Hot Pizza Dip

It’s MARCH MADNESS time!!!!   We are big UK Wildcat fans here in this house.  Why?  Because we live in Kentucky.  Because they are the winningest team in the country. (I’ve always hated that word “winningest”…just doesn’t sound right!)  Because my husband is an alum of UK.  Because it’s just fun to watch the Cats play.  And what will we be eating while we watch all these basketball games?  Well, maybe, just maybe we’ll be eating this yummalicious, easy to throw together Hot Pizza Dip. 

This has all the flavors of a classic pepperoni pizza, but in a hot, bubbly, scoopable dip!  I took this to a church gathering Sunday night and everyone raved about it.  I think you’ll like it too.  Because it’s good.  Because it’s easy.

Start by combining 1-1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning with 8 oz of softened cream cheese.

Spread this mixture into a microwave safe serving dish and top with about 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.

Top that with about 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese, grated.

In a small skillet, saute 1 small bell pepper, diced along with 1/2 an onion, diced, in 1 tsp olive oil.

Spoon pepper mixture over cheese.  Then top with my Homemade Pizza Sauce (or an 8 oz jar of purchased pizza sauce).

Sprinkle another 1/2 cup of mozzarella over the sauce and top with 4 oz. pepperoni, diced.

Top with another 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.  Microwave, uncovered, at 70% power for 5-7 minutes or until bubbly.

Serve with toasted bread slices.

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