Cheesy Pizza Dip

This week at work, we had a pitch-in. Even as I write the word, I can’t keep my eyes from rolling. I love the idea of pitch-ins. Everyone getting together to celebrate a teammate’s accomplishment or birthday and spreading the work among the team members. It’s a beautiful concept. In theory. In actuality, they are stressful. Or, at least I find them to be stressful. The extra planning and remembering are too much for my already overpacked brain. Of course, when it’s all said and done, I’m glad that we do them and always enjoy the extra time spent talking to my coworkers in a space that isn’t about work. It’s a pitch-in conundrum.
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This particular pitch-in was pizza-themed, which quickly translated in my brain as time consuming. Pizzas take a long time to cook. I was excited to find a recipe for pizza dip on Averie Cooks that proclaimed itself to be easy and only used five ingredients. Perfect. A fellow coworker also found this to be a perfect idea (although I don’t know if they used Averie’s site or not), and we ended up bringing the same dish. We decided to use only the one, and she suggested I use the other for my girls’ dinner. Ha! I thought. What kind of mom would I be if I served pizza dip for dinner? But, guess what? Pizza dip it was for dinner, and it was delicious for the second time that day.

Cheesy Pizza Dip

Cheesy Pizza Dip

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Soften the cream cheese. You can do this by removing it from the refrigerator early or microwaving it for about 15-20 seconds. You don't want the cream cheese to melt or become too soft. It just needs to be easily spreadable.
  2. Spread the cream cheese on the bottom of your baking dish. I used a pie dish, which worked nicely, but you could also use a small 8x8 baking dish.
  3. Top the cream cheese with a layer of pizza sauce.
  4. Add a layer of half of the mozzarella cheese and sprinkle a layer of Parmesan cheese on top.
  5. Add another layer of pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Top with pepperoni and cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees. You will notice that the dip will begin to bubble. That's a good indication that it's done.
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Pizza Dip pre bake

Notes: I found that using the whole jar of pizza sauce was too much. My preferences are for more of a cheesy taste, so if that is you too, I suggest only using 3/4 of the pizza sauce jar.




This dip would also be great with other classic pizza toppings accompanying the pepperoni up top. I’m thinking about making this dip for the Superbowl and will definitely be adding jalapenos to the top.