The first time I had pizza dip was right after I graduated from college and moved to DC. My roommate and I went to a friend’s house to watch a Wake Forest football game with some other recent grads (go Deacs!) and there was a big bowl of pizza dip sitting on the table. I was a little skeptical before I tried it – I figured it would just be okay, nothing special. And then I couldn’t stop myself from sneaking bites all. night. long. It was just so good.
I have not had pizza dip ever since. I try to avoid eating large amounts of melted cheese on a regular basis, because, you know, that would require even more gym time than normal. But with the start of football season, I decided to try out this recipe as a game-time snack. And it was just as good as I remembered. It’s hard not to love ooey gooey melted cheese combined with some of your favorite pizza toppings. While I served this with slices of toasted bread, it would be just as good with chips (if I remember correctly my friend served it with Fritos?).
This will definitely be an occasional treat in our house, considering we polished it off in no time. Good thing I did work out that day…
Yield: about 12 to 14 servings
Recipe for homemade pizza dip. With plenty of cheese and your favorite pizza toppings, this appetizer is perfect for parties and football season!
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- ⅓ cup ricotta cheese
- ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- ½ cup pepperoni slices, cut in half
- ¼ cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl, add the cream cheese, ricotta, garlic, oregano, parsley, salt and pepper. Mix until combined and set aside.
- Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the peppers and onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender (about 5 to 7 minutes). Remove from the heat and set aside.
- To assemble, spread the cream cheese mixture evenly in the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella and parmesan cheese over the mixture. Next, spread the pizza sauce evenly over the cheese. Top with the remaining half of both the mozzarella and parmesan. To finish, sprinkle with the cooked peppers and onions and the pepperoni.
- Bake for about 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and the top is golden and bubbly. Garnish with the basil. Serve warm with toasted bread, chips, crackers, etc.
Adapted from Allrecipes.