How to make the best baked cheese dip with tomato and basil. Jump to the Tomato Basil Baked Cheese Dip Recipe or read on to see how we make it.
This dip is delicious. We combine sour cream, lots of cheese, and fresh basil before baking in the oven until until bubbly. Then we add more basil and fresh tomatoes on top.
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How to Make Baked Cheese Dip
This recipe is really simple and can be adapted 100 different ways.
The base is sour cream mixed with spices. Then we add lots of mozzarella and Monterey jack cheese. Other cheeses would work well, too — think feta, goat cheese, or gruyère. To freshen the dip up, we add lots of fresh basil before baking. Then after the dip has baked, we top it with more basil and chopped tomatoes.
This is perfect served with sliced bread, crunchy vegetables, or chips. If you serve this to friends, don’t be surprised if they all crowd around the cheese dip – that’s perfectly normal!
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Roasted tomatoes with creamy ricotta cheese, lemon zest and mint. Serve this family style right out of the baking dish – no fuss. Jump to the Lightly Roasted Tomatoes and Ricotta Recipe.
Recipe updated, originally posted October 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne
Tomato Basil Baked Cheese Dip Recipe
This basil-scented baked cheese dip is one of our favorite things to serve friends. Serve this with toasted bread slices, but you could also serve alongside crisp, cool vegetables. When the cheese melts, it turns spreadable. There will be a little water released from the cheese after baking and siting a little – don’t be worried if it separated a little after baking. It is still completely delicious!
You Will Need
1 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
8 ounces mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated (about 2 cups)
12 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, coarsely grated (about 3 cups)
1 cup basil leaves, chopped, plus more for serving
1 small tomato, diced
1 baguette, sliced and toasted
1Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2Mix sour cream, mustard powder, and thyme in a large bowl then stir in the mozzarella, Monterey jack and the cup of chopped basil leaves. Add to a 2-quart baking dish or pie dish. Bake until the cheese has melted and is bubbling, 10 to 15 minutes.
3Meanwhile, add bread slices, in one layer, to a baking sheet. Slide into the oven and bake 6 to 8 minutes until toasted.
4Once baked, turn oven to broil and broil the cheese dip until golden brown on top, about 2 minutes. Serve warm with tomato and extra basil leaves scattered on top and alongside toasted bread slices.
I’m going to try all they look so good ..Thank you Nancy
Do you think this would work in a slow cooker?
Hi Megan, we have never tried this in a slow cooker, but it should work.
Good news! I have made this numerous times for potlucks, and it comes out wonderful in the slow cooker! It’s always a hit, and I always have to give out the recipe after.
This looks delicious! How big was the baking dish that you used?
The baking dish we used in our photos was just a little smaller than 2-quarts. A 2-quart dish or even a pie dish will work well.
Am I able to substitute goat cheese in this recipe?
Yes, that would be delicious.
Looking at the recipe, I think cream cheese would be better than sour cream
I made this for girls game night. It came out watery and separated. I used fresh mozzerella so maybe that’s why. The flavor was good though.
Bummer! Lower moisture mozzarella is probably a better bet, though. Sorry things didn’t work well.
Glad I came upon this recipe. Made some for a Christmas party crowd and it was a hit! Very delicious. I’ll be going back to this one time and again.
Awesome! So glad you loved it 🙂
I made this for a party tonight, have not even baked it yet, and it smells HEAVENLY!!!! Can’t wait to try it!!
I just made this and it is one of the most simple, yet the best cheese dips I have ever made. I’m for sure going to make this many, many times!! YUM!!!!
I just discovered your blog today, and I am so impressed! Beautiful photography, lovely site design, and awesome recipes. So excited to start making them!
Hey Adam! I’m glad you stopped by my site today, otherwise I who knows when I would have stumbled upon yours! You guys make mouthwatering looking food. Great photography and great recipes! Look forward to seeing more in the future! 🙂
Thanks so much 🙂