Monday, February 2, 2015

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

This recipe may seem a day late and a dollar short for SuperBowl time, but I'm a firm believer that it's always a good time for dip.  While I had planned to try a recipe I found online, I ended up going a little rogue and the results were just too good not to share.  

Topped with a golden layer of bubbly mozzarella with a surprising creaminess from the cream cheese, this dip really is a game changer (pun!).  

 The best part is this can easily be made in advance, or even assembled by the kids, and topped with any of your favorite pizza toppings.  Get crazy - go team! 

* 8 oz cream cheese, softened
3 c. mozzarella cheese
* 10 pepperoni, quartered
* 1 c. pizza sauce
* 2 tbsp. parmesan cheese
*1/2 tsp. parsley flakes
*1/2 tsp. basil flakes
*toasted garlic bread, for serving*

Preheat the oven to 350.  To prepare the dip, spread the cream cheese in an even layer on the bottom of a pie pan or small casserole dish.  Top the cream cheese with half of the parsley and basil, then create layers with half each of the sauce, parmesan, and mozzarella.  Create another layer with remaining sauce, topped with mozzarella, parmesan, herbs, and pepperonis.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until brown and bubbly. 

For the garlic bread, I used sliced sandwich rolls, drizzled lightly with olive oil and garlic powder, then baked at 400 for 8 minutes, or until lightly toasted. 

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