Appetizer | January 15, 2018

Caprese Dip

Caprese Salad is something I make all the time, I love it, my kids love it.  We love it in just about any way shape and form. The salty fresh tomatoes,  soft mozzarella, and chopped basil. These flavors equal perfection. We’ve recently been making melty caprese sammies. Now the sammies have evolved into this hot and melty caprese dip.

A close up shot of a Caprese Dip in a skillet

How to make caprese dip

The beautiful think about this dip (beside how killer good it is!) is that is only calls for a few ingredients. Each ingredient is so flavor packed that you don’t need much.

  1. fresh mozzarella ( I like to use the fresh mozzarella logs that are pre-sliced)
  2. fresh ripe cherry tomatoes
  3. fresh pesto and fresh basil if desired
  4. salt

Caprese Dip ingredients in a bowl
You start by halving your tomatoes and mixing it with the pesto and salt. After that is throughly mixed pour it into a cast iron pan.

A close up of tomatoes in a skillet pan for making a Caprese dip

The Pan

Why Cast Iron? you can really use an 8×8 or another pan you have lying around. I highly recommend cast iron because it stays hot for a long time after you have pulled it out of the oven. You want the cheese to remain hot for as long as possible because that keeps it in its melty stringy state. Once the cheese cools it stiffens and hardens. It’s still just has delectable but a little harder to manage.

Tomatoes in a skillet pan

Now that you have your tomato base down, add sliced of fresh mozzarella in an even layer on top.

A Caprese Dip topped with mozzarella before being baked

Bake in a hot oven for about 15-20 minutes and serve immediately!

A hand scooping up some Caprese Dip on a cracker

The Dippers

The dippers you are seeing in the photos are Crunchmaster crackers. We love these crackers! We love the crispy nutty flavor and texture. They’re also gluten-free so I love serving them for crowds, and friends. They are extremely strong crackers and perfect for holding up lots of cheese and tomatoes! This post is sponsored by crunchmaster crackers, however all opinions are my own. I love these crackers!!

A black skillet pan filled with Caprese Dip and multiseed crackers around it

Crunchmaster also comes in several different flavors that pair nice with this dish- for instance their roasted garlic. Crunchmaster challenged us for the 2018 to become a master of something.  I decided on making the Ultimate Recipemaster. I love recipe developing and I want to make the best recipes my family and friends will love!

An overhead shot of a Caprese Dip in a black skillet with crackers scattered around

5 from 1 vote
Caprese Dip
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

A delicious crowd pleaser that's so easy to whip up

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: caprese dip, Italian dips
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 289 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 16 oz sliced fresh mozzarella
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5-10 basil leaves, chopped
Instructions
  1. In medium bowl mix together tomatoes, pesto and  salt. 

  2. In 10 inch cast iron pan add tomatoes and pesto mixture. In a single layer, lay sliced mozzarella on top on tomatoes. Sprinkle with fresh mozzarella

  3. Bake at 425 for 15-20 minutes. Just until cheese is melted. Do not let cheese over-cook or it will harden too quickly. 
  4. Serve with crunchmaster crackers and baguettes

Nutrition Facts
Caprese Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 995mg 41%
Potassium 165mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 2g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 21%
Vitamin C 13.7%
Calcium 40.9%
Iron 4.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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