Monday, May 30, 2011

Pizza Dip

When I came across this recipe I thought, "Now why didn't I think of that?" We eat pizza pretty frequently and I'm always looking for different toppings to give us some variety. But I never thought about turning pizza into a dip. The original recipe doesn't specify if any reduced fat or fat free items are used but I made mine this way and thought it turned out great!

Pizza Dip
Source: Closet Cooking
Servings:  4
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Ingredients:
    • 4 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 1/4 cup fat free sour cream
    • 1/4 cup light mayo
    • 3/4 cup shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese, divided
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
    • 1 cup pizza sauce
    • "Toppings":
    • 8 slices pepperoni
    • 3 tbs. red pepper, diced
    • 5 oz. mushrooms, diced
    • fresh parsley and oregano 

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Stir until combined.
3. Spread the cheese mixture onto the bottom of a 9" pie plate.
4. Spoon the pizza sauce over the mixture and then top with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and any toppings of your choice.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and browned.

I served this with homemade bread sticks. This is definitely a hearty dip that can double for a meal. Tom and I were each only able to eat 3 small bread sticks with dip before we were completely full.

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