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Caprese Cheese Dip

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Three cheeses are melted and topped with a caprese topping of tomatoes, fresh basil, and balsamic.

Caprese Cheese Dip is a fast and simple vegetarian Italian appetizer recipe. Three cheeses (mozzarella, cream cheese, Parmesan) are melted with seasonings and topped with fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and balsamic vinegar. #cheesedip #caprese #italianrecipeCaprese Cheese Dip is quick and simple to whip up.  Three cheeses are melted and topped with a fresh tomato and basil mixture.

Caprese Cheese Dip is a fast and simple vegetarian Italian appetizer recipe. Three cheeses (mozzarella, cream cheese, Parmesan) are melted with seasonings and topped with fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and balsamic vinegar. #cheesedip #caprese #italianrecipeThis post contains affiliate links.

I love a good cheese dip.  I have a cheese dip that I make for most entertaining events.  And if I dare not make it, you can bet I get comments about it until I jump in the kitchen and whip some up.  Cheese dip really is mandatory at this point, and something people expect me to make and bring to any holiday or event.  That is the beauty of this Caprese Cheese Dip: it takes just a few minutes to make.

Caprese Cheese Dip is a fast and simple vegetarian Italian appetizer recipe. Three cheeses (mozzarella, cream cheese, Parmesan) are melted with seasonings and topped with fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and balsamic vinegar. #cheesedip #caprese #italianrecipeCaprese is a classic Italian flavor combination of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil.  This Caprese Cheese Dip uses three cheeses: mozzarella, Parmesan, and cream cheese.  The cheeses are mixed with some seasonings and fresh basil and once melted, topped with the tomato mixture.  The first time I made this caprese variation, I was hooked!  I did not think I could ever make a cheese dip better than “the original” but this one might just be the best flavor combo I have ever made.

Caprese Cheese Dip is a fast and simple vegetarian Italian appetizer recipe. Three cheeses (mozzarella, cream cheese, Parmesan) are melted with seasonings and topped with fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and balsamic vinegar. #cheesedip #caprese #italianrecipe

Caprese Cheese Dip is a fast and simple vegetarian Italian appetizer recipe. Three cheeses (mozzarella, cream cheese, Parmesan) are melted with seasonings and topped with fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and balsamic vinegar. #cheesedip #caprese #italianrecipeI also love making caprese flavored recipes.  My mom loves caprese anything because the flavors are so strong, fresh, and bright.  Find more caprese inspired recipes here!  This Pesto Caprese Penne Pasta is one of the most popular recipes on the site lately.  One of my absolute favorites is this Caprese Pesto Risotto!  There are just so many great recipes and ways to enjoy these classic flavors together in new ways.

Caprese Cheese Dip is a fast and simple vegetarian Italian appetizer recipe. Three cheeses (mozzarella, cream cheese, Parmesan) are melted with seasonings and topped with fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and balsamic vinegar. #cheesedip #caprese #italianrecipe

Crostini are a great dunker for this cheese dip.  You could also use chips, vegetables, or crackers.  Get the crostini recipe here!  Top off the cheese dip with some additional Parmesan cheese and balsamic glaze for the perfect finishing touches. 

Caprese Cheese Dip is a fast and simple vegetarian Italian appetizer recipe. Three cheeses (mozzarella, cream cheese, Parmesan) are melted with seasonings and topped with fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and balsamic vinegar. #cheesedip #caprese #italianrecipe

Caprese Cheese Dip is a fast and simple vegetarian Italian appetizer recipe. Three cheeses (mozzarella, cream cheese, Parmesan) are melted with seasonings and topped with fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and balsamic vinegar. #cheesedip #caprese #italianrecipeCaprese Cheese Dip is a fast and simple vegetarian Italian appetizer recipe. Three cheeses (mozzarella, cream cheese, Parmesan) are melted with seasonings and topped with fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and balsamic vinegar. #cheesedip #caprese #italianrecipe
 

Caprese Cheese Dip

Three cheeses are melted and topped with a caprese topping of tomatoes, fresh basil, and balsamic.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Game Day, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 761kcal

Ingredients

Cheese Dip

Tomato Topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Combine all of the cheese dip ingredients in an oven safe dish for serving. You do not need to mix them up yet, but make sure the basil is buried so that it does not burn from direct heat.
  • Bake the cheese dip until the cheese is melted, stirring occassionally.
  • While the cheese dip is cooking, make the tomato topping by combining those ingredients in a small bowl. Adjust taste to preference with more of any ingredient as desired.
  • When ready to serve, spoon the tomato topping across the cheese dip. Garnish with additional basil or fresh Parmesan if desired. Serve immediately with dunkers like chips or crostini.

Notes

Crostini are a great dunker for this cheese dip.  Get the recipe here!
Find more caprese inspired recipes here!
Balsamic glaze is the perfect way to top off this cheese dip!  The acidity cuts through the richness of the cheese.  Regular balsamic vinegar would also work.
This is low carb/keto without the balsamic.

Nutrition

Calories: 761kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 68g | Saturated Fat: 39g | Cholesterol: 214mg | Sodium: 1462mg | Potassium: 463mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2979IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 650mg | Iron: 1mg
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By on May 27th, 2019

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Kim has grown up with a passion for cooking good food! You can find her in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, making dog treats, and eating Italian food!

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