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hoagie dip in a hollowed out bread round with a cheese spreader sticking out

Creamy Italian Hoagie Dip

Tailgating in the American South is SERIOUS BUSINESS! Creamy Italian Hoagie Dip is that game day snack that'll satisfy the whole crowd and is equal to a touchdown!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, bagel, dip, easy, flavored cream cheese, game day snack, hoagie dip, Italian, Italian dip, low carb, Super Bowl, tailgate, under 15 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 109kcal
Cost: $0.98

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    Ingredients for Creamy Italian Hoagie Dip

    • 1 cup banana peppers pickled, chopped
    • 3 ounces  sun-dried tomatoes julienne-cut, can chop or leave as they come
    • 8 ounces  cream cheese either traditional or Neufchâtel or reduced fat
    • 2 5.2 ounce packages  garlic-herb spreadable cheese like Boursin
    • 1/2 cup whole milk
    • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese shredded
    • 1 tablespoon oregano dried; may substitute Italian seasoning
    • 1 cup diced, cooked ham see NOTES for alternatives

    optional for dipping

    • Crusty toasted bread rounds, mini bagel bites, bagel chips, sturdy crackers, sturdy sliced vegetables, or thick cut potato chips ** this dip is super thick as it cools, so it does require sturdy dippers to serve with it


    The Method

    • Chop the banana peppers. You can also chop the tomatoes if you like. Cut cream cheese into sections. Place the cream cheese in medium saucepan with both rounds of garlic-herb cheese, the whole milk, Parmesan cheese, and dried oregano (or Italian seasoning).
    • Cook over medium heat 4–5 minutes, and using the tines of a fork to break up the lumps. Switch over to a wire whisk and whisk until melted and very smooth.
    • Stir in ham (see notes for alternate options), the chopped banana peppers, and the sun-dried tomatoes.

    to serve either warmed or chilled

    • Cook 2–3 minutes, stirring often, or until mixture is hot. Serve warm with toasted bread, bagel chips, sturdy crackers, or sturdy potato chips for dipping.
      If you prefer to serve from a bread bowl, you will want the dip chilled by refrigerating for 30 minutes. Stir and pile high into a hollowed out boule of bread. Sliced red peppers, carrots, celery, and thick cut cucumbers are great with this dip chilled. Also, mini bagel bites and a drizzle of quality olive oil.


    Customizing this dip is EASY! In lieu of the ham specified, and in equal measure, consider dry salami, mortadella, capicola, or pepperoni
    For a Philly-style hoagie dip, replace the Italian meats altogether, and add chipped beef and some shredded American cheese.
    AND, if you want to be SUPER CHEESY about this recipe, and in addition to the 3 tablespoons of Parmesan specified in this recipe, consider shredding 2/3 cup Provolone or Swiss.
    Other ingredients I have added in addition to those specified in this recipe (all in 1/3 cup measure),  include chopped artichoke hearts, fresh lemon zest, chopped green olives, chopped Kalamata olives, jarred pimentos which have been drained and mostly dried on paper toweling, and toasted pine nuts. 


    Serving: 1serving | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 314mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 384IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg

    Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.