Cream Cheese Dip

Cream Cheese Dip with Roasted Garlic

Several months ago, my friend and I went to a little wine bistro in Santa Fe, where we grubbed on a gourmet selection of bruschetta, whole heads of roasted garlic, and a fine selection of wine.  Aside from the wonderful company, the amazing food we ate makes me want to turn our trip into an annual event!  

That was the first place I had ever eaten roasted garlic before, and I am kind of obsessed with it now.  Roasting a head of garlic takes away the harsh, spicy kick of garlic, and leaves a mildly flavored creamy treat in its place.  Not that I have anything against raw garlic (it certainly has its place in my heart!), but if I am eating straight-up garlic, I prefer for it to be roasted. 

So, I had the wonderful idea of creating a cream cheese dip (more of a bread topping) with chunks of freshly roasted garlic, and knew I had to make it ASAP. 

Last Monday, I happened to have cream cheese, garlic, fresh mozzarella and a tasty loaf of french bread, so I decided to try it out, and see how it was.  

cajun dippin sauceCream Cheese Dip with Roasted Garlic

  • A bulb of garlic 
  • Olive oil 
  • 1/2 cup milk 
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning (optional) 
  • salt and pepper 
  • Bread slices or crackers

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Use a knife to remove the top off the garlic, so all of the garlic cloves are exposed (here is a useful video on roasting garlic, in case it’s your first time).  Drizzle olive oil into the head of garlic (about 1/2 – 1 tsp worth) and let it seep down into the cloves.  Roast in preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes, until it starts to caramelize on the top. Remove from oven, and allow to cool enough to handle.  Once cool, gently squeeze out the cloves, removing any skin, and set cloves aside. 

In a small saucepan, bring milk almost to a boil.  Add in cream cheese and whisk until cheese has melted.  Add in Worcestershire, 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese, Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper.  Whisk until smooth, and remove from heat.  Fold in chunks of roasted garlic.

Lightly grease a small shallow baking dish, and pour cheese mixture into the dish.  Top with remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella, and bake in oven for 20 – 25 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown on top. 

Serve along side toasted bread slices or crackers, and enjoy! 

cajun dipping sauce

Cream Cheese Dip with Roasted Garlic
 
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Recipe type: Dip
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • A bulb of garlic
  • Olive oil
  • ½ cup milk
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • Bread slices or crackers
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Use a knife to remove the top off the garlic, so all of the garlic cloves are exposed (here is a useful video on roasting garlic, in case it's your first time). Drizzle olive oil into the head of garlic (about ½ - 1 tsp worth) and let it seep down into the cloves. Roast in preheated oven for 15 - 20 minutes, until it starts to caramelize on the top. Remove from oven, and allow to cool enough to handle. Once cool, gently squeeze out the cloves, removing any skin, and set cloves aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring milk almost to a boil. Add in cream cheese and whisk until cheese has melted. Add in Worcestershire, ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese, Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper. Whisk until smooth, and remove from heat. Fold in chunks of roasted garlic.
  3. Lightly grease a small shallow baking dish, and pour cheese mixture into the dish. Top with remaining ½ cup of mozzarella, and bake in oven for 20 - 25 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown on top.
  4. Serve along side toasted bread slices or crackers, and enjoy!

cheesy cajun dipping sauce



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