I love gathering people together to enjoy food and conversation. The NFL playoffs and college basketball season are two terrific excuses to invite people over, but honestly, I’ll use any reason to get friends and family together for munchies and fun.
Hot Pizza Dip is one of my favorite dishes to serve to guests because I love pizza and it’s easy to make. You can top it with your favorite pizza add-ins. Mine are green peppers, onions, black olives and pepperoni. Also, you can bake it in any 9- to 10-inch dish, but I used my cast iron skillet because it holds the heat so the dip stays warm longer.
However you choose to serve this dip, the key is to have everyone enjoying the food and time together. Add some favorite beverages—and a terrific batch of brownies (stay tuned!)—and you’ll have a party…no reason required!
Hot Pizza Dip
1 14.5-ounce can petite diced tomatoes, drained
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 8-ounce block of cream cheese at room temperature
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Pizza toppings of choice
1 baguette, sliced and toasted
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, add the drained diced tomatoes, oregano, and salt. Stir to combine and set aside.
In a large bowl, stir the cream cheese to smooth. Add the Italian seasoning, black pepper, red pepper flakes (if using), 1/2 the mozzarella and 1/2 the parmesan. Stir together until well combined.
Grease a 9- to 10-inch baking dish with olive oil. Spread the cream cheese mixture in the bottom to an even layer. Spread the diced tomatoes on top of the cream cheese, leaving behind any extra liquid. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top, and then add your favorite pizza toppings.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the middle is hot and bubbly. Serve with toasted baguette slices.