Holiday Appetizers 101: Pizza Dip.
I stole got this recipe from my friend Cindy. I used all of her same ingredients, but mixed things up a bit.
I chopped up some pepperoni into tiny peices.
And used a generous amount of italian seasoning – it gives the dip most of it’s flavor.
I don’t really care for italian seasoning, most likely because it is green and looks ‘vegetable-like’. But I took one for the team this time.
I put cheese in the cream cheese, because I like adding cheese to cheese. What goes better with cheese, besides cheese?
And even chocolate.
I’ll stop there.
Anyhow, I folded everything in to the cream cheese.
Spread it into a baking dish.
And topped it with more of the goods, this time adding sauce to the mix.
I love pizza, but I don’t love pepperoni. I never really have. While I am all about adding more grease to pizza, why would I want to add more protein? I’d rather eat it in all of it’s fatty glory and then uncomfortably roll around in elastic-waistband pants for a few hours. Know what I mean?
I know, I know, pepperoni isn’t really a protein per say. Just let me pretend. Like how I pretend bacon is a protein. Every day.
My husband loves pepperoni, and he loved it in this dip.
It was excellent, and tasted very pizza-like. It was really different and I had never had a dip like it before.
Which does surprise me, because sometimes when I try on clothes, I think I must have eaten a lot of dip. Or that funny, sparkly, magic clothes-shrinking fairy paid me a visit. Darn it.
See? Just like real pizza. Even with the pepperoni grease on top!
Don’t fret. Just lick if off the plate like someone did dab it with a napkin. Like real pizza. :)
- 2-8oz blocks of cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese
- 3/4 cup chopped pepperoni
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
Preheat oven to 375.
Mix cream cheese, italian seasoning, 1/4 cup pepperoni, and 1 cup mozzarella cheese together. Spread in a baking dish.
Layer remaining pepperoni on top, followed by pizza sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese.
Bake at 375 for 20 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is melted.
Serve with crackers, chips, and bread.
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