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Cheddar Cheese Broccoli Dip

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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 DipRanch DipTaco DipCucumber 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.

easy to make broccoli cheese dip with ritz crackers.

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!

Broccoli is commonly used in many delicious recipes, like broccoli salad or broccoli cheese casserole, but is found a lot less in dips.

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.

Dip Ingredients

  • 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

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 and grease a square, 10″x 10″ baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Add cream cheese, sour cream, and ranch dressing to a bowl. Use a hand mixer to beat until smooth.
  3. Fold in small chopped broccoli florets, bacon, and cheese.
broccoli dip with cheese and cream cheese.
  1. Spread the broccoli mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and top with ten crushed crackers.
  2. Bake for 25–30 minutes until the center is hot and the top is golden brown.
  3. Let stand to cool slightly before serving warm with buttery crackers, crusty bread (like French bread), potato chips, pita chips, or even raw carrots.
  4. The dip can also be scooped and served in a bread bowl. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
warm dip in the oven.

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?

Absolutely!

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.

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Cheddar Cheese Broccoli Dip (hot)


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Bake, Dip, and Enjoy: Searching for the ultimate party dip? Look no further! Our Broccoli Dip combines luscious cream cheese, crunchy broccoli, and savory bacon, topped with golden buttery crackers. Follow our step-by-step guide to creating this mouthwatering favorite.

Equipment

  • hand mixer
  • mixing bowl
  • Square baking dish, 10"x10"
  • nonstick cooking spray

Ingredients
 

  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese softened
  • 16 oz. Sour Cream
  • 1 oz. Ranch Seasoning
  • 2 cups Fresh Broccoli chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup Cooked Bacon chopped into small pieces
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • Buttery Crackers – Ritz 10 for dish, rest of serving dip

Instructions

Preheat the Oven

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 400°F (200°C). While heating up, grease your 10"x 10" square baking dish using the nonstick cooking spray. Once done, set it aside.
  • Bacon must be precooked for this recipe.

How to Make Easy Cheesy Hot Broccoli Dip

  • Combine the softened cream cheese, sour cream, and ranch seasoning in the mixing bowl.
  • Using the hand mixer, beat these ingredients until smooth and well combined.
  • Gently fold in the chopped broccoli, bacon bits, and shredded cheddar cheese into the smooth mixture.
  • Transfer the mixture to the previously greased baking dish, spreading it evenly.
  • Take your 10 buttery Ritz crackers and crush them. Sprinkle these crushed crackers evenly over the top of the dip.
  • Place the dish in the preheated oven, baking for 25-30 minutes. You'll know it's done when the center is hot, and the cracker topping has turned a lovely golden brown.
  • Once baked, remove the dish from the oven and let it stand for a bit to cool slightly.
  • Serve warm, accompanied by additional buttery crackers for dipping. Enjoy!

Nutritional Disclaimer: The nutritional data provided here is auto-calculated and intended for your convenience only. As it’s generated via automation, its accuracy may be compromised. For precise nutritional insight, please compute the values utilizing the actual ingredients in your recipe through your chosen nutrition calculator or application.

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