Broccoli cheese dip is a fantastic broccoli appetizer recipe that combines the goodness of tender florets with the creamy richness of ranch flavors and cheese and results in a crowd-pleasing dish that will leave your guests craving more.
Common party dips like Corn Dip, Ranch Dip, Taco Dip, Cucumber Dip, and even marshmallow dip are always present at a party, but if you want something unique (and warm!), this broccoli dip is just that.
Important Note: This is a broccoli cheese dip, not a cheese for broccoli (<—different recipe, click here)
Indulge in the Heavenly Broccoli Cheese Dip: A Must-Try!
This excellent dip with a familiar base of cream cheese, sour cream, and ranch is so cheesy that game-day guests will snap it right up.
- cream cheese softened
- sour cream
- dry ranch seasoning
- fresh broccoli, chopped into small pieces
- chopped bacon
- cheddar cheese (sharp cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack can also be used)
- 10-round buttery crackers
How to make Broccoli Cheese Dip
- Preheat the oven to 400 and grease a square, 10″x 10″ baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Add cream cheese, sour cream, and ranch dressing to a bowl. Use a hand mixer to beat until smooth.
- Fold in small chopped broccoli florets, bacon, and cheese.
- Spread the broccoli mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and top with ten crushed crackers.
- Bake for 25–30 minutes until the center is hot and the top is golden brown.
- Let stand to cool slightly before serving warm with buttery crackers, crusty bread (like French bread), potato chips, pita chips, or even raw carrots.
- The dip can also be scooped and served in a bread bowl. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Tip: If you want more finely chopped pieces of broccoli, use a food processor for the consistency you choose with the fresh broccoli florets.
Frequently Asked Questions about Cheesy Broccoli Dip
Can I use frozen broccoli for this recipe?
You can use frozen broccoli instead of fresh in this perfect appetizer. However, thoroughly thaw and drain the frozen broccoli before adding it to the dip. This will result in super-soft broccoli, as it’s already cooked and then gets cooked again.
Can I prep this dip ahead of time?
Absolutely! You can prepare this delicious appetizer ahead of time, cover it tightly, and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, bake it as directed in the recipe.
Can I substitute the cream cheese with a different type of cheese?
While cream cheese provides a creamy and smooth texture, you can experiment with other soft cheeses like Neufchâtel or ricotta if desired. However, keep in mind that the flavor and consistency may vary slightly.
Regarding sour cream, Greek Yogurt is often a substitute.
Remember that while we provide a specific recipe that is tested, changes could produce a different consistency and flavor that we cannot predict.
Should broccoli be cooked in advance?
No. The small pieces will cook in the oven right into the dip.
Can I freeze the Broccoli Cheese Dip?
It’s not recommended to freeze this dip as it contains mayonnaise and cream cheese, which can change in texture and consistency when frozen and thawed.
Can I add additional ingredients to customize the dip?
You can personalize the dip by adding diced red bell peppers, cooked bacon bits, white onions, or diced jalapeños for an extra kick of flavor.
Extra seasonings and spices like black pepper, pepper flakes, kosher salt, cloves of garlic, or onion powder complement a hot broccoli dip recipe.