Roasted Cherry Tomato and Sweet Onion Dip- The Hot Mess

by on June 5, 2014

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You’re lookin’ a hot mess. And we’re not talking about emotional issues or drama. We’re throwing it all out there for you all to see, straight from the oven and ready to be devoured. This cheese dip is the epitome of a hot mess, but it’s so freaking good, you’ll be glad that we didn’t make time to clean it up.

It was so hard to not face-plant into this dip when it was bubbly, drippy, hot and messy from the oven. Probably the realization that we’d burn ourselves is what kept us civilized. When it comes to cheese dips, our friends are like beasts and un-tamed hungry animals waiting to lick every smear of our sweet onion dip.

Our sweet onion dip, aka “Crack-dip”, has made it’s round quite a bit online. We first shared this recipe in 2008 but finally gave it a hero’s welcome in our Bountiful cookbook and re-shared the recipe again last year on this blog post. Since then, it was given new life and enjoyed again on party tables across America.

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Thanks all for making us so proud. This sweet onion dip is our little baby and it’s so great to know that for many of you, it’s like cheese-crack.

Now are you ready for the latest version? We added fresh cherry tomatoes on top! It’s was a totally random idea because our garden is giving off some seriously beautiful cherry tomatoes.

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Our favorite way to eat the crack dip is to spread some of this cheesy-goodness on some fresh bread and top it with a slice of fresh heirloom tomato. The tomato is a nice balance to the rich dip and it’s a match made in heaven.

So we thought it would be nice to have some roasted cherry tomatoes to eat with the dip and rather than roast them separately, we just plopped them on the dip and baked it all together. What resulted was a hot mess of delicious roasted tomatoes on top of the perfectly brown-crusted sweet onion dip.

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It’s to die for and you can bet this hot mess will make an appearance at every single gathering we have this Summer, or at least until we run out of cherry tomatoes.

Hey, maybe we’ll re-name this dip to “The Hot Mess” and if we were to couple it with the “Crack Dip”, it could be the “Hot Mess Crack Dip”. Yeah? Ok. Let’s dive in.


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Roasted Cherry Tomato and Sweet Onion Cheese Dip Recipe

Yield: Serves 4-6

Total Time: 1 hour

See post for additional recipe notes. Our original sweet onion crack dip can be found in our Bountiful cookbook and was re-shared last year on this blog post.


  • about 8 oz of cherry tomatoes, depending on baking dish you use & how many tomatoes you need to cover the dip
  • 1 (8-ounce / 225-g) package cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup (100g) freshly grated Parmesean
  • 1 cup (240ml) mayo (preferably Best Foods brand)
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Parmesan, onion, and black pepper and until everything is thoroughly combined.
  3. Spread the cheese mixture into a 6-inch (15-cm) baking dish or any oven-safe dish. Lay cherry tomatoes across the dip.
  4. Bake for about 50 minutes to one hour, till the tomatoes are roasted and the cheese is bubbly hot and brown.
  5. Serve with your favorite crackers, crusty bread or crunchy vegetables such as radishes, jicama, carrots, and celery. To make it gluten free or paleo, don't serve it with bread. Instead, just serve it with the crunchy vegetables or gluten free bread.
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1 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 5, 2014 at 2:00 am

This looks and sounds incredible! I’ve made your Crack Dip (so good!) and I love tomatoes so I know I would love this stuff! Pinned! And that blue baking dish is so pretty!


2 Belinda@themoonblushbaker June 5, 2014 at 4:41 am

What a dip! I can not believe such a gorgeous is so easy with such normal ingredients. The bubbly dip is great for Friday fun.


3 Meghan @ Cake 'n' Knife June 5, 2014 at 7:41 am

This looks SO delicious! My hubby calls me The Hot Mess all the time, so I absolutely have to make this dip! Gorgeous photos – looking forward to your photography workshop today!


4 Lucrecer June 5, 2014 at 8:57 am

Looking forward to the class! Best of luck!


5 Monica June 5, 2014 at 10:12 am

Hi – did I miss where the onion is added and if it needs to be cooked first? Sounds good – would love to make.

Thank you!


6 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 5, 2014 at 12:01 pm

So gorgeous, love the way the light hits this. Currently watching your CreativeLive class and learning so much! :)


7 Jen June 5, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Wow this looks scrumptious! And I totally love that blue baking dish. Where did you find it?


8 Abbe@This is How I Cook June 5, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Time to get crackin’ and make this dip! Because then I’d get to eat it! Well, if I was lucky and no one stole it out from under me!


9 Matt @ Plating Pixels June 6, 2014 at 9:51 am

I watched a good amount of your online workshop yesterday. Amazing stuff. You guys are incredible and work very well together. Thank you!


10 Jessica @FoodLuvBites June 7, 2014 at 5:12 am

Hilarious name however it def doesn’t look a hot mess. Thanks for sharing!


11 Ash June 9, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Holy moley does this look good. I am so excited to try it.


12 Wendy June 12, 2014 at 9:57 am

This looks so incredibly delicious that I can not wait for a special occasion to make it! I could, on the other hand, make this for dinner and just hand out spoons! :) Serving with crunchy vegetables sounds perfect to me!


13 Jeff @ June 15, 2014 at 7:54 pm

This tomato crack dip is amazing! Where enjoying it while watching game 5 of the NBA Finals.


14 bev @ bevcooks June 16, 2014 at 11:45 am

Oh heavens. I’m done for.


15 Thalia @ butter and brioche July 17, 2014 at 10:09 pm

yum!! this looks too good.. perfect for the winter weather here! definitely will be recreating this in my kitchen.


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