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?
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.