Monday, November 5, 2012

November Secret Recipe Club: Pepperoni Pizza Dip from The Cookaholic Wife

It's that time again...time for another fun and yummy Secret Recipe Club reveal! My assigned blog this month was The Cookaholic Wife. Nichole has lots of really fun recipes on her site...many of them lightened-up versions of favorites. As I looked through her blog, I considered several recipes to feature. It was hard to pick just one recipe to feature. After some back and forth, I made a fun and delicious warm dip to eat in front of the TV one evening this week: Pepperoni Pizza Dip. Imagine all your favorite pizza flavors in a creamy, cheesy dip! This recipe is delicious and family-friendly. Feel free to double the ingredients if you're serving a crowd at a party. 

I made a few minor tweaks to the original recipe. I used Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream in Nichole's recipe, and I used a full 2 cups of mozzarella cheese since I'm a cheese fiend. I also used turkey pepperoni to save a bit of fat and calories and subbed in green onions for mushrooms. The best thing about this recipe is that it's vert adaptable...simply sub in your favorite pizza toppings to make your own creation. Trust me...you're going to want to make this dip SOON!

Pepperoni Pizza Dip
adapted from The Cookaholic Wife

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375. Combine the following ingredients in a mixing bowl: 4 ounces room-temperature reduced-fat cream cheese, 1/4 cup non-fat Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayo, 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup parmesan, and salt and pepper to taste. Note: I used a rosemary-infused salt that I like. Stir well to combine all ingredients.


Step 2: Spread the mixture evenly in a pie plate or shallow dish. Top with 1 cup pizza sauce and 1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella. Cut 8 slices turkey pepperoni into quarters and sprinkle evenly on top of the cheese. Finally, slice one green onion and sprinkle on top of cheese and pepperoni.


Step 3: Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the dip is bubbly. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. You can serve this dip with toasted flatbread or pita chips. I had some frozen garlic toast in the freezer, so I toasted some of that the last 10 minutes that the dip baked. 


Mercy...is this dip good! Imagine all your favorite pizza ingredients and creamy cheesy goodness in one bite. Yeah...I'll wait while you wipe up the drool! This dip is perfect for weekend football-watching parties...or for family movie night. It's seriously addictive...we're pepperoni lovers, but feel free to use Italian sausage or Canadian bacon if that's what you have on hand. Get creative and have fun!

While you're at it, check out all of the other Group A bloggers and all their amazing recipes. You're sure to find something that you'll want to make!!





9 comments:

  1. This is making me so hungry! Warm and cheesy. Looks so darn good.

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  2. Ha, I was just going to say the same thing...now I'm hungry!!

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  3. Looks delicious and I'm so glad you liked it!

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  4. Oh yum! I love the idea of dipping garlic bread in it. Wow!

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  5. Wendy, this sounds like it could be quite addictive!

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  6. Looks divine, I need to make this very soon.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry: Thai Peanut Noodles with Chicken.

    Lisa~~

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  7. That looks like perfect football food! Great idea...

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  8. Love love love this - looks SO delicious! :)

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  9. I would like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week! http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/clever-chicks-blog-hop-10.html

    I hope you can make it!
    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

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