This easy pizza dip appetizer is the fun way to enjoy this party food classic. Ready faster than delivery and you can customize it with your favorite toppings!

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Pizza Dip! This easy pizza dip appetizer is the fun way to enjoy this party food classic. Ready faster than delivery and you can customize it with your favorite toppings! | HomemadeHooplah.com

About Pizza Dip

If you’re looking for a way spice up your Friday night pizza delivery, then this hot pizza dip is a must-try for your next movie night.

Perfect for a party of one or feeding a crowd, you just can’t beat a bowl of melty cheese, Italian flavor, and all of your favorite pizza toppings. Pair it with buttery breadsticks or crispy chips and this bowl will be empty before you know it.

How to make pizza dip with cream cheese.

What can you serve with pepperoni pizza dip?

Anything that can be covered with cheese, of course! Here are a few of my go-to favorites:

  • Tortilla chips, especially the scoops
  • Toasted bread, especially breadsticks
  • Celery
  • Pretzels, from small and crunchy or large and soft

What other toppings can you use?

I used traditional pepperoni and a dash of green peppers and onion when I made this dip, but if you’d like to get creative, feel free to treat this dip like your favorite pizza. To give you some ideas, you could top this dip with:

  • Meats such as pepperoni, Italian sausage, meatball, ham, bacon, grilled chicken, beef, pork, or even anchovies.
  • Veggies like mushrooms, spinach, red onions, black olives, bell peppers, banana peppers, pineapple, jalapeno peppers, and tomatoes.

Should you grate your own cheese?

We all know buying pre-grated cheese is very convenient, but it contains some preservatives (such as potato starch) that help keep the grated cheese separated in the bag. And while this is great for grabbing a quick pinch of what you need, it will also cause the melted cheese to appear lumpy or harden as it cools much faster than it should.

So if you’re a cheese lover like me and what the cheesiest experience possible for your dip, I highly recommend freshly grating a block of cheese. I know it’s more work, but the end result will more than make up for it.

How long can you leave out hot pizza dip?

Whenever you serve a party dip, you should always keep track of how long it sits at room temperature.

For most foods, the general rule of thumb is that a perishable item should not be in the “danger zone” for more than two hours. And by “danger zone”, this is usually at or just above room temperature.

Since this dip will be served warm, that should give you another 30-60 minutes before needing to keep track of the dip. So, in total, this dip can be left out for an absolute maximum of three hours, depending on the temperature of the room. However, be sure to still check the dip every now and then and make your best judgment.

Once you pass the recommended time, you can heat it up in the oven again.

For best results, I’d recommend using a warming tray so that this cheesy pizza dip stays toasty and above the “danger zone” temperature.

Can you make pizza dip in advance?

Yes, you can whip up this dip in advance and store it in the refrigerator until it’s ready to be baked.

Once assembled, this dip can be stored in the refrigerator for three to five days, depending on the freshness of the ingredients used. When ready to bake, let the dip warm up on the counter for about 30 minutes, then bake per the recipe instructions.

Once the dip is baked, it’s best to consume it all on the same day and toss out any excess. However, if you do want to save the leftovers, it can be stored in the refrigerator for two or three days.

Can you freeze pizza dip?

Yes, this dip can be prepared and frozen to be baked at a later date. For best results, the dip should be frozen before baking; I do not recommend freezing the baked dip.

To freeze this dip: Add dip to a bowl with a sealable lid. Secure lid and store in the freezer for one to three months. Before baking, let dip thaw in the refrigerator overnight. When ready to serve, transfer to a baking dish and follow the regular instructions for baking the dip.

A hot pizza dip appetizer that can be made in 20 minutes.

Notes & tips for pepperoni pizza dip:

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How do you make a pizza dip appetizer?

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a small bowl, toss together the Italian style cheese and the mozzarella cheese, then set the bowl nearby.

Pizza Dip Step 1 - Add Italian style cheese. Pizza Dip Step 1 - Add mozzarella cheese. Pizza Dip Step 1 - Toss to mix.

