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?
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.
It’s a dippable pizza, friends! Grab your pita chips and dig in.
Photography by Ashley McLaughlin Photography