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Pepperoni Pizza Dip

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Pizza lovers, rejoice!

The cheesy, creamy pepperoni goodness that we all CRAVE has been reinvented. Pepperoni dip is a crowd-favorite appetizer with all the great baked-and-bubbly cheese flavor you get from pizza but without the heavy after-effects of all that crust!

This dip is as adaptable as its predecessor, so whether you’re into meat-lovers or veggie supreme, it will deliver on game days. 

hand holding pita chip and dipping into pepperoni topped pizza dip.

Why you will love this Appetizer Dip

Cheesy Baked Pizza Dip with loads of mini pepperonis is sure to be a hit at your next get-together (think game-night, holiday party, even book club). But Pizza Dip isn’t just the ultimate party appetizer recipe; it’s also perfect for those put-on-your-pjs-and-binge-watch-Netflix nights.

Not only is this Pizza Dip delicious, but it also comes together in just 30 minutes, which is really good considering you’ll want to make it over and over again!

Ingredients

  • Cream cheese: I use any brick-style cream cheese, either original or low-fat, my favorite brand being Philadelphia cream cheese. This must be left out on the counter and softened 15-20 minutes before making for easy mixing.
  • Italian seasoning: if you don’t have Italian seasoning, you can make your own with two parts each dried basil, oregano, and parsley, 1 part each rosemary and red chili flakes, and ½ part garlic powder.
  • Ground black pepper– You may notice that I have not added salt to this recipe next to pepper. The ingredients already contain quite a bit of salt; therefore, adding extra salt to the dish may make it too salty, so resist the urge.
mini pepperonis.
  • Types of CheeseMozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese– Freshly shredded Parmesan is my go-to.
  • Pizza sauce: I prefer Ragu Homemade Style or Rao’s Homemade Pizza Sauce.
  • Mini pepperoni slices: Mini pepperoni is key here because it makes dipping much easier. It is also fine to use spicy or turkey pepperoni if you can find the mini version.
  • Fresh basil: rough chopped
  • Dippers – Of course, you will need something to dip into that pizza dip. We recommend tortilla chips, corn chips, pita chips, or fresh homemade garlic bread

How to make Pepperoni Dip

Recipe Prep: Preheat the oven to 375 and grease a 2-1/2 quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

  1. Before starting, cream cheese should be softened by leaving it on the counter for about 15-20 minutes. This allows for an easier mixing since cream cheese is hardened from the fridge.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 and grease a 2-1/2 quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Mix together cream cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and both kinds of cheese, Parmesan and Mozzarella, in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  4. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
adding cream cheese to a mixing bowl for an appetizer dip mixing.
  1. Add any flavor of your favorite marinara or pizza sauce on top and spread evenly.
  2. Top cream cheese dip with mini pepperoni pieces.
  3. Bake pizza dip for 20 minutes or until cheese layer edges begin to bubble and the dip is hot.
  4. Sprinkle top of pepperoni dip with chopped fresh basil or green onions if desired.
pepperoni pizza dip recipe.

FAQs

What to dip in Pizza Dip?

While my go-to dippers with this Pizza Dip are pita chips, there are so many other options that would work really well.

Choose a bread or cracker that isn’t going to fall apart in all that gooey-goodness, like toasted baguette slices, toasted bagels, or even breadsticks. Ritz crackers, pretzels, or bagel chips would also be great for dipping, too.

How do I store and reheat Pizza Dip?

On the off chance that there is ANY Pizza Dip leftover, wrap the dish in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

To reheat, bake at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes or until warm.

Can Pizza Dip be made in a crockpot or slow cooker?

This recipe is slow cooker friendly, and you can definitely make this dip using a crockpot. Mix all your ingredients except the basil in your crockpot and cook on high for 1 to 1 ½ hour, stirring once about halfway through the cooking to ensure it all melts together.

ooey cheesy appetizer dip on a pita chip.

Can pizza dip be made ahead of time?

It’s easy to want to prep dips ahead of time. However, this dip requires softened cream cheese, and it would re-harden back up in the fridge. You can assemble it following the instructions, but it must sit on the counter about 20 minutes before baking to re-soften the cream cheese.

