Image a warm bite of cheesy dip that tastes like a slice of pizza on a chip. That’s what this pepperoni dip brings you. Super cheesy goodness with the spice of pepperoni.
This dip is great on crackers or tortilla chips, and it’s the sort of thing you want to serve warm. It’s the perfect thing to serve on game day.
Pull it out of the oven for everyone to gather round and start dipping into the cheesy goodness, while debating the fine points of the game they are watching (or playing!) that day.
Why I love this recipe
Two words: easy and delicious. We love to have a yummy dip to nosh on for game day, and this pepperoni dip is ideal. It only takes about 5 minutes to prep, then 20-25 in the oven. So, in 30 minutes or less you have a hot dip, ready to serve.
Easy enough to time it for the opening kickoff or possibly even during half time. Score!
Simple ingredients needed here: cream cheese, sour cream, pepperoni, pizza sauce and cheese. Plus a couple very common spices: Italian seasoning and oregano.
How to make this easy pepperoni dip
This easy dip is made in layers and then baked to warm it all through. Just like in a pizza, it’s important to get strings of melty cheese when you scoop out a bite.
First, mix softened cream cheese with some sour cream and spices: oregano and Italian seasoning. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray and then spread the cream cheese mixture in the bottom.
The next layer is pizza sauce. You need about a third of a cup; I used part of an 8-ounce can of pizza sauce. No real need to measure here, just spoon enough sauce to evenly cover the cream cheese layer.
Then, a layer of pepperoni. The recipe calls for about 4 ounces of pepperoni, half of which is reserved for the topping. Depending upon the size (diameter) of the pepperoni slices and/or your preference, you might want to cut the pepperoni more before adding it to the top of the sauce. I do, just to make the final dish easier to dip into.
And of course: cheese. Use a combination of cheeses, preferably mozzarella and cheddar. I use the packages of pre-shredded “pizza cheese” which are exactly that blend. But if you can’t find pizza cheese, you can mix equal amounts of shredded cheddar and mozzarella to get the same result.
Then, simply layer the remaining pepperoni slices over the top of the cheese for the full-on “pepperoni pizza” look.
Bake the dip for 20-25 minutes at 350F, until the cheese is bubbly, and the pepperoni is cooked.
Serve the pepperoni dip right away with crackers, breadsticks or whatever dippable items you most enjoy!
Using this as a base recipe, just think of all the possibilities to change it up. If it tastes good on a pizza, it’ll probably taste good in this dip!
Here are some ideas for your next creation:
- Cooked Italian sausage
- Green peppers
- Caramelized onions
- Black olives
I want to try them all!
Here are some more dip recipes for your game day enjoyment
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning dried
- 1 Tablespoon oregano dried
- ⅓ cup pizza sauce
- 2 cups shredded cheese mix of mozzarella and cheddar
- 4 ounces pepperoni sliced
- Preheat oven to 350F. Soften the cream cheese by leaving it out at room temperature. You can also place the cream cheese in a bowl and microwave on MEDIUM power for 30 seconds at a time to soften.
- Prep about half the pepperoni by cutting the slices into bite-sized pieces, depending upon your preference. Then spray a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray.
- Mix the softened cream cheese, sour cream, Italian seasoning and oregano together in a bowl using a hand mixer. Spread this first layer in the prepared pie plate.
- Spread the pizzas sauce evenly over the cream cheese layer.
- Sprinkle the chopped pepperoni evenly over the pizza sauce.
- Add the shredded cheese over the pepperoni.
- Arrange the remaining pepperoni slices over the top of the cheese, to resemble a pepperoni pizza.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the pepperoni is cooked and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.