Perfect for dipping leftover crusts into or serving with chips, pizza dip is a must for parties and get-togethers. With all of the great flavor of a perfect pizza, this dipping sauce is great for any occasion.
Why not try making Pepperoni Bread to pair with your Pizza Dip? Or make your own Parmesan Crisps to really bring out the flavors in your pizza dip!
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We all go through cravings for pizza, but not all of us can really be bothered with all of the clean up and incredible effort it takes to make the dough and everything.
Instead of making dough and dealing with all of that work, why not try making this simple and tasty pizza dip instead?
It basically has all of the flavors of pizza, but without the dough or any of the immense amount of cleaning up to do afterwards!
How To Reheat Leftover Pizza Dip
For most people, anything even vaguely related to pizza needs to be piping hot to enjoy it properly.
However, this dip is actually best enjoyed when it is only slightly warm, as you don’t want any excess heat affecting the flavor or burning the roof of your mouth!
If you d want to enjoy it heated up the next day, however, it is super easy to warm it up.
Just throw it in a saucepan with the burner set to low for a few minutes until you start to see the surface shimmering with heat, and it looks like it might start to boil.
Give it a little bit of extra seasoning to help brighten it up a bit, and then you can enjoy it just as if you made it fresh!
Could You Use Other Types Of Cheese For This Dip?
This recipe uses traditional pizza cheeses to recreate the same feel and taste that you would expect from a fresh slice of pizza just out of the oven. However, there is no reason why you can’t have a little fun with this recipe and experiment with different types of cheese.
Goat cheese is one option that works well in place of cheddar and is often used as a pizza topping in fancy restaurants. Goats cheese will also work especially well if you add caramelized onions to your dip, recreating a classic vegetarian favorite.
Alternatives To Pepperoni
Pepperoni is a classic pizza topping and one that everyone loves. However, it is sometimes nice to vary up your toppings and try something different. Your pizza dip is no different; while pepperoni is a must-have the first time you make this dip, what other pizza toppings can you try in future dips?
- Mushrooms and Sausage
This is another pizza classic, and if you are someone who enjoys the combination of mushroom on sausage on a real pizza, you will love it in this dip.
You can use any type of sausage that you like, although Italian sausage works best on a pizza. Crumble the cooked sausage up just like you would on a pizza and use it in place of pepperoni.
For the mushrooms, cut them into small pieces and fry them in a little butter until any water is evaporated before adding them to your dip to get rid of any excess water.
2. Caramelized Onions
Caramelized onions are a great alternative to pepperoni, especially if you want to make your pizza dip suitable for vegetarians. The onions add sweetness and depth of flavor to your dip, pairing perfectly with a salty carb like homemade Parmesan crisps.
Slice a whole onion and caramelize it in the same way that you would when making onions as a burger topping. Once your onions are completely caramelized and deliciously sweet, they are ready to be added to your dip in place of pepperoni.
3. Shredded Chicken
Shredded chicken and peppers are another popular pizza topping and can also be used as an alternative to pepperoni in your dip. It is also a great way to use any chicken you might have leftover from roasts or other dishes.
If you don’t happen to have any leftover cooked chicken on hand, you can use precooked, cold chicken from the supermarket instead!
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- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- Cook Time
- 25 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- One 8 ounce package cream cheese (room temp)
- ¼ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 ½ cup mozzarella cheese (Divided & shredded)
- 1/2 cup old cheddar cheese (shredded)
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
- 1 Tablespoons green bell pepper (diced fine)
- 1 Tablespoon red bell pepper (diced fine)
- ¼ cup pepperoni sliced thin (small ones are best)
- Preheat your oven to 350°
- In a medium bowl mix the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella, oregano, parsley, and basil well until combined.
- Spread the cheese mixture into the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish.
- Spread the pizza sauce to the top of the cheese.
- Sprinkle the remaining cheeses on top
- Sprinkle the diced green and red pepper on top, and add the slices of pepperoni
- Bake 20-25 minutes until the cheese is lightly browned and bubbly on top.
- Let it cool for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with tortilla chips or a sliced baguette.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.
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