Step 2 – Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl), whip together the cream cheese and Italian seasoning, then set nearby.

Pizza Dip Step 2 - Add cream cheese. Pizza Dip Step 2 - Add italian seasoning. Pizza Dip Step 2 - Mix well. Pizza Dip Step 2 - Mix well.

Step 3 – Spray a 9-inch pie dish with cooking spray, then add the cream cheese mixture to the pan. Use a spatula to spread it out into a nice, even layer.

Pizza Dip Step 3 - Add cream cheese mixture to dish. Pizza Dip Step 3 - Add cream cheese mixture to dish. Pizza Dip Step 3 - Spread out into an even layer.

Step 4 – Sprinkle half of the mixed cheeses on top of the cream cheese layer.

Pizza Dip Step 4 - Layer with cheese. Pizza Dip Step 4 - Layer with cheese.

Step 5 – Pour the tomato sauce on next, smoothing it out.

Pizza Dip Step 5 - Layer with pizza sauce. Pizza Dip Step 5 - Layer with pizza sauce.

Step 6 – Top the sauce with the other half of the mixed cheese.

Pizza Dip Step 6 - Top with cheese. Pizza Dip Step 6 - Top with cheese.

Step 7 – Add any toppings you like, such as pepperoni, veggies, etc.

Pizza Dip Step 7 - Add pizza toppings of your choice. Pizza Dip Step 7 - Add pizza toppings of your choice.

Step 8 – Bake!

Step 9 – Serve with toasted bread or chips and enjoy!

 

Easy pizza dip made with cream cheese, Italian style cheese, and mozzarella cheese.

Recipe Details

Pizza Dip! This easy pizza dip appetizer is the fun way to enjoy this party food classic. Ready faster than delivery and you can customize it with your favorite toppings! | HomemadeHooplah.com
5 from 2 votes

Pizza Dip

10 mins prep + 10 mins cook
267 kcal
Yields: 6 servings
This easy pizza dip appetizer is the fun way to enjoy this party food classic. Ready faster than delivery and you can customize it with your favorite toppings!

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cup shredded Italian style cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, (see recipe notes)
  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounce pizza sauce
  • 2 tablespoon green pepper, chopped (or any other topping you'd like)
  • 2 tablespoon green onion, chopped (or any other topping you'd like)
  • 5-7 pepperoni slices, or any other topping you'd like
  • chips or breadsticks, for dipping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 inch pie plate (ideally microwave safe, so you can reheat the dip if needed) with cooking spray, then set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, Italian style cheese and mozzarella cheese together, then set cheese aside.
  • Using a stand mixer (or a hand mixer + large bowl), whip together cream cheese and Italian seasoning seasoning until smooth, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add cream cheese to prepared pie dish and use a spatula to spread it out into a solid, even layer.
  • Sprinkle about half of the cheese on top of the cream cheese in an even layer.
  • Pour pizza sauce on top of cheese, using the spatula to spread the sauce while leaving a 1/2 inch space along the side of the dish (just like a pizza).
  • Add the remaining 1/2 of the cheese on top of the pizza sauce, again making an even layer.
  • Add toppings of your choice to the pizza (recommended: pepperoni, green onion, and green pepper).
  • Bake pizza dip for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Serve immediately with chips or breadsticks for dipping.

Notes

Note: I highly recommend using freshly grated the cheddar cheese. Pre-grated cheese contains preservatives (such as potato starch) that keep the cheese separated but will also cause melted cheese to be lumpy or harden faster than it normally should. For the creamiest cheese possible, grating your own is the way to go.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 461mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 771IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 153mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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2 comments

    • Bob Darling

    We made the Pizza Dip for our Supper Bowl Party and it was a big hit. The only difference we did was use the tiny pepperoni bits instead of large slices. Fantastic!

    • Teri Stephens
    • 5 stars

    I love this. I am going to make it for Super Bowl and serve with zucchini sticks and celery. I’m on low carb and this will hit all those pizza cravings.