What is it about dips that are so irresistible?
Is it the layers of flavors and textures? How crazy easy they are to make? The joy of dunking a chip or a cracker?
No wait, who am I kidding? It’s the cheese.
It’s definitely the gooey, melty cheese. It’s the cheese all golden browned and bubbly. It’s the cheese creating a string of yum from the pan to your cracker.
It’s always about the cheese.
Well, at least it is in the case of this lasagna dip. Three cheeses-ricotta, Parmesan, and mozzarella–with 2 layers of tomato sauce, a hint of garlic, and fresh sprinkling of basil.
This, my friends, is muy bueno.
I know it’s totally the wrong language for an Italian dip. But this girl doesa-a not-a speak-a da Italian. So you get Spanish instead. I’m pretty sure every Italian in the world just shuddered a little. Sorry for that.
We served this at a neighborhood gathering and it was gone in about 30 minutes. Which is great…and terrible, since the event was supposed to last 2 hours. What did we learn? Always double the lasagna dip.
We served these with Triscuit’s sun dried tomato and basil crackers (Ohmalordie!) and they were the perfect compliment, but any tasty cracker or even pita will do you just dandy. And *triple bonus points* this dip is gluten free AND vegetarian. Can you say WINNA?!
Nowwww…..what you’re all really here for.
The giveaway! Today we’re giving away a whole set of Microplane graters. That’s right people. A WHOLE SET.
You may think you don’t need graters. You’ve already got that box grater in the back of the cupboards. It works just fine, except for the time you sliced your knuckle off.
I’m gonna go ahead and stop you right there. Erase everything you know about graters. Microplane graters are the end all grater. You hold them in your hand, they’re easy to handle, and they can grate anything–hard cheeses, soft cheeses, chocolate, ginger, garlic, limes, apples, carrots, did I mention cheeses? Whatever it is that needs grating, Microplane makes a grater for it.
One winner of this giveaway will receive a set of Microplane Artisan Series Graters including the zester (for citrus fruits, garlic, nutmeg, etc.), the ribbon grater (for chocolate, butter, and soft cheeses), the coarse grater (for Parmesan, coconut, pears, etc.) and the extra coarse grater (for potato, cabbage, apple, and carrots).
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If you’d like to find out more about the graters, visit Microplane’s website.
Oh wait, in this already waaaaaay too long and exciting post, I have one more announcement! This post is the kickoff to a season long series on tailgating recipes! Every Friday for the foreseeable future I’ll be sharing recipes that are great for football watching. From dips to crockpot meals to man friendly appetizers and foods perfect for stress eating, every Friday you’ll get a fresh idea for all your football watching needs!
Happy Football Season, and Go Bucks!
Three Cheese Lasagna Dip
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 15 oz. part skim ricotta cheese
- 14-16 oz. jarred spaghetti or pizza sauce (check to make sure it's gluten free! I used Prego's traditional)
- 8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4-1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- Dried Italian herbs
- Fresh basil
- Crackers, for serving
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic cloves and cook until fragrant, stirring often, about 1 minute.
- Grease a 9 inch deep dish pie plate and spread ricotta evenly across the bottom. Spread cooked onion mixture on top of ricotta.
- Layer ½ the tomato sauce followed by ½ the mozzarella over the onion. Then repeat.
- Grate about ¼-12 cup Parmesan cheese over the last mozzarella layer. Sprinkle evenly with dried Italian herbs.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Remove, sprinkle with fresh basil, and serve warm with crackers.
Recipe by Neighborfood