Pizza Dip

One of my favorite weeks of the year (aside from the week before Christmas) is the week before the Super Bowl. At no other point in time is it possible to find so many amazing appetizer and dip recipes. And as I’ve shared before, right behind my love of desserts comes my love of appetizers, specifically dips. It is totally doable for me to skip a main course entirely and make a meal out of an appetizer (or two) and a dessert. Which naturally means that on a day like Super Bowl Sunday I am in a state of food nirvana. I love the excuse to try out new recipes and declare new favorites. This pizza dip is super simple and combines all of the crave-worthy flavors of a pizza without the need to toss dough, preheat a pizza stone, or bust out the pizza peel. An awesome compromise for the sake of dip.

Bust out your pie plate and slather the bottom with a layer of cream cheese, and top that cream cheese with shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Then add a layer of your favorite pizza sauce, top with more shredded cheese, and then finish it off with your favorite pizza toppings. I am definitely a purist when it comes to pizza – I am a pepperoni pizza girl pretty much 100% of the time, but I do love the combination of pepperoni, black olives and green pepper for a variety of flavors here. Feel free to switch it up though, whatever you like – mushrooms, sausage, bacon, veggies – possibilities are endless!

You could certainly serve this with other things, but I really like very lightly toasted baguette slices. They hold up well to the sauce and melted cheese, and they mimic a crust beautifully.

Happy pizza dipping, everyone! What would your ideal toppings be?

One year ago: Buffalo Chicken Dip
Two years ago: French Onion Soup

Pizza Dip

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
1 cup pizza sauce
2 ounces sliced pepperoni
2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
2 tablespoons sliced black olives


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Spread the cream cheese over the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate. Top with ½ cup of the shredded mozzarella and ½ cup of the Parmesan cheese.

3. Spread the pizza sauce on top of the cheeses, and then top with the remaining ½ cup of mozzarella cheese and ½ cup of Parmesan cheese.

4. Top with pepperoni slices, chopped green pepper and sliced black olives.

5. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 20 minutes. Serve with toasted baguette slices.


39 Responses to “Pizza Dip”

  1. Jessica on February 1, 2012 at 12:53 am

    You seriously know the way to my heart! This would be perfect for superbowl…or any other day of the week. 😀


  2. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on February 1, 2012 at 1:45 am

    I’ve seen pizza dip on another blog recently because there’s a pizza dip recipe floating around Pinterest I see quite a bit and it looks….sooooo good! Yours, that one, all of it. Gimme!!!


  3. Kiri W. on February 1, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Oooh, that looks awesome! I’ve never heard of pizza dip, but I think I want a bowl. Now.


  4. Tabitha (From Single to Married) on February 1, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I’ve never seen this before – it looks awesome and like such a fun party dish!


  5. Katrina on February 1, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Mmm what a heavenly dip!


  6. Sandra on February 1, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Winter is like a landmine of calories in my house. The holidays, 6 birthdays, Valentines Day and Fat Tuesday. Typically I try to by-pass all the Super Bowl hupla; until I seen this. Wow!!!


  7. Sherri on February 1, 2012 at 8:11 am

    My mouth is watering! Just give me a spoon! However—I think you meant to use 2 Tablespoons of slices Black Olives instead of Black Pepper?? Ha!


    • Michelle on February 1st, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Gah, you are right! Not sure how I missed that! I made the correction above, thank you for catching it!


  8. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes on February 1, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I’m with you on being a dip-aholic!! I could live on them!


  9. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on February 1, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Oh yum! I think I am going to make this for dinner tonight! It looks amazing! My HUsband and step-daughter will love it!! I never cared for the week before the SUper Bowl, it was just an oridnary day till I started blogging! Now I just love all of these fun recipes!!!


  10. Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks on February 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

    You had me at pizza! This looks great!


  11. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on February 1, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Oh my deliciousness! I love that you added black olives (one of my favorite things in the world). This looks amazing for the Superbowl!


