Perhaps you need a last-minute dish to bring to your Super Bowl party tonight, or maybe you are looking for something to ‘wow’ that special man or woman in your life next week for Valentine’s Day. Either way, this cheesy vegetable dip will fit the bill. It would taste great served with raw vegetables like bell pepper slices, celery, broccoli or even cucumbers, or as pictured with pork rinds in place of tortilla chips. One of my favorite recipes on this blog is my Creamy Brussels Bake; this dip is a variation of that recipe served up in a party-friendly form. Are you ready for some deliciousness? (Please read that in Hank Williams Jr.’s voice for the full effect.)
Next I softened the cream cheese in the microwave for 35 seconds and added the sour cream, mozzarella cheese, 1/2 of the parmesan cheese, salt and whole lot of pepper to a large mixing bowl and set it aside.
As I showed in the Creamy Brussels Bake recipe, I sliced off the stems of each sprout and removed the exterior leaves. I then sliced them vertically into very thin pieces. Sometimes the leaves come apart after slicing which is actually a good thing, because then it means there will be pieces of sprouts throughout the entire dip.
Once I was finished slicing the Brussels sprouts, I heated the olive oil over medium heat and added the sprouts, onions and garlic (along with a little more salt and pepper) to the pan and sauteed for 5-7 minutes until the leaves were slightly wilted and the onions were translucent. I wanted to be sure they were tender as they do not bake very long in this recipe.
I added the mixture to the mixing bowl with the cheese and stirred until fully combined before adding everything back into my oven-safe pan. I topped the dish with the remaining parmesan cheese and then baked it for 12 minutes. To finish, I turned on the broiler for 2 minutes to get a nice golden brown top. If you do not have an oven-safe pan or cast iron skillet, you could always add this to a thin glass pie dish. This dip almost tastes like spinach and artichoke dip to me. It’s so creamy, and the sprouts add a bit of texture and a wonderful flavor. I love how easy it was to throw together and how quickly it cooks – it makes for a great last-minute dish if needed!