I’m gonna call this the Basil’s COPYCAT Sausage Dip!
So there is this local restaurant in Greenville, NC where I live called Basils. It’s got great italian food & the thing I believe it’s most popular for is the many dip varieties they make fresh! There is one I’ve had there for years & I decided this week I would make my own version and see how good it was. It’s fabulous- not as good as theirs because lets be honest I don’t know their secret blends of spices but, it is definitely a close second!
The slight heat of the sausage is just perfect & the blend of tomatoes & peppers add so much flavor. I strongly suggest using good branded sausage & cheese- it really matters in the final result! This is great serves with Tostitos also if you don’t feel like tackling the grilled pita bread. I made this the morning of and re-heated for the folks coming over! Let me tell you- this is perfect crockpot dip. Put all of it together and let it melt on low for several hours; Not only will it blend to perfection but, when your friends come over they’ll be ready to eat! Smells so so good!
- About 1 pound of Hot Italian Sausage cooked. I used Johnsonville Hot & removed the casings. (Don’t be a wimp- it’s totally great)
- 8 ounces Cream Cheese (Kraft Philadelphia Brand)
- 4 ounces grated Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar
- 4 ounces grated Cabot Monterey Jack Cheese
- half of an orange bell pepper diced
- 4 roma tomatoes- Seeded and diced
- chopped green jalapeño (Old El Paso Brand- I wouldn’t use fresh cause it’s not necessary for this recipe)
- pinch of cayenne
- 1/4 teaspoon of each: Onion powder, garlic powder & salt & pepper
- OR 2 teaspoons of Trader Joe’s 21 seasoning SALUTE. (So good!)
- 2 tablespoons each olive oil & unsalted butter.
Cook your sausage until nice & crumbly kind of like hamburger. Use grease from Sausage to sauté the pepper & tomato until tender.
Layer the ingredients into your pot and turn it on medium. I would add only 1/2 the cheese initially and then as it melts add the rest. It’s super easy. You’re gonna watch the goodness become the best dip you could ever imagine!
Take a grill pan if you have it or a cast iron skillet if you have it (or any pan honestly) and heat it up to medium high with 2 tablespoons of garlic oil. Once the oil heats add garlic & 2 table spoons of butter.
Can’t wait to hear how much you love this & hope you’ll visit Basil’s @ www.itsbasils.com and see how awesome this locally owned business is!
Happy Superbowl Sunday- Go Seahawks!