Baked Fontina

"Baked Fontina Cheese"

Does anyone remember Market Day Italian Dippers? They’re no longer available, but here is the next best thing. This reminds me of the cheese in an Italian Dipper. This version is more sophisticated than Market Day’s, and would be a great addition to any cocktail party. Serve with crusty bread or crackers.

Recently a snowstorm hit Chicago. It was one of the biggest blizzards in the city’s history. With almost 2 feet of snow keeping us from going to work, we decided to take this rare weekday off to try some new recipes.

Below is the full recipe as featured on Pennies on a Platter, but we chose to halve it. Halving it was more than enough for the 5 of us. Also, we used dried herbs because it’s what we had on hand; it still turned out great. We will be making this recipe over and over again.

"Baked Fontina Cheese Ingredients"

Here’s what you’ll need

"Baked Fontina Cheese"

Cube the fontina cheese and measure the garlic and herbs. Aren’t these prep bowls cute?

"Baked Fontina Cheese"

First the cheese, then the olive oil, then sprinkle with the garlic and herbs

"Baked Fontina Cheese"

mmmm hot cheese

"Baked Fontina Cheese"

This looks AND tastes amazing!


Baked Fontina
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  1. 1 1/2 pounds Italian Fontina, cubed
  2. 1/4 cup olive oil
  3. 6 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 Tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
  5. 1 Tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
  6. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  7. 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  8. crusty bread
  1. Preheat the broiler on high.
  2. Position top oven rack 6 inches from the broiler.
  3. Evenly distribute the Fontina cubes in an oven safe dish.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Sprinkle the cheese evenly with garlic, rosemary and thyme.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Broil for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.
  8. Serve family style by dipping into it with the crusty bread.
Adapted from Pennies on a Platter


  1. Cecily says

    Wow! I have to say, I’ve been browsing through the blog for about 2 hours now, looking at recipes, enjoying them, saving them… but it wasn’t until this post that I had to make a comment because I saw the words Market Day Italian Dippers!

    I grew up in North Texas and when I moved to Alabama at the tender age of 13, NOBODY had heard of Market Day. But we ALWAYS bought Italian Dippers! That’s the first time I’ve heard it mentioned in almost 10 years!

    Anyway, while I’m here, might as well say — you guys are awesome. Great recipes and ideas I would have never thought of!

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