Party Panache, Red Carpet Cocktail

This little concoction is guaranteed to make you a celebrity!

Marinit dip

all you need is a pretty glass, individual dish or compote, and a few basic ingredients, and you will be a rock star


Basically it’s a flatbread made with refrigerated pizza crust dough, topped with pesto, Parmesan, chopped pistachios and sesame seeds


Unroll the crust onto a non stick baking pan and gently stretch it into a large even rectangle of dough


Spread a thin layer of pesto on dough and sprinkle with sesame seeds


Top with chopped pistachios and use your fingers to gently press toppings into dough


Sprinkle with cheese and bake in a 400 degree oven for about 12-14 minutes, until crust is cooked and begins to brown

pesto pistachio

Cut rectangle in half horizontally, then into 1/2″ strips

pizza crust dipping sticks

The dip is made with ricotta cheese, sour cream, garlic and herb mix, and Asiago cheese


You can mix it in the bowl you’re baking it in, just give it a spray with cooking oil for easy clean up, before adding ingredients


You can make it ahead, cover and refrigerate, and bake it later


Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, until hot and bubbly

ricotta asiago dip

Spoon about 1/4 cup into the bottom of individual glass or bowl and add strips

Marinit dip

The cool part is that if any of the yummy toppings fall off, they land right in the dip!


Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • martini glasses


Pizza Dippers

  • 1 can refrigerated pizza crust dough or any fresh pizza dough
  • 1/4-1/2 cup pesto
  • 1 cup shelled pistachios chopped
  • 3 T sesame seeds
  • 2 oz shredded Parmesan cheese

Savory Ricotta Dip

  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 3 oz Asiago cheese grated
  • 1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secrets Savory Garlic and Herb blend


Pizza Dippers

  • Unroll dough onto a non stick baking sheet.
  • Gently stretch into a large even rectangle. Cover with a thin layer of pesto.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and pistachios. Use your fingers to gently press seeds and nuts into the dough.
  • Cover with Parmesan. Bake at 400 for 12-14 minutes or until dough is done and golden

Savory Ricotta Dip

  • Mix all ingredients together, blending well. Divide among martini or pretty glasses and garnish with Pizza dippers to serve.


Dip Option:
Spray a small baking dish with olive oil spray. Mix cheese, sour cream and seasoning in the baking dish. Cover and refrigerate until  baking at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Makes about 2 1/4 cups Serve with pizza dippers
Keyword cocktail dip, dip in a glass, fancy appetizer, foccacia dippers, party dip, ricotta cheese

This is so simple, yet so different from the expected onion or spinach and artichoke dip with chips.  You could easily add bacon or vegetables to the dip. 

The flatbread techique has infinite possibilities also, change it up to your taste.  I love the texture contrasts in this version, and it is a perfect partner for soups and salads too~

Thanks for stopping by!

Juicy Details

I created this dish for the Academy Awards watching, you can see the buffet table here

oscar night

The pizza dippers were inspired by a recent pizza we enjoyed,  Sesame Crusted Spinach, Mushroom and Prosciutto Pizza here

spinach and prosciutto pizza 1

For another dip that is wildly popular with everyone is Pigskin Tailgate Dip here

pigskin dip

It features Asiago cheese too, plus ham and bacon~

Thanks for noshing with me today!


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14 Responses to “Party Panache, Red Carpet Cocktail”
  1. Marigene says:

    The Pizza Dippers sound delicious and so easy, which really is a plus! I ♥ your presentation, Jenna.

  2. Ellen says:

    Saving this one!

  3. Emily says:

    All of this looks delicious and easy. Love the individual compotes and how easy this could be for a large group.
    Have a great week………..

  4. Carole says:

    Oh, yum!! Loved your Awards Watching party too. Just wish the awards weren’t on a Sunday night, I have to get up early on Monday for work.

  5. Mary says:

    Love your little dippers Jenna and serving them in a martini glass makes them Oscar-worthy!

  6. Miz Helen says:

    We will love this appetizer! Hope you are having a fantastic week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. chef mimi says:

    YUM! THIS SOUNDS FABULOUS! And I just love individual dishes for serving at parties. Brilliant! Happy New Year!

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