Italian Hero Dip

Italian Hero Dip
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Italian Hero Dip

Danny Kim

Italian Hero Dip

Creamy dip in a hollowed-out loaf of bread is a game day favorite but if you’re getting tired of spinach dip, Every Day with Rachel Ray has a solution; fill the bread bowl with all of the flavors of a classic Italian hero sandwich. And, why not make the bread bowl out of ciabatta, while you’re at it?

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8
Servings
217
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • large loaf ciabatta (about 3 by 6 by 14 inches; or 1 pound)
  • 16-ounce jar giardiniera (Italian pickled vegetables), drained and chopped
  • ¾  Cup  finely diced salami
  • slices prosciutto, torn
  • 1  Tablespoon  butter
  • 1  Tablespoon  flour
  • 1  Cup  half-and-half, plus more for thinning sauce
  • 10  Ounces  shredded provolone
  • tomato, chopped
  • ½  Cup  thinly sliced iceberg lettuce, for garnish

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Carve a 2-inch-deep rectangular slice out of the top of the bread, leaving 1 inch on the sides and the bottom. Cut the bread that has been removed from the loaf crosswise, into 1-inch slices. Transfer the bread bowl to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place ½ cup giardiniera and ½ cup salami in the bottom; top with three-quarters of the prosciutto.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the flour; whisk until smooth. Pour in 1 cup of half-and-half and bring to a simmer, whisking constantly. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, whisking occasionally, until thickened, about 6 minutes. Add the cheese and stir until melted, adding more half-and-half if the sauce is too thick to pour. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour the cheese sauce into the bread bowl. Top with the remaining giardiniera, salami and prosciutto; top with the tomato. Bake 10 minutes. Put the bread-top slices on the baking sheet. Bake until the cheese sauce is hot and the bread is toasted, about 10 minutes. Garnish with the lettuce; serve with the bread.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
14g
20%
Sugar
16g
18%
Saturated Fat
12g
50%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
22g
17%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
4µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
9mg
1%
Choline, total
10mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
8µg
2%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
21mg
7%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Phosphorus, P
53mg
8%
Selenium, Se
9µg
16%
Sodium, Na
184mg
12%
Water
24g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Italian Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Italian Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.