Italian Hero Dip

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Italian Hero Dip
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
454
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

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

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
24g
37%
Sugar
2g
N/A
Saturated Fat
12g
61%
Cholesterol
68mg
23%
Protein
23g
46%
Carbs
36g
12%
Vitamin A
278µg
31%
Vitamin B12
0.9µg
15.5%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
12.7%
Vitamin C
8mg
14%
Vitamin D
0.5µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
0.6mg
3%
Vitamin K
3µg
4%
Calcium
361mg
36%
Fiber
4g
15%
Folate (food)
39µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
176µg
44%
Folic acid
81µg
N/A
Iron
3mg
15%
Magnesium
48mg
12%
Monounsaturated
8g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
5mg
23%
Phosphorus
359mg
51%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
417mg
12%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.4mg
24.5%
Sodium
1231mg
51%
Thiamin (B1)
0.5mg
30.3%
Trans
0.2g
N/A
Zinc
3mg
19%