This year I really wanted to add a cute and festive holiday appetizer to my website, and this snowman dip definitely fits the bill!
This easy dip only requires about 15 minutes of hands-on time, then you pop it in the oven to bake. That gives you time to take care of all the other last-minute things that need to be done when you’ve got people gathering for the holidays!
Once the dip is done, it only takes a minute to decorate. Then you need to allow a few minutes for everyone to ooh and aah until the first brave soul grabs a piece of that warm crusty bread and digs in.
Others will immediately follow. 😀
Why I love this snowman dip
I love to serve something seasonal and fun for holiday gatherings. Especially the appetizers – there’s so much room for creativity there!
But the “easy button” is also important! And this dip checks all the boxes!
Many will love using the fresh bread to eat this warm dip, but I also enjoy it on crackers. I haven’t tried it yet with veggies, but I’m thinking a stalk of celery would be a great dipper into this yummy chicken dip.
For the dip:
- Chicken – a 12 ounce can of chicken works great for this, but if you have leftovers or a rotisserie chicken hanging around, feel free to substitute with that.
- Cream cheese
- Dijon mustard
- Worcestershire sauce
For the bread ring:
- Butter – for greasing the pan and brushing on the bread dough
- Refrigerated tube of French bread. These come in 11-ounce sizes, so if you have a different dough you’d rather use, just use an equivalent amount. A tube of pizza dough would work, and next time I’m going to try this with breadstick dough. Yummy!
For the snowman face:
- Black olives (large)
- One baby carrot
How to Make This Snowman Dip
This is an easy dip (the best kind!) that gets an extra level of cuteness with some simple decoration.
Start with the outer ring of bread. I use a tube of refrigerated dough for French bread, but other types of bread dough should also work. Cut the dough into about 12 equal sized pieces and roll each into a ball.
Lightly grease your skillet (about a 10-inch skillet works best) then line the outer rim of the skillet with the balls of dough. A little space between the pieces of dough is okay; they will expand while baking. Brush the dough with some melted butter and sprinkle with salt.
Now mix the dip. Combine softened cream cheese with a can of cooked, shredded chicken, mayo, and a little Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
Place this mixture in the middle of the skillet and spread it out to touch the edges of the bread dough.
Bake this in a 350F oven for 32-38 minutes. You want the bread to be baked through and lightly brown. About 35 minutes works great for me.
While the dip is baking, prepare the decorations. I used a baby carrot for the nose, but if you have regular sized carrots you could cut about a 3-inch section off the pointed end.
The eyes and mouth are from black olives. Use whole olives for the eyes, then cut slices of a few more olives to form the mouth. About 7 slices or so works well.
When the bread looks done, remove the skillet from the oven. Brush the bread with a little more butter, if desired. Then make the snowman’s face with the olives and carrot and enjoy!
Here are some other festive appetizers for your holiday table
- Cranberry Goat Cheese log
- Cream cheese penguins
- Grinch fruit kabobs
- Brie stuffed mushrooms
- Green onion cheese ball
- 11 ounce tube French Bread dough
- 2 Tablespoons butter divided
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 12 ounce can chicken cooked and shredded
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 6- 7 large black olives
- 1 baby carrot or about a 3-inch pointed tip from a regular carrot
- Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 350F. Brush one tablespoon of butter on the inside of the skillet. (10-inch)
- Cut the bread dough into about 12 equal sized pieces and roll each into a ball.
- Arrange the balls of dough around the outside of the skillet.
- Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter. Brush the melted butter on the dough, then sprinkle with a little salt.
- In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, mayo, chicken, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. beat with an electric mixer until well blended.
- Spoon the dip into the skillet, and spread evenly so it touches the edges of the bread dough.
- Bake for 32-38 minutes, until the dip is hot, and the bread is baked through and lightly brown.
- While dip is baking, prepare the decoration. Set aside 2 black olives for eyes, then slice the other olives to make about 7 round slices.
- Remove the dip from the oven and decorate with olives and carrot to make a snowman face. If desired, brush the bread with a little more butter.
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