Hot Caprese Dip.

You only need three ingredients to make this fabulous snack!

And I say snack, because it is totally acceptable to make it for yourself this afternoon when your stomach starts to rumble.

You know why?

Because I said so.

It also obviously makes a great appetizer for parties. The key is to consume it as quickly as possible. Trust me… it isn’t challenging.


And it is super simple to make. All you must do is chop the ingredients and combine them like so.

Then throw the dish in the oven and let the cheese work it’s magic.


It will look like this. And then you might die. But that’s okay, because having this as your final meal totally makes sense.

It took all of my restraint to not go at the dip with just a spoon. I was so tempted.

I might have taken a little spoonful of a taste.

There really is nothing better than a spoonful of bubbly, golden cheese.



Hot Caprese Dip

serves 2-4

10 ounces fresh mozzarella, chopped into cubes

2 roma tomatoes, seeded and juiced

3 tablespoons freshly chopped basil (or about 1 tablespoon dried) + more for garnish

Preheat oven to 375.

Make sure tomatoes have as much juiced squeezed out of them as possible – this will prevent the dip from becoming soupy. In a small baking dish, combine chopped cheese, tomatoes and basil and mix. Bake for 15 minutes, then broil for 2 minutes so cheese becomes bubbly and golden. Serve immediately with crackers or melba toasts.

Note: dip may appear “watery” which is why it is VERY important to get as much moisture out of the tomatoes as possible. Also make sure dip is consumed immediately, as the longer it sits, the more juice that develops. Don’t worry if there is a little bit of juice – it is still delicious!


Just try to stay away.

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198 Responses to “Hot Caprese Dip.”

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    Window On The Prairie — December 13, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

    What an easy dish to make. Looks yummy. Thanks for sharing with us. Suzanne

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    Jenn L @ Peas & Crayons — December 13, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

    gorgeous! and i’m sure it tastes heavenly too~! =)

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    Maria — December 13, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

    LOVE this dip!

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    Moni'sMeals — December 13, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

    great idea and seems so easy like you said. :)

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    Kacy — December 13, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

    Oh yum. Oh yum yum yum. I NEED to make that.

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    Faith @ She Kneads — December 13, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

    OH my GOSH! What an incredible idea!!! I love LOVE love melty mozzarella… all you need is a wood-fired oven for total perfection to this dish ;)

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    • Jessica — December 13th, 2010 @ 5:50 pm

      That would be perfect!

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    WenDee Riffe — December 13, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

    mmm~~this looks great jessica!!! i cant believe how famous you are becoming on the TK!!! WOOOHOOOO!!!!!!! you go guurl!!!

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    Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete — December 13, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

    Why do you have to keep posting things that are going to give me really bad gas? This seriously looks amazing, but the pups and the hubs might have to suffer for a few days afterwards! haha

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    • Jessica — December 13th, 2010 @ 5:50 pm

      Hahahah you crack me up. I apologize to your family.

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    nicole — December 13, 2010 @ 5:49 pm

    I’m wondering if I could pass this off as “healthy” since it does have tomatoes in it!

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    She's on the Run — December 13, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

    Caprese salad is one of my favorite things to order at Italian restaurants. What an innovative way to switch it up! If I made this, I would add a teaspoon or so of Italian seasoning blend to give it an extra kick.

    Love your blog!
    -Alysha

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    Megan (Braise The Roof) — December 13, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

    What a coincidence- I made a really similar dip last night! No tomatoes, but had pesto. I bet if we combined forces we could change the world.

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    Katie @ Healthy Heddleston — December 13, 2010 @ 6:10 pm

    I love anything Caprese and dip as Caprese is even better :)

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Baegls — December 13, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

    Oh my goodness that looks AMAZING! I would have never of thought of something like that, you’re so creative. Not to mention the photos are gorgeous. :)

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    Tracy — December 13, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

    I just love how easy this is! It’s perfect weather for nice, hot dips. Mmm.

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    Chicago Cuisine Critique — December 13, 2010 @ 6:43 pm

    I love when you post recipes and I have all of the ingredients in my pantry. Great idea. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Victor @ Random Cuisine — December 13, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

    This is such an easy dip to make. Yummy!

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    Natalia - a side of simple — December 13, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

    That bubbly brown cheese? No.Words.

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    Sues — December 13, 2010 @ 7:12 pm

    This is such a brilliant idea! I love any (and ALL) kinds of dips and I love caprese salads… So, why not put the two together and eat a whole dish of it?? Plus, it’s technically a salad, right? So, it’s technically healthy, yes? Thank you.

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    kelly — December 13, 2010 @ 7:19 pm

    OMG this is my favorite combo to begin with! i think i hate you for how much weight i’m going to gain :)

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    Ellen@FirednFabulous — December 13, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

    I LOVE this idea! 3 ingredients…I think I can, I think I can…I KNOW I can! ;) Totally trying this.

