Thursday, January 16, 2014

Meatball Parmesan Dip

Meatball Parmesan Dip
This is the kind of dip that makes you want to just keeping eating it until it's all gone! But at parties that is frowned upon! And if you love meatball hero's but hate how messy they are to eat, you're going to love this dip! The only messy part is when you start licking the plate clean after it's all gone...another thing that is frowned upon at parties!

I served this with very thinly sliced, toasted, italian bread. Just lay out all the slices on a cookie sheet and put it under the broiler for about 3 minutes. Keep an eye on it because the bread browns quickly during the last 30 seconds. This recipe is perfect for 4 people but can easily be doubled.

Meatball Parmesan Dip
Meatball Parmesan Dip

1 cup of prepared tomato sauce - homemade or jarred
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
8 oz. homemade or store bought meatballs - cooked and diced
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese + 1/4 cup for topping
fresh basil - garnish
Italian bread - thinly sliced and toasted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, mix together the prepared tomato sauce, ricotta, grated parmesan, diced cooked meatballs and 1 cup shredded mozzarella.
Spread this mixture into a 1 quart baking dish.
Top with remaining 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella.
Bake uncovered on middle rack for 25 minutes or until cheese is well browned.
Before serving sprinkle with fresh chopped basil.
Serve warm with thinly sliced toasted italian bread.
Serves 4


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