Pepperoni Pizza Dip
Easy Pepperoni Pizza Dip recipe! Who wants a little cheese at their next tailgating party?
So, can I be totally honest with you guys? Sometimes, I’m guilty of making dip for dinner.
Like, this queso dip…yep it was dinner one night.
Today’s pizza dip recipe was no exception! But think about it. Cheese, pepperoni, bread, pizza sauce. It seriously covers all the basic food groups, right?
Anyways, I remember the first time I saw this dip. It was the year I graduated nursing school (1996) and I was in orientation on a medical-surgical hospital floor. As was customary back then, weekends in the nurses lounge were like a big potluck. Sometimes it was an organized food fest, with a theme. But most of the time the nurses randomly brought food to share with each other. There was always a big tin of candy and cookies from patients and doctors as well.
But back to this dip. I remember this dip so clearly because while I was in orientation, I was also pregnant with my first child. I was so sick with morning sickness. I had to avoid everything with red sauce, just the thought of red sauce made me nauseous.
So when I saw this dip in the back room, I was saddened that I couldn’t try it. My friend gave me the recipe though, and as soon as my son was delivered, this dip was all I could think about. And it became a staple at many birthday parties, BBQ’s and get togethers with my family for years!
But there was a difference. It wasn’t made with pepperoni. I first tried (and made) this dip using chopped green peppers and onion on top. Which, my friends, is a delicious way to eat this dip (with or without the pepperoni)!
Here in Ohio, for whatever reason, Pepperoni Pizza rolls are a big thing (maybe they are a big thing everywhere and I never noticed??). So I turned everyone’s favorite pizza roll into a dip. I thought I was so clever and smart.
And then I went on Pinterest and realized…I’m not so creative, this has been done a million times before. Hahaha!!!
But, it hasn’t been done with MY story. So think of me next time you eat this dip. Unless that’s weird for you. Cause it’s kinda weird for me!
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Pepperoni Pizza Dip
Yield: serves 10-12
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:5 minutes
- 8oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning, divided
- 1 tsp oregano, divided
- 1 can (14oz) pizza sauce
- 8oz (2cup) shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 grated parmesan cheese
- 16 pepperoni slices
- pinch crushed red pepper
- In a microwave safe 9inch pie plate, spread softened cream cheese evenly to cover the bottom of dish. Sprinkle with 1 tsp Italian seasoning and 1/2 tsp oregano. Top with pizza sauce. Sprinkle the cheeses over the sauce and top with the pepperoni. Add the remaining Italian seasoning, oregano and crushed red pepper by sprinkling it over the top.
- Cover pie plate with plastic wrap and microwave for 4-6 minutes, time will vary depending on microwave. Dip is done when cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Serve with crusty french bread or crackers. ENJOY.
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