I had big plans for pizza this past Sunday. But a sushi-filled lunch didn’t leave much room for a big, cheesy pizza. Instead of pizza we opted for another one of my favorite things in life: dip! Specifically a cheese dip. But this one is a little fancy. And by fancy I mean it uses brie instead of your usual cream cheese.
In addition to brie, the dip is full of fennel which sweetens when it caramelizes. Leeks perfume the dip with a light onion flavor that I adore and garlic makes it well, garlicky and wonderful.
Lemon zest brightens the entire appetizer and is one of my favorite flavors. A little heat comes from the addition of red pepper flakes – I would double the amount next time.
Parmesan adds a salty, delightful cheesiness and mozzarella on top makes it everything you want in a dip – ooey and gooey.
It’s creamy, sweet and savory. And perfect served with toasted baguette.
I sliced up a loaf of wheat baguette, brushed each slice with a little melted butter and baked until crisp but not too crunchy.
Who can argue with cheese dip and bubbles for dinner?