5 from 2 votes
A cast iron skillet with baked fontina cheese dip, bread slices in the background and a hand taking a scoop out of the cheese dip with a bread slice.
Baked Fontina
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
21 mins

Baked Fontina cheese dip inspired by Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. This easy holiday appetizer is made with Italian fontina cheese, olive oil, and fresh spices, all baked to bubbly perfection and served with crusty French Bread.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 12
Calories: 254 kcal
Author: Lauren Allen
  • 1 1/2 pounds fontina cheese , rind removed and 1-inch diced
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil (high quality olive oil works best)
  • 6 cloves garlic , thinly sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme , minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Crusty French Baguette , cut into chunks when ready to eat
  1. Before preheating the oven, move one oven rack and place it about 5 inches from the heat. (on the bottom rack)

  2. Turn the broiler oven on high.

  3. Assemble your Fontina cheese cubes in the bottom of a large cast-iron pan.  Be sure to space them apart.  Drizzle olive oil on top of the cheese.

  4. In a small bowl, combine garlic, fresh thyme, and fresh rosemary.  Sprinkle the mixture over the cheese and olive oil.

  5. Add salt and pepper and place the pan under the broiler for about 6 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and starts to brown.

  6. Serve immediately with the French baguette.

Recipe Notes

Recipe inspired by Ina Garten, Food Network.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Fontina
Amount Per Serving
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 648mg 27%
Potassium 45mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 10.9%
Vitamin C 1.7%
Calcium 31.7%
Iron 1.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.