Layered Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Layered Pepperoni Pizza Dip Recipe - a cheesy dip with artichokes, black olives, cream cheese, mozzarella, and basil that tastes just like a pepperoni pizza! The most delicious light appetizer!

We have this one dip recipe in my family–a Mexican cheese dip that’s such a favorite that we make for just about every party. It wouldn’t matter if we were serving lasagna or glazed ham; we’re making this dip. Aren’t we considerate?

Layered Pepperoni Pizza Dip Recipe - a cheesy dip with artichokes, black olives, cream cheese, mozzarella, and basil that tastes just like a pepperoni pizza! The most delicious light appetizer!

The recipe couldn’t be simpler…or richer: Mix 1 8-ounce block of cream cheese, 1 12-ounce bag of shredded cheddar cheese, and 1 small jar of salsa in a microwave safe bowl; microwave on high, stirring halfway, until melted, about 4 minutes. Stir and serve with tortilla chips. It’s a 5-minute cheesy miracle, obviously, but it’s not the lightest appetizer.

Now, I knew I couldn’t mess with tradition–at least not beloved recipes with only 3 ingredients that will probably be engraved on my my family crypt–so I decided to try making a new hot and cheesy dip. I wanted it to taste rich without breaking the bank calorie-wise.

So…pizza dip! Layered pepperoni pizza dip–cheesy and gooey and hot from the oven. It has all the Italian flavor of pizza: from the cheese to the sauce to the toppings. The bottom layer is cream cheese, seasoned with oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper. On top of that is a half cup of your favorite tomato sauce, then fresh scallions, basil, artichoke hearts, and olives. You finish the layering with shredded mozzarella and pepperoni, then bake until the dip is melted and gooey.

Layered Pepperoni Pizza Dip Recipe - a cheesy dip with artichokes, black olives, cream cheese, mozzarella, and basil that tastes just like a pepperoni pizza! The most delicious light appetizer!

It’s a dippable pizza, friends! Grab your pita chips and dig in.

Layered Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Makes: 8-12 Servings

Calories per serving: 89

Fat per serving: 6g

Layered Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Ingredients

  • 8-ounce package ⅓ less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup your favorite tomato sauce
  • ½ cup finely chopped scallions
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup canned artichoke hearts, packed in water, drained and chopped
  • ¼ cup sliced black olives
  • 12 slices turkey pepperoni

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir the cream cheese, ½ cup of the mozzarella, the oregano, garlic powder, and pepper. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the bottom of the prepared pie plate. Spread the tomato sauce over the cheese layer. Layer the scallions, basil, artichokes, and olives evenly over the sauce. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella over the top then arrange the pepperoni over the cheese.
  3. Bake until the cheese is melted and the dip is warm throughout, 18 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with additional fresh basil and serve hot with baked pita chips for dipping.

Nutrition Information & Notes:

Nutrition Information for 1/12 of Recipe: Calories 89.2, Total Fat 6.1g, Sat Fat 3.7g, Carb 3.7g, Fiber 0.7g, Sugars 1.3g, Protein 4.7g

Nutrition Information for 1/8 of Recipe: Calories 133.9, Total Fat 9.2g, Sat Fat 5.6g, Carb 5.6g, Fiber 1g, Sugars 1.9g, Protein 7.1g

Two fabulous recipe inspirations: Averie Cooks and A Spicy Perspective

http://www.andiemitchell.com/layered-pepperoni-pizza-dip-recipe/

Photography by Ashley McLaughlin Photography

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5 thoughts on “Layered Pepperoni Pizza Dip

  1. Shauna

    Haha my family makes the same Mexican dip – only we call it Pig Dip (um, because of what we all turn into every time it’s served). Will testing the pepperoni dip out on them at Easter – no matter what else I’ll be serving!!

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  2. Caitlin

    We make the same Mexican dip every party, too — only we call it “Erin Dip” since my sister-in-law is the one who introduced us to it! It’s good with regular salsa, but if you REALLY want the “wow” factor, use pineapple salsa instead (we usually use the Newman’s Own). Alternatively, you can drain a can of crushed pineapple, then layer it over the salsa before adding the shredded cheese. AMAZING!

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  3. Kristina

    Oh my gosh, I’m literally drooling just looking at this! Need to throw a party soon just so I can make this…it’s okay to throw a party just for yourself because it’s Thursday, right?!

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