Hearty soup is such a perfect lunch or light dinner for cold wintery days, and the combo of broccoli and cheddar is both healthy and warming! In the past, I have found that broccoli and cheddar would just taste like broccoli and cheese sauce without any depth or complementing flavors, but adding in the extra spices gives this soup a delicious flavor.
Okay, to be completely honest, I wanted to make this cheese dip with sun-dried tomatoes, not roasted red peppers, BUT I grabbed the wrong jar at the grocery store and it was too wet and rainy to bother going back after I realized! So, here we are – Cheesy Roasted Red Pepper & Artichoke Dip.
This dip is great whether served warm, or cold, and has enough flavor itself that I recommend serving it with some lightly oiled crostini or pita chips. It is quick and simple to make and will keep for a few days in the fridge. Garnish with extra grated Parmesan cheese on top, and some fresh herbs.
Here it is - the ultimate comfort food! And, for such a yummo and filling meal, this is actually not that unhealthy. I mean, its not exactly a salad, but it also isn’t a fat and carb bomb like, say, mac ‘n’ cheese. This recipe isn’t difficult by any means, but it is effective, and it’s an easy one to elevate simply by doing some fun family style platter presentation garnished with cheese.
I don’t think that smaller gatherings and COVID restrictions are any reason to miss out on a favorite winter and holiday season food – cheese fondue. This recipe is portioned for two so that you don’t need to have a huge batch made, or do any weird math to pare down a larger recipe for a dinner at home or a small gathering.
Don't forget to mix up the taste and texture of your dippers, have around 3-5 options (including a protein), and don't be afraid to try some unusual ideas for dippers, especially if it includes a food that pairs well with cheese in a different context. There are endless possibilities, and I have included a list here for you to refer to!