Italian Sausage Pesto Party Dip Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Chef Carron Harris, Sr. Culinary Director, Papa Murphy’s® Pizza.

Published by Flavor & The Menu

This craveable dip showcases a build of Hillshire Farm® Italian Sausage Crumbles, cream cheese, pesto and is crowned with a bruschetta topping of heirloom tomatoes, fresh herbs, seasonings and olive oil. A soft dish with a big punch of flavor.



8 oz.Cream Cheese, softened    
1/4 CupCream 
2 ozBasil Pesto   
1/2 Tsp.Kosher Salt
1/2 Tsp.Ground Black Pepper
6 oz.Hillshire Farm® Pork Italian Sausage Crumbles, large
Sub Recipe

Bruschetta Topping

1/2 CupHeirloom Tomatoes, diced 
1 Tbsp.Minced garlic
1 Tbsp.Fresh basil, chopped
1/4 Tsp.Kosher Salt
1 Tbsp.Extra virgin olive oil
As NeededToasted baguette slices for serving

Step 1: In a stand mixer, beat together the cream cheese, cream, pesto, salt and pepper until well mixed, about 2 minutes on medium speed.

Step 2: On the lowest speed, gently add in the Hillshire Farm® Italian Sausage Crumbles so they mix in, but do not break up.

Chef Notes: 

Since I’m in the pizza industry, using the Tyson® Italian Sausage Crumbles on a pizza seemed obvious.  But the mission was to transform the ordinary ingredient into something else. During fall and football season, people are always looking for new ways to have a party dip. The sausage adds some heartiness and texture to something that is generally soft. The pesto adds a punch of flavor, and the bruschetta brings not only color, but some garlic and sweet tomato flavor—the perfect complements to the dip. It’s hearty, flavorful and fun!

Sub Recipe Directions

Bruschetta Topping

Step 1: In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the bruschetta topping. Set aside.

Step 2: Preheat the oven to 400°F.  Place the Italian sausage dip in an ovenproof serving container such as a cast-iron skillet or ceramic baking dish. Bake for 10–12 minutes to allow everything to heat up, but do not overbake or the pesto will break.

Step 3: To serve, sprinkle the bruschetta topping over the warm dip and serve with toasted baguettes or crackers.

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