Monday, January 16, 2012

sunday yumday!

this particular sunday yumday recipe has been a post in the making for awhile...i've made it at least four times since starting this blog, but keep failing at photographing the evidence.
but, today is your lucky day because this is a no-fail recipe.  i swear.  this pizza dip has been one of my most successful creations.
however, there is a bit of back-story to this post.  one of my favorite (and most famous) dips was an artichoke dip that i used to make for every pot-luck type of event.  but with my other half being a bit on the picky side, i needed to come up with something i could make that mike would love.
after a few google searches and brainstorming of my own, pizza dip was born. 
i mean, who doesn't like pizza?!  sounds like a no-brainer, right?'s what you need:
a pie-plate or similar size dish, safe for oven
two 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened (i use fat free because you can't tell!)
two cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
italian seasonings
spaghetti (or pizza) sauce
baguette/bread or chips/crackers for dipping

now, here's where you can get creative and use what you have or what you like...but here's what i use because mike likes it that way:
one pound ground beef (i choose what's on sale!)
mini pepperonis (or chopped regular sized pepperoni)
(here is where i would love to add some peppers and mushrooms.)
okay, so here's the drill...
get your ground beef browning in a pan on the stove.  season as you wish.  i generally use some garlic salt and pepper.

while that is cooking you want to get your softened cream cheese seasoned with the italian seasonings...i'd say a generous couple of spoonfuls. 
once you've got that mixed, just spread the mixture in the bottom of your dish.

keep an eye on the beef, flipping and stirring as needed.
slice up your baguette or bread so it's ready for dipping.  i highly recommend toasting it in the oven for a few once mine is sliced i arrange the slices on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and bake at 400-ish degrees for 8-10 minutes.
now, back to the browning beef.  once it's cooked thoroughly, strain off the fat.  
here's a spot where you can choose the easy way or the 'extra-somethin-somethin' way.
easy way:  put the ground beef (and pepperoni) on top of the cream cheese mixture in the dish and top with pizza sauce...
or.... (and i recommend this way if you have time...)
extra-somethin-somethin way:  keep the ground beef in the pan...add the pepperonis...and add about a cup and a half of spaghetti sauce.  let it simmer away until it's thickened...usually about 15 minutes.  
then let it cool a couple minutes and dump the mixture on top of the cream cheese mixture in the baking dish.

now, top everything with the mozzarella...
and bake in the oven (around 350 is fine) for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese is all melted.

and enjoy this slightly messy, but delicious dip!
do you have any dips you just love to make over and over again?!  this one tops my list because it's such a crowd-pleaser.  
=) andrea


  1. I extend a testimonial for this dip..... It's amazing!

  2. that looks great! My hubby would love this.


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