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Hot Buffalo Turkey Dip Baked in a Bread Bowl

This Hot Buffalo Turkey Dip is a spicy, tangy and creamy dip that’s perfect for your next party!  Bake it in a sourdough bread bowl and serve it hot, with carrot and celery sticks, and chunks of sourdough bread.

I partnered with Canadian Turkey to bring you this delicious Hot Buffalo Turkey Dip recipe, and was compensated for my time, but the recipe, pictures, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.  We really love turkey.

How is it already a week away from Christmas?!  Are you busy shopping, wrapping gifts, and getting ready for family to arrive?  Are your menus created?  This is such a busy time of year, and sometimes it can feel really overwhelming, especially when you’re cooking for a crowd.  I’ve learned over the years to make a really detailed list of everything I want to serve over the holidays, breaking it down by day and each meal.  That way I don’t miss anything, especially the in-between meal times.  Sometimes I can get so focused on the big dinner that I tend to overlook the fact that people also need to eat between breakfast and dinner!  I’m not sure if it’s the same for you too, but if it is, I’ve got a perfect recipe for you.  This Hot Buffalo Turkey Dip recipe that I’m sharing with you today, is a great dish for a crowd.  It’s perfect for parties, as part of a lunch buffet or snack!

A top down view of Hot Buffalo Turkey Dip in a Bread Bowl

Creamy, tangy and spicy!

One of my most favourite appetizers of all time was a dip that my best friend brought over for a party one year…it was a hot buffalo dip and I seriously could have eaten it with a spoon.  It was creamy, tangy, spicy and so flavourful.  So I decided to recreate the recipe, but this time I added shredded turkey.  This is a really great way to use up leftover turkey after Christmas…it would make a fantastic appetizer for New Years Eve!  But really, it’s a great dip for any time of year.

Hot Buffalo Turkey Dip Baked in a Bread Bowl

Use fresh or leftover turkey

I made this particular dip using fresh turkey filets that I roasted in a foil packet in the oven. This is a really simple way to make shredded turkey to use in all kinds of dishes like Turkey Pot Pie, Turkey Tortilla Bake, Turkey & Rice Soup and Baked Turkey Cheddar Ranch Pull-Apart Sliders.  Once the turkey was roasted, I shredded it and added it to a creamy mixture of cream cheese, buffalo wing sauce, ranch dressing and shredded cheddar cheese.

Wrapping the dip in tin foil

Bake it in a bread bowl!

Then I put the mixture into a hollowed out sourdough bread bowl to bake in the oven.  This is such a great way to serve hot dips!  No dishes, and you get to eat the bowl!  😉

Hot Buffalo Turkey Dip Baked in a Bread Bowl

Serve with chunks of bread from the hollowed out sourdough bread bowl, a variety of crackers, and celery and carrot sticks.

So delicious and creamy…this appetizer is always the first to disappear!

Hot Buffalo Turkey Dip Baked in a Bread Bowl

Perfect as an appetizer or as part of a lunch buffet!


Hot Buffalo Turkey Dip Baked in a Bread Bowl

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This Hot Buffalo Turkey Dip is a spicy, tangy and creamy dip that’s perfect for your next party!  Bake it in a sourdough bread bowl and serve it hot with carrot and celery sticks, and chunks of sourdough bread.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Units Scale

Hot Buffalo Turkey Dip:

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked shredded turkey (I made shredded turkey out of turkey filets)
  • 1 (8 ounce) block of cream cheese
  • 1 cup hot sauce like Frank’s Red Hot
  • 3/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Bread Bowl and Dippers:

  • 1 large sourdough bread bowl
  • carrot sticks
  • celery sticks
  • crackers


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. First cook the turkey.  To do this I like to roast the turkey in a tin foil packet in the oven.  Put the turkey filets in the centre of a piece of tin foil and season it generously with salt and pepper, then wrap it up securely.  Roast for 25 minutes or until the turkey is cooked through.
  3. Once the turkey is cooked, shred it into bite sized pieces.  Set aside.
  4. Using a mixer, cream together the cream cheese, hot sauce, and ranch dressing. Mix until it is smooth and creamy.
  5. Stir in the shredded cheese.
  6. Add the cooked shredded turkey to the cheese/hot sauce mixture and combine.
  7. Transfer the mixture into a bread bowl, being careful not to overflow.  If you have too much dip , you can save some for later (add it to macaroni & cheese!).
  8. Wrap the bowl in tin foil and bake for about 1 hour, until it is hot and bubbly.
  9. Serve with carrot and celery sticks, chunks of sourdough bread, and crackers.

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8 Great Tips to Help You Entertain-at-Home Like A Pro:

Here are more great tips to help you with your holiday menu planning!

  1. Serving dishes that can be made in advance. Crowd-pleasing favourites like casseroles, pastas and stews featuring turkey can be made ahead of time and just re- heated gently to serve.
  2. Help your guests avoid the dreaded ‘crash’ that follows a heavy meal and think about serving lighter fare. Turkey makes a great feature meal, feeding a crowd with big flavour, while being a leaner, lighter choice.
  3. Have an appetizer party. There are many recipes that can be made ahead of time. Finger foods also mean using less dishes and cutlery, saving time when it comes to clean up.
  4. Serve Buffet Style. A buffet style meal encourages grazing throughout the night, mingling while guests eat and chat, and allows for a more social and relaxed feel. Choose foods that taste great at room temperature, like a stuffed turkey breast or turkey casserole.
  5. Host a potluck. You provide the crowd pleasing main dish, like a whole roasted turkey, and then have your guests bring a selection of appetizers, salads and desserts. Guests love to contribute and this will help take the heat off of you.
  6. Turkey makes a fantastic substitute in any of your favourite party dishes. Think about ground turkey, turkey breast or turkey sausage in any of your go-to appetizers and mains.
  7. The Crock-Pot is your best entertaining friend!  Use your handy crock-pot to help you make a crowd-pleasing dish ahead of time. Canadianturkey.ca is filled with crock-pot and make-ahead inspiration. A bonus you’ll love with the crock pot? You can heat and serve all in the same container!
  8. Save on the big meal by skipping the beef tenderloin or prime rib and opting for a less expensive cut of meat. A whole turkey will feed a large crowd for just a few dollars per person, making it a budget-friendly choice!

Canadian Turkey Recipes, Tips and Nutrition:

Visit the Canadian Turkey website for more delicious turkey recipes for the holidays!

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