Any pizza-related recipe is popular around here…Amazing Diner just loves it to pieces, especially when it is topped with pepperoni. I ran into this recipe for Pizza Dip from the amazing blog Sweet Basil (love, love, love her blog!) and put it on my “to try” list which is impossibly long, but oh-so-fun to refer to.
We followed her instructions, serving it up with Stacy's Pita Chips. They were the perfect accompaniment to the dip, which baked up nice and bubbly with lots of melted cheese. The cream cheese and sour cream on the bottom add a nice creaminess to the dip, but are seasoned well so that layer has a great richness on its own. Then the creamy layer is topped with all the pizza toppings: sauce, cheese, pepperoni, & Italian seasonings.
Let me just tell you: when you dip a pita chip into this marvelous melted creation, the flavors are even better than the pizza inspiration! I’d love to try some other pizza topping variations to see if they work as well as this one. Definitely put this on your “to try” list and if you’re having friends over, this would be a fantastic & easy starter for dinner, a great game night snack, etc., etc. You don’t even need a reason….just go try it!
Pizza Dip from Sweet Basil
1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
pinch of salt
1/4 c. fresh parmesan cheese, grated, plus 1 T. more for the top
1/2 c. pizza sauce
3/4 c. mozzarella cheese, grated
1 3.5 oz. pkg. pepperoni, chopped
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
pita chips for serving
- In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until soft and creamy. Add the sour cream, garlic powder, salt, and parmesan cheese. Stir everything together and place in an 8x8 inch baking dish.
- Spread the pizza sauce over the top and sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese. Cover the entire dip with the pepperoni and then lightly sprinkle the Italian seasoning and extra parmesan cheese over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min or until bubbly.
- Serve immediately with pita chips.
Average Fork Rating: 4.3
Mrs. Diner: 4
Amazing Diner: 5
Sweet Diner: 4