Can I use marinara sauce over pizza sauce?

Any jarred pizza sauce will work for this dip.

Flavor Variations for Pepperoni Dip

Just like regular pizza, Pizza Dip is totally adaptable. Here are some of my favorite dip spinoffs –

  • Hawaiian-Style Pizza Dip – Substitute sliced ham for the pepperoni and add well-drained pineapple cubes after removing the dip from the oven.
  • Meat Lover’s Pizza Dip – Keep the pepperoni and also add sausage and sliced ham.
  • Veggie Supreme Pizza Dip – Leave out the meat and instead add onions, green peppers, and mushrooms. Bake as normal, then top with thinly-sliced black olives.
  • Favorite Pizza Toppings – Really, anything you would enjoy on pizza, you will enjoy in a pizza dip recipe! Try topping with pepper flakes, adding green bell pepper, or dusting with onions and black olives. This perfect appetizer is delicious on a movie night, game day, or just simply as an appetizer dip at a party.  
cream cheese pepperoni dip recipe.

Serving Tip

Serving tip – serve this dip in a round pie plate, baking dish, or single servings are adorable in ramekins. Adjust timing in the oven as needed.

Looking for another fabulous party dip or holiday dip? If you love this Pizza Dip, check out some of my other all-time favorite party appetizers

cheesy baked dip in a dish.
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Pepperoni Dip


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Need an easy, fun and quick hot appetizer dip? This mini Pepperoni pizza dip with mozzarella cheese, cream cheese and Parmesan bring together all the flavors of a pizza into a creamy, addictive dip!

Ingredients
 

  • 16 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 5 oz. mini pepperoni
  • chopped fresh basil optional for garnish
  • garlic and parmesan pita chips or other chips for serving

Instructions

  • Before getting started, cream cheese should be softened by leaving on the counter for about 15-20 minutes. This allows for an easier mixing since cream cheese is hardened from the fridge.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 and grease a 2-1/2 quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Mix together cream cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and both cheeses, Parmesan and Mozzarella, in a mixing bowl.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture evenly into prepared pan.
  • Add any flavor of your favorite marinara or pizza sauce on top and spread evenly.
  • Top with mini pepperoni pieces.
  • Bake Pepperoni dip for 20 minutes or until edges begin to bubble and dip is hot.
  • Sprinkle top with chopped fresh basil before serving if desired.

Notes

What to dip in Pepperoni Dip?
While my go-to dippers with this Pizza Dip is pita chips, there are so many other options that would work really well.  Choose a bread or cracker that isn’t going to fall apart in all that gooey-goodness, like toasted baguette slices, toasted bagels, or even breadsticks.  Ritz crackers, pretzels, or bagel chips would also be great for dipping, too.
How do I store and reheat Pepperoni Pizza Dip?
On the off chance that there is ANY Pizza Dip leftover, wrap the dish in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 5 days.  To reheat, bake at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes or until warmed throughout.
Can Pizza Dip be made in a crockpot or slow cooker?
This recipe is slow cooker friendly and you can definitely make this dip using a crockpot.  Mix all your ingredients except for the basil together in your crockpot and cook on high for 1 to 1 ½ hours, stirring once about halfway through the cooking to ensure it all melts together.
Can cheesy dip be made ahead of time? 
It’s easy to want to prep dips ahead of time, however, this dip requires softened cream cheese and it would re-harden back up in the fridge. You can assemble it following the instructions, however it must sit on the counter about 20 minutes prior to baking in order to re-soften the cream cheese. 
Can I use marinara sauce over pizza sauce? 
Any jarred pizza sauce will work for this dip. 

Variations of Dip

Hawaiian-Style Pizza Dip – Substitute sliced ham for the pepperoni and add well-drained pineapple cubes after removing dip from the oven.
Meat Lover’s Pizza Dip – Keep the pepperoni and also add sausage and sliced ham.
Veggie Supreme Pizza Dip – Leave out the meat and instead add onions, green peppers, and mushrooms.  Bake as normal, then top with thinly-sliced black olives.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 888mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g

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