Pepperoni Pizza Dip with Cream Cheese

Background and History:

Pepperoni pizza is a beloved classic, and this dip takes all the delicious flavors of pizza and transforms them into a crowd-pleasing appetizer. It’s perfect for parties, game days, or a cozy night in. The dish is believed to have originated in the United States, inspired by the timeless combination of pizza ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz (226g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (240ml) pizza sauce
  • 1 cup (120g) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup (60g) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup (60g) sliced pepperoni
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish
  • Sliced baguette, breadsticks, or tortilla chips for dipping

Serves: 6-8

Time: 35 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, half of the shredded mozzarella, half of the grated Parmesan, oregano, and garlic powder. Mix until well combined.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly in the bottom of an oven-safe dish.
  • Pour the pizza sauce over the cream cheese layer and spread it out to the edges.
  • Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses over the sauce.
  • Arrange the pepperoni slices on top of the cheese.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until the dip is bubbly and the cheese is golden and melted.
  • Garnish with fresh basil leaves before serving.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 280
  • Protein: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fat: 23g
  • Fiber: 1g

Notes

  • Customize your dip with your favorite pizza toppings, such as bell peppers, olives, or onions.
  • Adjust the cooking time as needed to achieve your desired level of golden, bubbly goodness.

Allergy Warning

  • This dish contains dairy (cream cheese, mozzarella, Parmesan) and wheat (baguette or breadsticks). Be cautious if you have allergies to these ingredients.
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