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Hot Pizza Dip

This Hot Pizza Dip is so creamy and cheesy and pizza saucy…so good.  One of the best things though, are all the different combinations you can come up with.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy dip for your snack table, this Hot Pizza Dip is it!  Made with layers of cream cheese, pizza sauce, cheese and your favourite pizza toppings.  Everyone will love it!

a top down view of a baked pizza dip with pepperoni. in the background is bread and a red and white striped towel

Make it your own!

Aside from the fact that this is the best appetizer around, one of the best things about this dip are all the different combinations you can come up with.  Love Hawaiian pizza?  Use ham & pineapple.  Veggie lover?  Use green peppers, olives, tomatoes, mushrooms…you name it.  Meat lovers?  Use pepperoni, ham & Italian sausage.  Omg.  Hungry yet?

a top down view of an unbaked pizza dip with pepperoni. in the background is a red and white striped towel

a top down view of an unbaked pizza dip with pepperoni. in the background is a red and white striped towel

Topping Tip!

Our favourite pizza dip combination is plain old pepperoni!  After making this several times I have learned to add more pepperoni than I think it will need.  It might look nice with the pepperoni slices spread out evenly over the top of the dip, but trust me when I tell you these will shrink and shrivel up when it’s baked.  SO, layer on that pepperoni (see tips below).

a top down view of an unbaked pizza dip with layers of pepperoni. in the background is a red and white striped towel

A great appetizer for kids and teens!

I almost always have this dip on the table when I’m serving appetizers. I find that when I make an appetizer table, a lot of the dips and charcuterie plates don’t appeal to kids, but this dip does.  So I make it for the kids…I mean, everyone loves it, but kids and teens especially love it, and it’s a great way to include them.

a top down view of a baked pizza dip with pepperoni. in the background is a red and white striped towel

Great for potlucks too!

When I’m asked to bring an appetizer to a party or potluck, I almost always bring this dip.  I like that I can assemble it at home, then I can quickly put it in the oven at my hosts home.  If this isn’t possible and I want to serve it right away, I will bake it at home, then wrap it in a towel and bring it along with me.  I love bringing this dip to get-togethers because it’s so easy to make and it’s a hit every time. This is the kind of appetizer that you want to sneak off with a spoon to the pantry with.  It’s so creamy and cheesy and pizza saucey…so good. And plop this dish down in front of a group of women gathered together for a gals weekend at the cottage and it will disappear.  Ask me how I know?  😉

a top down view of a baked pizza dip with extra pepperoni. in the background is a red and white striped towel

Recipe Tips:

  • Dish:  you can use any 8 or 9 inch oven proof dish to make this dip.
  • Topping Ideas: pepperoni, green pepper, mushrooms, onions, black olives, ham, pineapple, fresh tomato
  • Pepperoni:  the more lean the pepperoni you have, the less oil there will be on your dip.  If you feel like there is too much oil after baking, just use a paper towel to dab it away.
  • Shrinkage:  Keep in mind that the toppings will shrink when baked.  So add more than you think you might need.
  • Make Ahead Tip:  You can assemble this dip hours before you want to bake it.  Just store it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it.
  • Dippers:  Serve with cracker, chunks of bread, slices of warm Naan

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Hot Pizza Dip


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

This Hot Pizza Dip is so creamy and cheesy and pizza saucy…so good.  One of the best things though, are all the different combinations you can come up with.


Ingredients

Scale

Pizza Dip Base

  • 1 block of cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1213 mL can pizza sauce
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded cheese (I use an Italian cheese blend: mozza (provolone, parmesan))
  • 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Topping Ideas:

  • 1/41/2 cup small sliced pepperoni
  • 1/4 green pepper (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • ham and pineapple
  • fresh tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a baking dish, spread the block of cream cheese over the bottom of the dish, covering it completely.
  3. Spread on the pizza sauce.
  4. Sprinkle on the shredded and parmesan cheese.
  5. Lay on the pepperoni.
  6. Add any other toppings you might like.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly.

Notes

Serve this dip with slices of crusty bread!

  • Category: Appetizer

Keywords: pizza dip

Have a delicious day!

Hot Pizza Dip {A Pretty Life}
Note:  This post was originally published in November 2014, but I have recently updated it with new pictures and recipe tips. Same great recipe, just more great information for you!

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Home To Heather
    November 4, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    I loved spending time with you and the rest of the gang. Can we go back? Tomorrow? Now? And yes, this dip was fabulous. I haven’t stopped thinking about it! Thanks for the recipe!

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      [email protected]
      November 4, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      Me too…such a great time. And YES let’s go back stat! 😉

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    Lindsay
    November 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Different pizza toppings is a genius idea Jo-Anna. I want to try it with mushrooms, peppers and Italian sausage…mmm!

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      [email protected]
      November 6, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      Oh that sounds delicious! This really is the best dip everrrrr!

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    Cheri | KitchenSimplicity.com
    November 4, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    I will take one order of pizza dip with a side of girls weekend away please. Both sound fabulous!

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    Krista @the happy housie
    November 4, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    This. looks. incredible!! Pinned and trying!!

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    Shannon {Cozy Country Living}
    November 4, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    This looks so delicious Jo-Anna! I don’t think there would be any left if I served this at a family get together! I think I’d definitely have to double the recipe! I can’t wait to try it 🙂 Pinned!

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      [email protected]
      November 6, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      Thank you Shannon! I’m willing to bet it would be gone in no time too! Enjoy!

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    La Cuisine d'Helene
    November 5, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    This looks so yum, I SU your post 🙂

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    Louisa [Living Lou]
    November 5, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    That sounds like such a wonderful weekend, Jo-Anna! Love the idea of this dip too, I might have to bring this along to my next “girls night”.

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      [email protected]
      November 6, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Oh you should definitely take it on your next get together! It’ll get gobbled up!

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    Meaghan
    November 6, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    You succeeded in making my mouth water over here! I love easy dips almost as much as I love a fun, cleansing girls weekend 🙂 Pinning!

    ~Meaghan

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    November 7, 2014 at 6:38 AM

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    Virginia Fynes
    November 8, 2014 at 4:37 AM

    Looks like this needs to be in my tummy! YUM, tucking this away for Christmas at the lake!

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    Erin
    November 9, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    I can even testify it is delish cold out of the fridge the next morning!

    And yes, the weekend was amazing. So good for the soul.

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    Jody
    January 1, 2021 at 7:34 PM

    Oh how yummy. Green peppers mushrooms. I am going to make this when my family all come to my new apartment for a late Christmas.

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