Gluten-Free | January 22, 2020

Caprese Dip

Gooey, hot, melted fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and flavorful pesto come together to create this caprese dip that you will NOT be able to put down. It throws together in seconds and will be a crowd pleaser across the board and seasons.

WHAT IS CAPRESE?

Caprese consists of typically three ingredients-

  1. fresh mozzarella
  2. fresh basil
  3. fresh tomatoes

I love any form or combination of these three things. I mean, check out some of these recipes haha (caprese roll ups, caprese salad, caprese zoodles) You can add additional spices and ingredient  to add to these three base ingredients- like garlic, pesto, salt and it just enhances flavor.

cheese pull of melty mozzarella, tomatoes and basil in cast iron skillet

WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE THIS DIP?

For this dip you will need

  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Fresh Basil
  • Ripe cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • Pesto
  • balsamic glaze- optional

WHAT KIND OF PESTO DO I USE?

You can use either fresh homemade pesto or homemade pesto! It is important to USE IT though. Pesto has added herbs and flavors like garlic, pine nuts and all the concentrated basil flavor. You want this in your dip.

WHERE DO I FIND FRESH MOZZARELLA

Some grocery stores do not place fresh mozzarella by the cheese/dairy isle. Check in the specialty cheese section of the grocery store- usually this is over by the deli. Fresh mozzarella come in log form (as pictured) sliced and not sliced, or as mozzarella balls. you can use either.

ingredients for hot caprese cheese dip

HOW TO MAKE HOT AND MELTY CAPRESE DIP?

  1. In your dish, or cast iron skillet, add your tomatoes.
  2. Toss your tomatoes in the pesto.
  3. Lightly season your tomatoes with sea salt
steps to of tomatoes and pesto in cast iron skillet
4. Top your tomatoes generously with mozzarella cheese!
step of putting mozzarella on pesto and tomatoes

TOPPINGS FOR HOT CAPRESE DIP

This dip is so great served with fresh chopped basil and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
melty mozzarella, tomatoes and basil in two cast iron skillet

WHAT DO I BAKE CAPRESE DIP IN?

Because this cheese melty dip  is best served hot I recommend cooking and serving this caprese dip in a cast iron skillet. Cast iron skillet holds heat for a while after removed from the oven and will keep your cheese nice and melty. This this is not a dip you can make ahead, be sure to serve hot fresh from the oven. When the dip cools it will be a little thick. Still yummy but not the perfect stretchy cheese texture.

WHAT DO I SERVE WITH THIS DIP?

Caprese dip pairs with
  • french  bread slices
  • baguette sliced
  • crackers
  • celery

CAPRESE DIP IS GLUTEN-FREE

Because this dip is gluten-free it is so great to serve for your gluten intolerant friends and family. I highly recommend picking up some gluten-free crackers to go with. My favorite are Crunchmaster Crackers. They have a delicious nutty flavor and a great crunchy texture that can hold up to the cheese.

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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*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 995mg43%
Potassium 165mg5%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 1050IU21%
Vitamin C 11.3mg14%
Calcium 409mg41%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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