Hot Cheese Dip with Garlic | Barefoot Contessa Baked Fontina Dip

LAST UPDATED: Oct 01, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Feb 17, 2014 | By: Julie Blanner

This easy hot cheese dip recipe takes just 10 minute start to finish! This classic recipe is simple, flavorful & memorable with just a few minutes hands-on time. Cheesy and garlicky and a perfect appetizer for sharing.

Ingredients for the hot cheese dip appetizer in a white bowl

I’m a big fan of dips. Have you noticed? They’re a crowd pleaser and often fairly quick to prepare. One of my favorite cheese dip recipes is the Ina Garten’s Baked Fontina that she shared on her show, Barefoot Contessa.

With only 5 minutes hands on time, this recipe tastes anything but last minute. Fresh ingredients yield a flavorful dip that goes straight from oven to table. Unless there are more than 4 of us, I cut this recipe in half. Are you ready?

To Make This Hot Cheese Dip, You Will Need:

Start with fresh ingredients. The freshest ingredients offer fullest flavors.

  • Fontina cheese
  • Olive oil: Use a good quality one
  • Garlic cloves
  • Thyme and rosemary: Fresh off of the stem
  • Salt and pepper: Freshly cracked

How To Make This Hot Cheese Dip Recipe

It really doesn’t take long to make this crowd pleasing appetizer.

  1. Preheat broiler & place rack 5″ from the top.
  2. Remove the rind & cube fontina. Place in your baking dish.
  3. Pour oil over fontina. Add remaining ingredients.
  4. Broil 6 minutes, watching closely until it bubbles.

What To Serve With Hot Cheese Dip

This dip is meant for a crowd and I love serving it with a variety of ‘dippers’:

Hot cheese dip in a casserole before being baked

An easy warm cheese appetizer

I love how easy it is to make this hot cheese dip and that it takes just a matter of minutes, it’s perfect if you have guests. It takes no time at all to prep it, but if you wish, you can prep all of the ingredients before your guests arrive and then just pop it into the oven before you want to serve it. It’s decadent and delicious!

Is fontina cheese good for melting?

Fontina cheese melts incredibly well so it is ideal for this appetizer. It is rich and creamy with a touch of sweetness and nuttiness to it and when melted it is so perfectly gooey and perfect for dipping. If you can’t find fontina, provolone and gruyere are good substitutes.

A hot cheese dip for a crowd

I can’t say enough how great this cheese appetizer if for a crowd, it’s a real treat and so full of flavor. The recipe is easily doubled if you are catering for more people. Just serve it in the middle of the table and let everybody dig in! It’s perfect for the holiday season and game days.

The hot cheese being dipped into with crusty bread

Top Tips To Make Hot Cheese Dip with Garlic

  • Use the freshest and best quality ingredients you can for this recipe.
  • Be sure to remove the rind from the cheese.
  • Watch it closely while you are baking it so you don’t over cook it.
  • Serve to the table immediately.

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easy cheese dip recipe | 11 minutes start to finish

Hot Cheese Dip with Garlic

Julie Blanner
This easy hot cheese dip recipe takes just 11 minute start to finish! This classic recipe is simple, flavorful & memorable with just a few minutes hands-on time. Cheesy and garlicky and perfect for sharing.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 4 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Calories 395 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 pounds fontina
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme off the stem
  • 2 sprigs rosemary off the stem
  • cracked salt
  • cracked pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat broiler & place rack 5" from the top.
  • Remove the rind & cube fontina. Place in your baking dish.
  • Pour oil over fontina. Add remaining ingredients.
  • Broil 6 minutes, watching closely until it bubbles.

Notes

  • Use the freshest and best quality ingredients you can for this recipe.
  • Be sure to remove the rind from the cheese.
  • Watch it closely while you are baking it so you don't over cook it.
  • Serve to the table immediately.

Nutrition

Calories:395kcalCarbohydrates:3gProtein:29gFat:44gSaturated Fat:23gCholesterol:132mgSodium:913mgPotassium:93mgFiber:1gSugar:2gVitamin A:1101IUVitamin C:3mgCalcium:643mgIron:1mg
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Pinterest collage showing ingredients and the finished dish

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mini loaves of bread gift wrapped