Monday, April 25, 2011

Pizza Dip

Hot Pizza Dip is the perfect dish to bring to a Super Bowl party—it’s easy to make, a fantastic crowd-pleaser, and can be assembled beforehand and then just popped in the oven for about 10 minutes before serving.

Hot Pizza Dip

Recipe adapted from

6 ounces light cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup light sour cream
2 teaspoons oregano
3/4 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/4 cup sliced scallions
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup black olives, sliced
1/4 cup chopped pepperoni stick, optional
1 cup shredded skim mozzarella
Tortilla chips, for serving

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, and oregano; stir until thoroughly combined. Spread evenly into a 9-inch pie pan or similar baking pan. Spread the pizza sauce on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan, then the rest of your toppings: scallions, red bell pepper, black olives, and pepperoni, if using (I leave this out when I know vegetarians will be around). Top with the shredded mozzarella and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.

Alternatively, you can assemble the dip a day ahead, then cover with foil and refrigerate until ready to heat and eat. Add a few minutes to the baking time for the cheese to melt.

This dip is great because it’s so versatile (well, and also because it's covered in warm, gooey, melted cheese). You can play around with your favorite pizza toppings (sliced mushrooms, crumbled cooked sausage, fresh basil, etc) and adjust the flavors as you wish. This would also be delicious served with Triscuits or toasted baguette slices.