I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. It was just the four of us here. We did our appetizers for lunch. I made a handful of our favorites. There were ranch roll-ups [cream cheese, a ranch packet, and carrots run through the food processor wrapped in a flour tortilla], meatballs [chili sauce, grape jelly, and frozen meatballs simmered on low in the slow cooker for a few hours], and a cheese/meat/cracker platter.
There was supposed to be pizza dip, too, but we forgot to thaw any bacon, so it was delayed until the following day. What holiday is complete without the “Oh crap, we forgot the…” moment? Seems there’s always that one ingredient. I get credit that they were all in the house anyways. And relief that it wasn’t the turkey I forgot to thaw.
Here it is. The easy to make pizza dip recipe that was missing from our Thanksgiving menu. The toppings are entirely up to you. This year I topped our dip with bacon, sautéed red peppers, and sautéed mushrooms.
- 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- 8 oz bag shredded mozzarella
- desired toppings
- wheat thins
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a round or square 8″ or 9″ baking dish, spread the softened cream cheese evenly across the bottom. Spread the pizza sauce on top of the cream cheese. Sprinkle the mozzarella evenly across the top. Cover with desired toppings.
Bake in a 350° oven for 20-25 minutes; until dip is bubbly and cheese is melted and starting to golden.
Serve with wheat thins.
Cooks’ note: My husband isn’t able to eat tomatoes, so we make some alternatives for him. This year he only wanted it minus the sauce (and sans mushrooms). Other times we have made it with alfredo sauce. There’s even been a handful of times that we’ve mixed Lipton Recipe Secrets’ savory herb with garlic soup & dip mix into the cream cheese.
We love doing appetizers at all the holidays, but you don’t have to wait for another holiday to roll around before you can enjoy this easy to make dip. So easy and versatile, you can even serve it for dinner as a pizza night alternative.
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