Ham Dip is incredibly cheesy and delicious! This easy to make oven baked dip has a cream cheese base dappled with green onions. Serve it with crackers or corn chips as soon as the guests arrive. A Ham Dip with cream cheese that is sure to rock your tastebuds!!
🤍 Recipe Highlights
Everything you will come to know and enjoy about this recipe are summarized in the points below.
- Everyday ingredients: everything you need to make the recipe is simple and easy to find at the local shops. There is no need for a trip to the speciality store or running around town.
- Taste and texture: there is a smooth creaminess from the cheese and there is chunky salty yum from the ham finished off with sweet pops of colour and crunch from the green onion. All of your textural boxes will be ticked and your taste buds get a work out!
- Serve hot or cold: this is an oven baked dip which simply involved combining ingredients and baking them with some stirring in between. You can serve the dip fresh from the oven, warm and melted. Or you have the option to make the dip, let it cool, place it back into the fridge to chill and then serve it cold. Your choice!
- Multiple serving options: crackers or corn chips, which is your favourite? Both work with the recipe and you can provide a spoon and or cheese knife so that if you serve it cold, the eaters can dollop and spread as opposed to dunk into the dip.
- Party starter: no one likes to go hungry at a party. Nor do they want to get to the party and have nothing to eat straight away! This dip is a crowd pleaser which will entertain (and feed) all. Serve it warm with crackers or cold for a spreadable dip and you are all set.
The photo below is to show you everything you need to make the ham cream cheese dip recipe. Please refer to the printable recipe card for detailed instructions.
As you can see, the recipe calls for:
- Salt and pepper: just a little bit of each of these provides seasoning to the dip.
- Dried onion: one of my all time favourite ingredients to use in recipes. You will find it in the herbs and spices section of the supermarket. It is dried, doesn't require cutting and yet will provide you all of the flavour of using a real onion!
- Spring onions (green onions): these are such a great ingredient to use as they add taste and texture and only take minutes to prepare. They also won't make you cry when you cut them (❤).
- Ham: you can use leftover ham for this recipe (chop it rather finely) or use store bought shredded ham. It has a robust texture and is a great compliment to the smooth cream cheese.
- Parmesan cheese: this is a strong bodied cheese which has a bit of bite to it. Intentionally added as a balance to the soft cream cheese, it melts and merges to a kind of heaven sent yum.
- Greek Yogurt: we use this to add another dimension of thick, creamy texture to the dish without having to use mayonnaise or sour cream. I use regular full fat Greek Yogurt.
- Cream cheese: this provides the thick creaminess in the recipe. It is a great ingredient to use in both sweet and savory recipe.
Tasty Tip: I like to provide you with a number of substitutions and variations giving you an array of options when making my recipes. If in doubt of any of the above ingredients, or wanting alternatives, read this section (further below) before jumping into the instructions on how to make the recipe which are coming next 😉👌
Here are the step by step instructions to make the cream cheese ham dip. We start by adding the cream cheese to a large heatproof dip bowl.
- Add cream cheese to heatproof bowl (Photo 1)
- Then add Greek Yogurt (Photo 2)
- Next add parmesan cheese (Photo 3)
- The sprinkle in the green onions (Photo 4)
👩🍳 How to Make Ham Dip
To make the dip, start by preheating the oven. Whilst the oven is heating, grab your heat proof dip bowl (it doesn't have to be a bowl, you can use a dish if you wish). Add the cream cheese, followed by Greek yogurt, then add the parmesan cheese followed by the sliced green onions.
Next add the shredded ham, dried onion and season with salt and pepper.
- Add shredded ham (Photo 5)
- Then sprinkle in dried onion (Photo 6)
- Season the dip with the salt and pepper then place in oven (Photo 7)
- Bake for 10 mins, remove, stir and bake further 10 mins (Photo 8)
Once the dip has been stirred together after the initial bake, return it to the oven for the final 10 mins. This allows the cream cheese to melt and combine with the other ingredients.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
Once the timer is up and you remove the dip from the oven, you can set it on a wire rack to start with.
Additional sliced green onions and shredded ham are great to use as a garnish for the top of the dip along with some finely chopped parsley.
These all help to inform the eaters of what the dip consists of.
It is your choice of cracker, chip or other. The dip lends itself to a variety of serving suggestions, so don't feel that you need to use the same crackers as me, but of course you can if you wish too (❤).
I also find it a really good idea to provide a spoon or cheese knife so that as the dip gets devoured, people can use that to assist them getting their dunk on. This will also result in less broken off crackers in the middle of the dip as people can scoop and spread as an alternative to 'dipping and dunking'.
👍 Substitutions and Variations
As always my friends, here are the ins and outs that you will want to know as you read this and think whether this or that would work as a slight switch up:
- Use can use diced bacon in place of the ham if you prefer it.
- Switch out the Greek Yogurt and in with the equivalent amount of sour cream.
- Sprinkle capers over the top as a garnish in place of the green onions or parsley if you wish.
