Creamy Ranch and Cheese Bread Bowl Dip
I love dips and this one hits all the elements.
It’s the type of dip you just want to babysit with a fistful of chips so you can keep on dipping. One after the next.
And after your chips run low, you can move on to nibbling the bread bowl. Don’t waste perfectly good carbs.
To make the dip, simply stir together cream cheese, sour cream, shredded cheese, and a packet of ranch dip seasoning mix. I used McCormick, but you can use a storebrand or stir together onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper, to taste. But for about a dollar, I went with the mindless ease of a packet.
You can use lite or lower fat versions of both the cream cheese and sour cream, or traditional versions.
I used a blend of white cheddar, Pepper Jack, and mozzarella cheese. Use what you have and enjoy.
Even though it takes just minutes to stir the ingredients together, you can make the dip a few days in advance and keep it airtight in the fridge until you’re ready to transfer it into the bread bowl for serving.
If you’re having a party, it’s one less thing to do the day of, and it gives the flavors time to marry. A win-win.
The ranch flavor is bold and intense, and my daughter told me this was one of my best dips ever.
We went to town on it, switching between potato chips, bread, and sweet potato chips.
It’s a perfect backyard bbq, pool party, or game day dip. I’m thinking Memorial Day weekend.
Just make sure you have plenty of nice cold beverages to wash it down with.
Creamy Ranch and Cheese Bread Bowl Dip
I love dips and this one hits all the elements. Fast, easy, no-bake, creamy, cheesy, and loaded with ranch flavor. You can use lite or lower fat versions of both the cream cheese and sour cream or traditional versions. I used a blend of white cheddar, Pepper Jack, and mozzarella cheese. Use what you have and enjoy. The ranch flavor is bold and intense, and it’s the perfect backyard bbq, pool party, or game day dip. Just make sure you have plenty of nice cold beverage to wash it down with. Dip can be made up to 3 days in advance and kept airtight in the fridge until ready to transfer to the bread bowl for serving.
8 ounces cream cheese, very soft (lite is okay)
8 ounces sour cream (lite is okay)
about 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese, measured loosely piled (American, Colby, pepper Jack, Monterey Jack, cheddar, mozzarella, or your favorite)
1-ounce packet ranch dip seasoning mix (I used McCormick; substitute with individual spices to taste if preferred, including garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper, etc.)
one 6 to 8-inch round loaf of bread
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients (except bread) and stir until combined. The softer the cream cheese is, the easier stirring is; set aside.
- With a serrated knife, slice off the top of bread in a circle, about 1-inch from the edge. Go down deep enough with knife to hollow out and remove interior section of the bread. If necessary, use your fingers to remove interior section of bread; save for dipping if desired.
- Transfer dip into bread bowl and serve immediately with chips, crackers, veggies, etc. Dip can be made up to 3 days in advance and kept airtight in the refrigerator. Do not place dip into bread bowl until ready to serve because the bread will get soggy. Dip will keep airtight in the refrigerator for about 5 to 7 days.
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