I speak from experience, this Hot Italian Cheese Dip will be your warm weather entertaining go to appetizer! It is mine.
1 8-ounce block Cabot Neufchâtel cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, divided
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/4 cup shredded Cabot Alpine Cheddar, divided
1 slice white bread, crusts removed, chopped in food processor until fine crumbs, about 1 ounce or ¾ cup
½ cup chopped grape tomatoes
2 tablespoons minced red onion