Thursday, January 29

MAKE IT: Pizza Dip

Take you favorite pizza toppings, turn them into a dip, and you get my newest guilty pleasure the pizza dip. I love the versatility of this dish, by changing a few ingredients you can have a whole new dip! Serve with tortilla chips, bread cubes, or bagel slices!

Full time 25 minutes
Serves 8-10

The needs-

For base recipe:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup pizza sauce or plain tomato sauce
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried basil

For pepperoni lovers:
1/2 cup thin slice pepperoni halves

For veggie lovers:
1/4 cup sliced black olives, drained
1/4 cup green bell peppers, diced small
1/4 cup precooked mushrooms, cooled

For meat lovers:
1/4 cup ground precooked sausage
1/4 cup thin sliced pepperoni halves
1/4 cup precooked meatballs, chopped

Or choose your own toppings! For a one topping pizza use 1/2 cup for all others use a total of 3/4 cup toppings. Be creative eggplant, pineapple, broccoli, anything goes!

The know-
(Note: photos are of pepperoni lovers)

Preheat oven to 350'.

In a small bowl combine cream cheese with oregano, parsley, and basil. Working until smooth and even in texture.

Spread cream cheese mixture on bottom of a baking dish,

Top cream cheese with 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.

Gently pour in pizza sauce, trying not to move cheese too much.

Top sauce with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.

Top with pizza topping of you choice.

Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes or until nice and bubbly.

Carefully remove to a heat resistant surface, serve immediately.