It is almost Superbowl and I wanted to get a quick and very simple dip posted that is so perfect for entertaining and especially football.
This pizza dip is creamy and spicy and cheesy and salty and basically everything you want in game day food. You can make this ahead of time and pop in the oven for about 20 minutes and the house will smell amazing. I can pretty much guarantee this gets devoured right out of the oven too. It is pretty hard to resist.
Ready for this yummy pizza dip? Let’s go:
- 8oz cream cheese (softened)
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- ½ cup shredded parmesan
- 1 cup pizza sauce (I prefer Newman's Own or find a delicious homemade red sauce here)
- 1 teaspoon oregano (dried or finely chopped)
- 1 teaspoon Italian herbs (or finely chopped basil and parsley)
- Olives, pepperoni, grape tomatoes (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place cream cheese and herbs into the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until light and creamy
- Add approximately half the mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese and mix well to incorporate.
- Transfer mixture to the bottom of a pie dish or oven safe baking dish, spreading evenly.
- Pour 1 cup of pizza sauce or tomato sauce over the cream cheese mixture.
- Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and add any additional toppings such as olives, pepperoni, veggies, sausage etc... and more herbs or crushed red pepper and salt and pepper to taste.
- Bake for about 20-25 minutes until cheese starts to brown and bubble.
- **I love blistered tomatoes on top. To make these, slice grape tomatoes in half, place on a parchment lined baking sheet, drizzle a tiny amount of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for about 30-40 min until they are blistered and ready to burst.
I love blistered tomatoes on top, a little salty pepperoni, olives etc… I also like really well seasoned pizza so I typically add more herbs on top before baking.
You can definitely add more cheese on top before baking if you prefer but I find too much cheese makes it hard to dip into this dish.
I like to serve with toasted crostini or a larger, salty cracker (like Ritz) or even chips such as Fritos.
You can dip directly into the dish but I prefer to include a spoon for people to scoop up the pizza dip and top their cracker or crostini. Another option would be to bake the dip in individual ramekins for people to grab and walk around with instead.
Yum, yum, yum, yum!
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