Sausage Pepperoni Pizza Dip is the true winner of any game day celebration. Make garlic pizza crust bites to scoop up these hot layers of cream cheese, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and Italian sausage.
Somehow, football season is coming to a close. The Big Game is just weeks away!
I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since my city was painted blue and black in honor of the Carolina Panthers. (This season was kind of a letdown, but oh well. There’s always next year?)
It was super nice, though, to be invested in the big championship for my team. In other years, I’ve only been in it for the commercials, maybe even the halftime show. Sometimes, I’m just in it for a chance to hang out with friends over food, drinks and football.
This year, I’ll be watching at a friend’s house, and I know I’ll be bringing this Sausage Pepperoni Pizza Dip along with a batch of homemade garlicky pizza crust bites.
This Sausage Pepperoni Pizza Dip is based on one my mom makes sometimes. I was a big fan of it in high school, and I learned how to make it rather quickly. You could even say it was one of the first appetizers I learned to make.
This appetizer is seriously easy to make, and you can tailor it any way you like with your favorite toppings. Chris and I always order sausage and pepperoni on our pizza, so that’s what I went for this time.
Start with a layer of cream cheese and top it with pizza sauce. Then add mozzarella cheese and whatever toppings you desire. I also sprinkled on some diced red peppers and more cheese before popping it in the oven.
In a sense, it’s a deconstructed pizza, right down to the homemade pizza crust bites to enjoy it with. You can make those with your own pizza dough or pre-made.
Whether you’re Team Football, Team Commercials or Team Halftime Show, this Sausage Pepperoni Pizza Dip is sure to be a winner with anyone you’re watching the Big Game with!
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For the Pizza Dough Bites
- 12 ounces pizza dough
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- pinch salt
For the Sausage Pepperoni Pizza Dip
- 2 links Italian sausage, removed from casing
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 3/4 cup pizza sauce
- 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, divided
- 25 slices of pepperoni
- 1/2 medium red pepper, diced
- 1 teaspoon parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll out pizza dough. Cut into 1-inch strips and arrange 1 inch apart on a greased baking sheet. In a small bowl, stir together olive oil, garlic and salt. Brush the dough with the garlic mixture. Bake for 12 minutes or according to package instructions. Cut into 1-inch squares with a knife or kitchen shears.
- While pizza dough bites are baking: In a skillet over medium heat, cook sausage 8-10 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
- In a 9x13-inch baking dish, spread cream cheese in an even layer. Top with pizza sauce in an even layer. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Top with pepperoni, sausage and red pepper. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Upon removing from oven, sprinkle with parmesan and red pepper flakes.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 381Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 649mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 12g