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    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — December 13, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

    HOW do you come up wiht these recipes?? its like the SIMPLEST idea…3 ingredients and amazingly delicious and yet I have never seen a caprese in this form! love it!

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    Kim in MD — December 13, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

    You are a genius, Jessica! I absolutely love caprese salad, so I’m sure I would love this! What a great party appetizer! :-)

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    Kele — December 13, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

    I’ve made two of your dishes so far (enchilada lasagne and shrimp scampi) and my husband has declared each of them hits that need to be added to the regular rotation. So thanks for making my life easy- I’ll just be checking back to see what’s for dinner! This caprese dip sounds great. I wish fresh mozzarella wasn’t so darn expensive– especially with only two people eating it. By the way, I’d love to hear more about your lunch making- the post on how you make your husband’s lunches was inspiring.

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    • Jessica — December 13th, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

      Kele! Mix 8 ounces of cream cheese with 1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella (like Kraft) – mix with tomatoes and basil. Not as expensive and tasty too!

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    Vanessa — December 13, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

    Oh man, this looks amazing!! Look at all that melty cheese!!

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    Blond Duck — December 13, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

    I could live on bubbly cheese.

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    Kayla — December 13, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

    This looks too amazing for words.

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    Cheryl — December 13, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

    Okay, that is a must have! I love “raw” tomato, basil, and mozzarella, but this looks amazing!! Lays now makes chips of this taste mixture – have you had them yet??

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    Lori Lynn — December 13, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

    Wow that looks delicious!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — December 13, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

    Wow. That looks unbelievable! I will definitely be trying this one! It’s also perfect for Christmas since it’s red and green!

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    Liana @ femme fraiche — December 13, 2010 @ 10:47 pm

    What the–how come I have never seen or thought of this masterpiece before? Caprese salad is an essential for me..kind of like oxygen..in the summer. Now I’ve realized I must have the winterized warm version of it!

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    Heather — December 13, 2010 @ 11:34 pm

    Beautiful pics girl! I am totally drooling over my laptop right now! ;)

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    Rachel Wilkerson — December 13, 2010 @ 11:44 pm

    Just stop.

    I can’t even find a place in my head for that.

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    Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie — December 14, 2010 @ 12:13 am

    I SO wish I wasn’t lactose intolerant. Maybe this would be worth the stomach ache :).

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    Salah@myhealthiestlife — December 14, 2010 @ 12:22 am

    great idea!!! OMG this looks amazing!!!

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    megan — December 14, 2010 @ 12:48 am

    I pretty much want to dive in head first!

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    Kate (What Kate is Cooking) — December 14, 2010 @ 12:52 am

    There really is nothing better than browned, melty cheese! This looks heavenly!

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    Nicole, RD — December 14, 2010 @ 2:14 am

    Caprese is our favorite. When I read “hot” I thought you meant spicy which sounded good…but hot, temperature hot and melty sounds even better!

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    Amy @ Serve At Once — December 14, 2010 @ 6:50 am

    Melted cheese just makes life better. Fact.

    Jessica, I have never thought to mix caprese ingredients into a hot dip. You’re brilliant!

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    Amanda — December 14, 2010 @ 7:38 am

    Oh man, this looks delicious! Love it!

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    Erica — December 14, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

    I needed an appetizer for a holiday party this weekend and I definitely found it! This looks awesome!

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    Diane — December 14, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

    This looks awesome! So simple. I’m sure it tastes just as good as it looks.

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    Linda — December 14, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

    I’ve never tried hot caprese!!! It seems good!

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    Allison @ PickyEatingRD — December 14, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

    Wowo yum!!!!! This is such a great idea!!!!!

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    Emily S. — December 14, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

    Planning on taking this to a holiday party this weekend. Do you think it will travel better if I use the cream cheese/Kraft cheese mixture instead of the fresh mozz?

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    • Jessica — December 15th, 2010 @ 1:53 am

      Hi Em!
      Yes, I would go with the cream cheese + kraft mix: 1 block of softened cream cheese, fold in shredded cheese, add tomatoes (still make sure the juice is gone) and fresh basil. Bake for the same time!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — December 14, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

    Pass me a fork, I will just eat it like that!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — December 15, 2010 @ 3:01 am

    Oh, I love hot dips, and I love caprese salad. This couldn’t be more perfect… And the colors are lovely for Christmas, too!

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    Pretty. Good. Food. — December 15, 2010 @ 3:10 am

    Mmmm, ooey gooey and delicious!!!!!

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    Travel Food Phil — December 15, 2010 @ 1:48 pm

    Wow, that looks amazing. And it’s so simple too, I’ll probably make this even though I’m not hungry.

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    Ingrid — December 16, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

    Oh my gooooodness! Amazing!

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    nicole @ our three reasons — December 17, 2010 @ 6:07 am

    why did i never think of doing this before!? caprese is my fave. this is caprese on an entirely new level. you’re the best. :)

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