Fresh broccoli is mixed with lots of spices and cheese for an indulgent party snack. Cheesy baked broccoli dip is sure to be a crowd pleaser!
I have a major obsession with dips. Whenever I’m at a party you can bet the first thing I do is hit up the dip. Hot and cheesy dips are always the first to go, so I have to make sure I get my fair share. Anyone else only care about the food at a party?
Don’t get me wrong, I try to socialize, but as a major introvert it’s hard. I’m not fond of small talk, so you can usually find me hanging over the food or making friends with a pet. I’m always up for socializing with pets.
Anyway, let’s get back to my obsession with dip. I’m sure I’m not alone here… I mean, what’s not to love about cheesy dips? Nothing. Nothing at all.
Cheesy Baked Broccoli Dip
We’ve got cream cheese, grated cheese (I like pepper jack), onions, garlic, spices, and a whole lot of broccoli. I whipped up this dip back in December when I wanted spinach and artichoke dip but didn’t have spinach or artichokes. Luckily I had a bunch of broccoli in my fridge.
Not only did we end up eating this for lunch that day, but I made it four more times in the matter of two weeks.
It’s that good. Just because I made it four more times doesn’t mean I ate that much broccoli dip. Whenever we had a holiday party to attend this is what I brought.
- Because it’s EASY.
- It’s cheesy baked broccoli dip. Enough said
It was gone within an hour every single time.
- This recipe will serve 4 people, so if taking it to party I recommend doubling or tripling it.
- The broccoli goes in raw. I know this seems weird, but it works out really well. You’ll want to cut the broccoli in small pieces.
- You can lighten this up by using half greek yogurt and reduced fat cream cheese. I actually like that version the best as the greek yogurt adds a nice tang!
- I use pepper jack cheese because we love it, but jack or cheddar work just as well. Really any good melting cheese will work in here.
I totally meant to share this recipe in December, but the craziness of the holiday season got the best of me. I remember thinking “no big deal” I’ll share it for the Super Bowl. Yeah, totally forgot. So before it gets pushed away again, here you go! You don’t need a holiday or big game to whip up cheesy baked broccoli dip… it’s good any day of year.
Have a fantastic week. 😊
- 1 Tablespoon Butter, divided
- 1 Small Onion, finely chopped
- 2 Cloves Garlic, finely minced
- 1 Teaspoon Dried Parsley
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
- ½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 1 (8oz.) Block Cream Cheese*, softened
- 1 ½ Cups Grated Cheese (cheddar, jack, pepper jack, etc.), divided
- 2 Cups Finely Chopped Broccoli
- ¼ Cup Milk, or more if necessary for thinning
- ¼ Cup Seasoned Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs
- Tortilla Chips, Crackers, or Bread, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 400º.
- Melt half of the butter in a small skillet and add in the onion and garlic. Sauté until the onion is translucent and just beginning to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Stir in the spices and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, 1 cup of thegrated cheese, broccoli, milk, and onion mixture. Stir the mixture until well combined, adding additional milk if needed to thin. (I tend to like thinner dips, so I usually do add more milk!)
- Pour the dip mixture into a small baking dish, top with the remaining ½ cup of cheese, and transfer it to the hot oven. Bake the broccoli dip for 15-20 minutes, or until the top is bubbly and just starting to brown.
- While the dip is baking, melt the remaining ½ tablespoon of butter in a small skillet and add in the breadcrumbs. Stir constantly until toasted.
- Serve the cheesy baked broccoli dip topped with the breadcrumbs and alongside chips, crackers, bread, or veggies for dipping!
- Serves 4-8 depending on if this is your only snack or you have other stuff around. I recommend doubling or tripling the recipe for a large crowd.
- *Reduce-fat cream cheese works well. You can also do half greek yogurt and half cream cheese!