This copycat Olive Garden Smoked Mozzarella Fonduta recipe has Italian cheeses and sour cream to make a creamy, cheesy appetizer that you won’t be able to say no to. Serve this savory dish with a side of Italian bread.
ave you ever tasted this cheesy Smoked Mozzarella Fonduta appetizer at Olive Garden? I have to confess that I personally have not. But mom and dad have had it there, and it was so good that they had to try to make it at home. We tried several recipes, and found just the right amount of cheeses and spices to imitate the one at the Olive Garden. I think we really nailed this recipe, though, because mom and dad think that our version is better! This recipe is too good to be true. It’s easy, (and I mean, REALLY easy!) fast, delicious, addicting, and something you’ll make again and again. Because…dipping bread in cheese is about the best appetizer (or dinner!) that you can get!
I have to confess one more thing. We’ve made this cheesy dip several times, but didn’t take pictures of it to share with you for a while. Can you guess why?
Well…it’s because whenever we make it, we eat the whole pan so fast we don’t even think about it! I’m serious- our whole family hovers around the steaming cast iron pan with bread in hand, ready to dive into the delicious cheese. It was torture to let mom take five minutes to snap pictures of this dip for us to post. TORTURE!
Yep, just skip the plates, forks, spoons…you don’t need ‘em. All you need is a sliced piece of Italian bread and a cast iron skillet full of hot, gooey cheese. Oh, and if you have a whole family to fight for it with you, go for the outside first. It’s the BEST PART. Just a little crispy, and very cheesy. Just the way I like it!
I know I’ve convinced you to make this now. Your eyes are wide, you might even be drooling a little…but wait. Something this good can’t be that easy, right? It’s probably too hard to make.
No, no it’s not! Think about it… all it has is cheese, some spices, sour cream, melted and broiled in a pan. It’s dangerously easy. I’ll walk you through it right now, quick as lightning.
-Get a medium size bowl and put in the cheeses, sour cream, and spices. Get a cast iron skillet, or an 11×7 baking dish. Add the cheese mixture to the pan, pressing down lightly to make it even all around.
-Bake at 450 for 10 minutes, or until cheese looks bubbly and light brown. You’ll want those slightly crispy edges, it’s the best part of the whole thing!
-Cut up a loaf of Italian bread. You can make your own, or buy it at the store. Seriously, we usually just buy it at the store, unless we happen to have some homemade bread lying around. It tastes just as good, either way.
-Dig in! See, I told you it’s really easy! Now go indulge yourself in some delicious cheesy dip!
Okay, I have to say one more thing. You can adapt this recipe any way you want to. You can just do mozzarella cheese, you can do a mixture of mozzarella and provolone, you could do whatever your favorite mixture is! As long as you have the same amounts for the recipe, it doesn’t matter.
Alright, I’m done talking now. Go get started on this dip. You won’t be sorry at all!
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- ¼ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
- dash cayenne pepper
- 6 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
- 6 tablespoons Parmesan & Romano cheese blend
- ½ cup diced Roma tomatoes
- sprigs of fresh parsley
- Italian bread slices
- In a medium bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. Mix well. Transfer to a 10″ round skillet or 11×7″ baking dish. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is lightly browned and bubbly. Top with diced tomatoes and parsley, if desired. Serve while warm with sliced Italian bread.
*Use just Parmesan or just Romano if you’d like, too.
Recipe Source: Food.com