The Easiest, Cheesiest Skillet Dip for When You Need a Killer App, STAT

Make. This. Melted. Cheese. Dip. Now.

January 31, 2019
Photo by Ty Mecham

This cheesy skillet dip is not so much a recipe as it is a description of the last-ditch attempt I regularly make to be a good dinner party host. A lifeboat made of melted cheese, if you will.

Perhaps this sequence of events sounds familiar: you invite a handful of guests to a dinner party. You plan an intricate menu, hit the grocery store with time to spare, and get your entrée marinating (or braising, or pickling...) without a hitch. Then, mere moments before your friends arrive—glass of relaxed-host-of-the-century wine in hand—it hits. The realization that you forgot to plan snacks of any sort. No beautifully arranged cheese board, no adorable finger foods puffing up in the oven.

This extra-cheesy skillet dip is my answer. It draws inspiration from baked cheeses everywhere (hi, honey-covered baked brie, queso fundido, and roasted feta) and it's endlessly customizable. The version I've written up begins with onion and enoki mushrooms, sautéed in a little butter, but you could swap in any alliums, mushrooms, or quick cooking vegetables (like peppers or tomato—just use a non-reactive skillet with the latter). Experiment with any melty cheese to find your favorite version; I also love incorporating Gruyere, Comté, and Taleggio. Finally, top with whatever you please. If sour cream and hot honey aren't up your alley, try tomato jam and herbs. Or hot sauce. Or spicy breadcrumbs. (Or, nothing at all!)

Thanks to the scientifically proven fact that hot cheese is delicious, your guests will love it no matter what:

What's your super easy, go-to party app? Let us know in the comments!

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Ella Quittner

Written by: Ella Quittner

Ella Quittner is a contributing writer and the Absolute Best Tests columnist at Food52. She covers food, travel, wellness, lifestyle, home, novelty snacks, and internet-famous sandwiches. You can follow her on Instagram @equittner, or Twitter at @ellaquittner. She also develops recipes for Food52, and has a soft spot for all pasta, anything spicy, and salty chocolate things.

1 Comment

M January 31, 2019
Though I generally follow the idea that you shouldn't need to add warnings for common sense elements, this is one of those things I'd suggest only for select, small, adult groups. Conversation-distracted guests digging into piping-hot cast iron will spur at least some minor burns. (With or without the addition of sense-quashing alcohol and other general carelessness.)