Thursday, April 5, 2012

Carbonara Dip, with Brie and Pancetta

Once upon a time in a far away land called Dana Point, CA, there lived a Seth and a Jenn and a toddler named Max.  All three of them loved to dip things. One day Seth came home raving about a pizza he had for lunch.  That pizza was called Carbonara Pizza.  He wanted to recreate that amazing dish.  However, they were very far away from making acceptable pizza at home.  So instead, they did what came naturally.  They made a dip.  And that is the story of how Carbonara Dip came to be, and all three dip aficionados munched happily ever after.

Carbonara Dip:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons cubed pancetta
1 shallot, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons white wine
8 ounce wedge of brie
6 ounces cream cheese
1 ½  teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
generous amount of freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons chopped basil, plus more for garnish
¼ cup Parmesan cheese

Baguette Dippers:
1 baguette, sliced
¼ cup olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
kosher salt
1 tablespoon chopped basil

To prepare the dip: Heat oven to 375.  Heat olive oil and butter over medium-high heat and crisp the pancetta cubes, about 3 minutes.  Turn heat down to medium-low and add shallot and garlic.  Saute until shallots are soft.  Deglaze with the white wine, being sure to get any of those crispy brown bits off the pan.  Add the cheeses and melt everything together.  Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and black pepper.  Add the chopped basil and transfer the mixture to an oven-proof pan to bake.  Sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese.  Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until the top is golden-brown.  Stir and sprinkle more basil, if desired.

To prepare the baguette dippers:
Heat oven to 350.  Place slices of baguette on baking sheet.  Brush each slice with olive oil, then sprinkle with black pepper and salt.  Repeat for each slice.  Bake for about 7-10 minutes, until the baguette slices have toasted.  Sprinkle chopped basil over slices.


  1. Who. Congrats to the Seth and the Jenn for inventing something that gave me chills.

    To DIE FOR!!!

  2. This is calling my name! And my Hubby's! We love carbonara so naturally this is going to be a hit. Thank you so much for inventing this and sharing with us!

  3. Jenn and Seth!! YUM! This looks so great

  4. This looks fantastic! I love carbonara, I mean, how can you not? I was already in love with your egg marinara dip but this really takes it over the top!

  5. Whoa, looks like the group came up with a delicious dip. Sounds like a happy and tasty ending to your story.. However I think I need to find out about the dip story here, so I am saving this recipe. Very tasty-yum!

  6. Love everything with Brie!!! Thank you Jenn & Seth for this wonderful recipe.
    Cheers :)

  7. I love Pasta Carbonara so I am sure I would devour this dip!

  8. Thank you for visiting, and commenting on my blog. I absolutely love this amazing dip with the brie and cream cheese combination. The baguettes are perfect dippers for this yummy dip. I'm also bookmarking it to want to make this soon!
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  9. Looks so good! Such a creative alternative to the usual line up of creamy dips too.

  10. This is one gorgeous dip! I'd just need a spoon. :D

  11. This looks so great! I love carbonara pasta, definitely would love this!

  12. Oh, man...this looks like the best dip ever. Seriously wonderful!!!

  13. Hahah that is a beautiful story :) And that dip looks killer! O yumm! That ingredient list is fantastic!

  14. Haha I LOVE fairy tales with a happy ending! This dip sounds delicious!

  15. Oh my, Jenn, this dip looks delish. Cute story. Dips are the best.

  16. Jenn and Seth, I am coming to dinner. Invited or not :-)

  17. Hi Jenn & Kendall! I know 2 person in my family who would devour this dip in a heartbeat. That would be my brother and sister in law. They love anything to do with carbonara and for myself, I love anything with pancetta in it. Gosh I am drooling over this bowl of sinful goodness!! Yummm.. Have a good weekend ahead.. Cheers, Jo

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  19. This looks quite YUM! I love the ingredients! I want to be a dip aficionado too!!!!

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