- Add a teaspoon of garlic powder in along with the salt and pepper.
- Use country ham, leftover ham, salad ham or ham of your choice.
- Serve with tortilla chips as an alternative to the crackers or corn chips.
🛎 Top Tips
Here are my top tips and tricks so that you get the recipe right from the get go and can party through the night with the guests:
- Ensure you have a heatproof bowl or dish that is at least 1.3 litres (5.4 US cups).
- Preheat the oven to start with so that the dip cooks according to the time I have indicated in the recipe card.
- When stirring the dip having removed it from the oven, grab one side with a tea towel (it will be hot) and use a soup spoon in the other to combine. Really be thorough with the stirring as you want the lumps of cream cheese to be combined in with the other ingredients and not as big solid lumps.
- If choosing to serve the dip cold, allow it to cool once baked, then pop into the fridge. It will take a couple of hours to firm up, but tastes super delicious like this.
- If serving the dip cold provide a cheese knife or spoon or butter knife so that people can spoon, dollop and spread the dip so their cracker doesn't break due to the firmness of the chilled dip.
🤓 Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a ham dip last in the fridge?
Ham dip will last a couple of days in the fridge. As with all things however, you may find that it is best eaten when fresh so that nothing goes soggy as it sits over time.
What do I do with a fully cooked ham?
Leftovers from a fully cooked ham can easily be used to make other recipes. Think sandwiches, toasties, casseroles and dips. If you finely dice the ham, you can use it as an alternative to store bought shredded ham.
How is cream cheese different from cheese?
Cream cheese is a soft white cheese that differs from regular cheese due to its colour and texture. You will also find that the nutritional information for cream cheese will vary to other cheeses.
Is cream cheese same as soft cheese?
Cream cheese has a texture that is firm and smooth. Whilst it is softer than a sharp bold cheddar cheese, it is not as soft as ricotta or cottage cheese. Goat's cheese also has a slightly softer texture than cream cheese.
Cream cheese softens at room temperature, so you will find it firmer straight out of the fridge, than if it has sat for a bit.
😍 More Easy Dip Recipes
If you love dipping and dunking your way through life, then here are some more recipes that I think will be right up your alley:
- Baked Brie With Red Pepper Jelly
- Cream Cheese Salsa Dip
- Halloween Dip
- Green Olive Dip
- Cream Cheese Caramel Apple Dip
- Cottage Cheese Dip
- Cream Cheese Jalapeno Dip
- Cob Loaf Dip
- Cream Cheese Pepper Jelly
- 1 Oven proof glass bowl
- 2 Oven Mits
- 1 Wire Cooling Rack
- 1 Soup Spoon
- 500 grams/16 oz cream cheese
- 1 cup, 8oz Greek Yogurt
- 1 cup, 8oz Parmesan cheese freshly grated
- 2 cups, 16 oz green onions ends and tips trimmed, finely sliced, Note 4
- 2 cups, 16 oz shredded ham Note 5
- 1 tablespoon dried onion
- ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven: Preheat your oven to 180°C / 350-375°F / Gas Mark 4-5.
- Combine: add cream cheese, Greek Yogurt, parmesan cheese, green onions, shredded ham and dried onion to heatproof dip bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
- Oven bake: place dip into the oven and bake for 10 mins. Use oven mits, to remove and stir to combine.
- Return to oven: place the combined dip back into the oven and bake for a further 10 mins.
- Remove from the oven: use oven mits to remove dip from oven, place on heatproof surface.
- To serve: sprinkle over additional shredded ham, sliced green onions and parsley. Serve warm with corn chips or crackers. Note 5
- Note 1 - Serving Bowl: I like to make this dip in a heatproof glass dish. It also doubles as a serving bowl and comes with a handy lid for sealing and refrigerating leftovers. Ensure your dish is oven safe and use oven mits as it will be hot coming out of the oven.
- Note 2 - Soup Spoon: this is to stir the dip together after the initial 10 minute cook time. The glass will be hot, so rest it on a heatproof surface. Use a tea towel or oven mit to hang on to the side of the bowl so that it doesn't move around as you stir the dip. Do the same (oven mits) to both return the dip to the oven as well as when you pull it out when cooked.
- Note 3 - Cream cheese: I use 2 x 250 gram tubs of cream cheese. It won't matter if you use the block or the tub (ie spreadable version or not), however, measure to the equivalent 500 gram amount.
- Note 4 - Green onions: This is approximately 6 or 7 spring onions. Try and chop them into short (not wide) pieces and keep a few pieces to the side so that you can use them to garnish the dip when serving.
- Note 5 - Ham: if you purchase store bought diced ham, it will be easier. I am using a 300 gram (2 x 150 gram) packet, which measures 2 cups or 16 oz.
- Note 6 - Serving the dip: I mention in the post that you can serve the dip warm or cold. As the dip cools, it firms up. Refrigerating the dip firms it even more. If serving the dip chilled, allow to come to room temperature, pop a spoon in to aid scooping and dolloping and serve with crackers, tortilla chips or toasted corn chips.