blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, freshly grated
  • 8 ounces provolone cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese + more for garnish
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly chopped oregano leaves
  • Crackers, bread or chips for serving
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil then place tomatoes on top. Sprinkle with olive oil and salt, then roast for 20-25 minutes, until bursting. Set aside.
While tomatoes are roasting, mix softened cream cheese with about 7 ounces each of provolone and mozzarella, then and Parmesan. Stir in fresh herbs, garlic and roasted tomatoes, mixing well to combine. Transfer mixture to an oven-safe baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining provolone and mozzarella. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until top is golden and bubbly. Serve immediately with crackers, chip or toasted bread.
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