Hot Italian Grinder Dip (Ranch Style)

Susan Bickta


This was a recipe I entered in a contest. It did not win, but my family says it's a "winner." This dip has all of the ingredients of an Italian hoagie (sub) in a cream cheese base, all mixed together and baked. The result is a rich, creamy and tasty dip that tastes like an Italian grinder!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This flavorful dip is delicious! It's good for game day, but will be great at any party. Set this out and watch it disappear. Make sure to serve with a hearty cracker... you'll need them!


8 ounce block cream cheese, softened
1/2 c
sour cream
1/2 c
envelope ranch dip mix (1 ounce)
1 1/2 Tbsp
hot sauce
2 c
shredded cheddar/jack cheese combo
3 oz
thinly sliced deli ham, finely diced
3 oz
thinly sliced hard salami, finely diced
3 oz
thinly sliced capicolla, finely diced
6 oz
shredded iceberg lettuce
1 medium
tomato, finely diced
1/4 c
diced onion
1/4 c
mild yellow banana pepper rings
1 box
"sturdy" type crackers for dipping (or toasted baguette slices)


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1Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch round glass baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

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2In a large bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise. Mix well until there are no lumps.

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3Add the ranch dip mix, hot sauce, shredded cheese, ham, salami and capicolla. Mix well.

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4Transfer to prepared baking dish and spread evenly.

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5Bake for 20-22 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

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6Remove from oven and top with shredded lettuce, tomato, onion and pepper rings.

7Serve hot with crackers for dipping.

8HINT: for some extra added flavor I've also served this hot dip drizzled with my favorite bottled Italian Salad dressing.

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