Saturday, January 7, 2012

A Pinterest Pin: Pizza Dip

The vote goes to fantastic!

Last night I tried a recipe I found on Pinterest for Pizza Dip.  Scroll to the bottom or click here to get the recipe.  Yes, I have overcome my Pinterest fears and become a frequent pinner.  When I saw it had a cream cheese base I knew it had to be good.  Have you ever eaten anything with cream cheese in it that wasn't good?  I love cream cheese, it's as important to me as butter is to Paula Deen.

I bought the large pepperoni from the deli and cut it into smaller pieces rather than the small pizza pepperoni... in the bag... on the shelf... that doesn't require refrigeration...because it's been preserved.  Am I the only one that cringes at the thought of how many preservatives are necessary to make that possible?

The only other adjustment I made to the recipe was to use onion flakes rather than chopped onion.  No one in my house really cares much for onion, and to be honest I hate cutting them up, so I'm a big fan of onion flakes.  They add some flavor with just the shake of a hand.

On a side note, isn't this pie plate cute?  I was so excited to find this on a flea marketing trip with my friend M.  Flea markets are one of our three favorite past times, the other two being yard sales and auctions.  That's one of the telling signs of a frugal person, that's frugal not cheap (click here to read the difference). The more junk inventory there is to dig sort through the happier we are.

The original blog says to serve this dip with a French baguette.  I served it with a loaf of Garlic Parmesan French bread that I sliced thin and toasted in the oven while the dip was cooking. 

Everyone loved it!  Pizza Dip is definitely a keeper.

Pizza Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp dried basil
1 cup shredded mozzerella cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup pizza sauce
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion, or onion flakes to taste
2 oz sliced pepperoni
2 tbsp sliced black olives

Combine cream cheese and spices in a medium bowl.  Spread cream cheese mixture in a 9 inch pie plate, top with 1/2 cup mozzerella and 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese.  Top with pizza sauce and then sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Add bell pepper, onion, pepperoni, and olives.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until cheeses are fully melted and bubbly.