Iron Chef Challenge: Pizza Dip

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Feel like pizza but don’t feel like takeout? This Pizza Dip is a great appetizer that can be customized with “topping” of your choice. Serve it with bread, crackers or chips.

This weekend a couple of my college gal pals and their daughters came over for a fun girls weekend.

We did some scrapbooking, took in a movie (Tangled in 3D, it was a great show), laughed until we hurt, and, of course, had a little something to eat and drink.

I took this opportunity to prepare my entry into Ott, A’s Iron Chef Challenge: Canned Tomatoes.

Jane, from Going Jane, just happened to have some cookbooks in her car – doesn’t everyone travel with cookbooks – and had flagged a recipe for Pizza Dip. We decided it would be the perfect dish to snack during an afternoon of scrapbooking.

Pizza Dip

I started out with my ingredients, including a couple of small cans of Red Gold tomato sauce. I didn’t have all the “toppings” so I improvised and left a few out. This dip is like pizza – your choice of toppings. The recipe called for pizza sauce but I used the tomato sauce and Italian Seasoning and made my own.

I also cut up some pepperoni. Next, spread the cream cheese into the bottom of my Pampered Chef round baking dish, but you can use a 9-inch pie plate too. Then I poured the sauce on top of the cream cheese and added the pepperoni. I decided to up the tomato factor by adding some Red Gold Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano.

Then I covered it in cheese – a mix of mozzarella and Parmesan – and put it into the oven.

While it was baking, I cut up part of a loaf of French bread and spread them on my Pampered Chef pizza stone. I wanted to jazz up the bread a bit so I brushed on some EVOO (olive oil) and sprinkled some Italian Seasoning on top. Then I cranked up the broiler and put them in the oven with the pizza dip.

It was a hit judging by the three batches of bread I had to fix!

How to Make Pizza Dip

Spread cream cheese pie plate and then spread pizza sauce on top. Sprinkle diced tomatoes, bell pepper, pepperoni, and olives over sauce. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake for 10 or 12 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve warm with corn chips or French bread or whatever you want!

Pizza Dip

Feel like pizza but don't feel like takeout? This Pizza Dip is a great appetizer that can be customized with "topping" of your choice. Serve it with bread, crackers or chips.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pizza dip
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 14 oz. pizza sauce or tomato sauce (add your own seasoning
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper diced
  • 14.5 oz. diced tomatoes drained
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni chopped
  • 2 1/4 oz sliced olives optional
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 green onions chopped

Instructions

  • Spread cream cheese in bottom of a 9-inch pie plate; spread pizza sauce over cream cheese.

  • Sprinkle diced tomatoes, bell pepper, pepperoni, and olives over sauce.

  • Top with mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 or 12 minutes or until cheese melts.
  • Serve warm with corn chips or French bread or whatever you want!

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