If you're looking for a new dish for your next holiday party, Hot Pepperoni Pizza Dip may be just the recipe you're looking for. This easy, cheesy savory spread is perfect for serving with crackers or baguette or even vegetables if you're looking to lighten up a bit.
I love a good recipe that comes together really easily and this is one of them. You can mix it with a mixer but even by hand it takes less than five minutes to stir it up. Once mixed it can be covered and refrigerated for up to two days before baking which is genius because the last thing you need on party day is one more thing to prepare.
If your guest are vegetarian don't hesitate to add diced green peppers and diced mushrooms instead of the pepperoni. Well you could add those even if your guests AREN'T vegetarian and make it a supreme pizza dip. Either way this dish will disappear fast so make sure you get a bite before it's gone.
Hot Pepperoni Pizza Dip
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 TBSP milk
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
pinch of black pepper
drop of Tabasco sauce--optional
2 ounces pepperoni-diced
1 cup shredded mozzarella
⅓ cup shredded cheddar-optional use more mozzarella if desired
2 TBSP bread crumbs
mix the cream cheese, milk and mayonnaise until well combined
add the Italian seasonings, black pepper and Tabasco sauce-if using, stir to combine
sprinkle in the pepperoni and the cheeses, stir well
spread in a shallow oven safe pan--I used a 1 quart gratin dish
if baking immediately sprinkle with the bread crumbs, cover and bake for 15 minutes
switch oven to broil, remove the foil and broil for 5 minutes or until the crumbs are browned
serve hot with bread, crackers or vegetables
if not baking immediately do NOT sprinkle with bread crumbs but cover and refrigerate until ready to use--let come to room temperature, uncover and sprinkle with crumbs, return the foil cover and bake as directed