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Pizza Dip – The Ultimate Party Pleasing Recipe
Every single day I hear someone complain about the holidays. It’s too busy. It’s commercialized. It costs too much money and on top of the gifts, I have a grocery list that stretches from New Jersey to Maryland and back.
I get that.
The holidays are hectic. My daughter’s birthday is right after Christmas, so things get a little crazier during the week between Christmas and New Years.
Life is busy, so don’t waste all your time in the kitchen! Unless of course you love to cook. In that case, can I come for dinner?
Today I’d like to share a recipe that takes all of about two minutes to prepare. You can keep the ingredients on hand and whip it up whenever you have unexpected guests or your kids invite half their class over without telling you. No problem. This pizza dip has your back.
My daughter’s friend’s mom loves to throw parties and she always makes this pizza dip. I had to copy her. It is that good!
It’s convenient that this dish can be whipped up with items from your frozen and refrigerated sections of the grocery store. Frozen is a good alternative, because it’s quick, easy, and the food are frozen fresh. It’s real food, frozen. It’s also the best and most nutritious way to preserve food. I don’t know about you, but I prefer frozen veggies over canned any day of the week. I like the fresh flavor of frozen vegetables and appreciate that they aren’t soggy and limp.
Don’t even get me started on frozen waffles. I’m like a kid.
For me, the dairy aisle is my favorite section of the grocery store. Dairy is my true love. I don’t know how I’d live without yogurt, half-and-half, and cheese (of every kind). I’m pretty much convinced cheese is the building block of every good meal. Begin with the cheese and the other ingredients will follow.
Nerd Alert: Did you know that the freezer section has over 3,700+ plus delicious foods, fruits and vegetables? Let me know if you decide to count them all.
- Cream Cheese
- Pepperoni (preferably chopped)
- Italian Seasonings
- Pizza Sauce
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Optional Ingredients: Black Olives, Onions, Fresh Garlic
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Mix the softened cream cheese with a blend of Italian seasonings (oregano, basil, parsley, garlic, etc) and line the bottom of a 8 or 9 inch pan with this cream cheese mixture.
If you have any hesitation about using cream cheese, please do not. When it cooks, it’s ten kinds of fabulous.
Layer your pepperoni on top of the cream cheese, and also add any other toppings you choose to use. Pour a jar of pizza sauce on top and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Pop it in the oven for about 20 – 25 minutes. You want it all nice and bubbly.
Take your pizza dip out of the oven and let it stand. Get out your frozen garlic bread and cook it according to the directions on the package. When your bread is cooked, cut them up into crouton size pieces or long, thin sticks for dipping.
Serve and watch everyone go nuts.
TIP: Muffin wrappers make great little serving bowls. Use them to pre-portion food. They look so cute when set out on a party platter.
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