We can thank the fast food dine-in chains such as Applebee’s or Chili’s for making this dip so popular. The first time I had this dip was when I was in college at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. There was an Applebee’s nearby and I remember always ordering this dip to share with friends. Its creamy, decadent and amazing with pita bread. I always wondered what gave this dip its tangy taste, and realized later that it is the parmesan cheese that is mixed in. If you want this dip to taste superb then I recommend spending a few extra dollars and getting some REAL parmesan cheese, not the store brand stuff in the package, we need real, imported cheese from Italy here! If it’s one thing I’ve learned over the years from cooking, it’s that you should always use the best ingredients available to you, it makes a world of a difference to the end result.
That being said, this is yet another dip that your guests will LOVE. I am having around 6 people over for a small Superbowl party, but if you plan to have more 8 guests, I recommend doubling this recipe. Enjoy!