This Parmesan Cheese Dip is a wonderful Italian-inspired dip with a nutty taste. You’ll appreciate this rich, flavorful dip that is extra zippy thanks to the zesty Italian seasoning. Serve with pita crackers for extra crunch.
If you’re searching for the perfect appetizer to add to your Italian feast, this is the one!
It comes together in minutes, no cooking required.
And all you need to do is let it sit in the refrigerator until you’re ready to go.
You’re going to love all the zesty flavors in this easy dip.
Serve it with Pita crackers or your favorite seasoned crackers.
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Key to Success #1 – Start with Softened Cream Cheese
The creamy base of this dip recipe is made from a block of cream cheese and a little sour cream.
We’re going to be blending the cream cheese and sour cream together.
But first, make sure the cream cheese is softened.
Softened cream cheese is much more manageable, and you’ll end up with a creamier dip.
The easiest way to soften cream cheese is to allow it to rest on the countertop for about an hour.
I like to remove the cream cheese from the box but leave it in the wrapper.
However, either method would work if you have lots of time.
If you’re in a hurry, you can expedite the process using the microwave.
Remove the cream cheese from its foil packaging and place it in a bowl or plate that can be heated in the microwave.
Warm the cream cheese on your microwave’s defrost setting for 20-30 seconds until it is soft enough to mix easily.
Key to Success #2 – Use High-Quality Parmesan Cheese
For this recipe, you’ll want to use high-quality Parmesan cheese.
Freshly grated Parmesan is best.
Parmesan cheese that has been pre-grated tends to dry out and lose a lot of its nutty flavor.
But if you’re in a hurry, look at your local grocery store for a nice quality Parmesan cheese.
Not the kind that is found in your grocery store in the little shaker bottle.
Opt for a block of Parmesan cheese, and grate it yourself at home.
Or find a package that says freshly grated Parmesan cheese, such as the 4C Homestyle variety.
These cheeses will provide more flavor and a better texture for your dip.
Key to Success #3 – Add Zesty Italian Dressing Mix for Zip
The Good Seasons Zesty Italian Dressing Mix really shines in this easy dip recipe.
If you’ve never had any of the Good Seasons mixes, they’re a great way to add flavor to many different types of dishes.
Good Seasons is the brand name.
The Good Seasons mixes can be found in many grocery stores or big box stores, such as Walmart.
You can find several different varieties, but this recipe calls for the Zesty Italian Dressing Mix.
If you would prefer, you can add Italian Seasonings, such as garlic, onion, parsley, and oregano, to this recipe on your own.
But the Good Seasons mix makes it easy to just grab a packet for pour-and-go convenience.
And if you don’t like zesty flavors, you might prefer the original Italian Dressing Mix.
Save this Parmesan Cheese Dip recipe to your favorite Italian Appetizers board or your Dips board.
- 1 block (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 8 oz sour cream
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 3 sliced green onions
- 1 pkg Good Season Zesty Italian dressing mix
- In a small bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, green onions, and Italian dressing mix on low speed until fully combined. Increased speed to medium and beat until fluffy.
- Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover. Chill for at least 1 hour. Serve with pita crackers.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 82mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
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