  12. Eileen on February 1, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Oh my goodness! I’ve just added this to my list of favorites…


  13. Sara @ Saucy Dipper on February 1, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I made this dip for last year’s Super Bowl party and it was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Seriously. It’s one of my favorites.


  14. Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats on February 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Wow. I’m making this stat. I could probably eat the entire dish.


  15. Heather @ Kids in the Sink on February 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    This looks like basically eating a bowl of melty cheese with some sauce and pepperoni thrown on top to make it look like you’re not just eaing a bowl of melty cheese. And I am SO ok with that. Yum!


  16. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on February 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Oh, my girlfriends and I made this dip for a get together last month. It was SO SO good! I couldn’t stop eating it! It is definitely one of my favorite dips ever!


  17. tina @ mylifeasamrs on February 1, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Oh. my. word. Looks amazing! PS- Thrilled to see you’ll be at FBF Orlando!


  18. Priyanka on February 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Amazing just drooling over….Great dip recipe 🙂


  19. megan on February 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    That looks and sounds absolutely delish! I love margherita pizza but something tells me spinach and balls of fresh mozzarella wouldn’t exactly hold up in dip form 😉 Love the pepperoni and olive combo though!


  20. Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen on February 1, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Yum! This looks awesome! I might try mini bagels or soft pretzels for dipping, but the baguette looks good too!


  21. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh on February 1, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I just found your blog and am so glad I did! I can’t wait to try this and I’m also going to pass it along to my mom who entertains her scrappin’ ladies every other week!


  22. Tamara on February 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    This is basically the same as the Pampered Chef recipe I learned years ago when I sold product briefly. Try adding a teaspoon of Italian seasoning in the cream cheese layer…super yummy! 🙂


  23. Living The Sweet Life on February 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    ohhh how I just want to dig into that cheesy-goodness!! Fab-u-lous recipe 🙂


  24. Kevin (Closet Cooking) on February 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Pizza dip is the best!


  25. Tracey on February 1, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Another great dip idea! I’d probably throw mushrooms and onions on mine, but I do love pepperoni too so maybe all 3? 🙂


  26. Steve @ the black peppercorn on February 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    oh wow. This would be so incredible right out of the oven! I am dying here. Must Make some!!!!


  27. Marty on February 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    On bread slices, on zucchini slices, on pita chips, on anything, this is a perfect appetizer. Especially for the boys 🙂


  28. Liam @ "Is butter a carb?" on February 2, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes… YES!

    I want it so badly. Great idea and great post! 🙂


  29. Amber, RD on February 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I’m drooling here! That looks so good! I could eat pizza every day (and I do eat it at least once a week!) and having it as a dip sounds amazing. I think your toppings sound pretty good. I would add some red onion, and half mushroom for me, no mushrooms for the hubby!


  30. claire @ the realistic nutritionist on February 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I just died and went to heaven. Holy cow, this looks AMAZING!!!


  31. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel on February 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I’m loving the melty cheese and pepperoni, very enticing! I’m a pepperoni girl too but I love bacon on occasion.


  32. Kathy on February 3, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Looks so good!
    Did you use Parm out of the can or shredded?


    • Michelle on February 3rd, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks Kathy! Actually, neither. I used fresh grated Parmesan, which is sold in the cheese department of my local grocery store.


  33. Lacy @ NYCityEats on February 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Oh man this pizza dip looks incredible! I love the pic of it flowing over the side of the slice of bread. Mmmm, totally into the pepperoni pizza deal, love the recipe!


  34. Kate on February 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing!! I am trying this right now for super bowl and hope that it comes out as great as your looks!


  35. baobabs on February 7, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    this is such a fab idea!!! especially so for those who have difficulty making pizza dough (like myself). this looks amazing, i could almost smell it from my screen!!!


  36. RisaG on February 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I’ve made Pizza Dip before. It always goes over well. This looks so good with the pieces of pepperoni on top.


  37. misty on July 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    omg I’ve been scouring the web for recipes for my finances b day party and this looks incredible!!!


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