Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pizza Dip

Pizza dip... this one is always a crowd favorite. Almost every time my family gets together, someone  requests that I make this. I like this dip because it is usually something that everyone likes, even the picky eaters.  Here's how I make it:

1 lb. Italian sausage (I have used both sweet and hot in the past- both are good!)
5 slices bacon
1 cup chopped pepperoni (about half of the normal 8 oz. bag)
36 oz. pizza sauce or marinara sauce
1 cup shredded Italian cheese (mozzarella or any Italian blend, but it should be something other than Parmesan)
8 oz. cream cheese
8 oz. sour cream
1-8 oz. container of grated Parmesan cheese (2 cups) 
1 heaping tablespoon of pesto
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
water if dip is too thick (optional)

Start by cooking your Italian sausage and drain any grease. Dump the cooked sausage into your slow cooker. 

Next, fry up your bacon, remove it from the grease and chop it up. Dump it into your slow cooker as well. 

Starting with the marinara sauce, put the rest of your ingredients in the slow cooker one by one and mix them all up.  If your dip is a little thicker than you'd like, its okay to add a little bit of water. I usually put about 2 tablespoons of water in each of my marinara sauce jars and shake them up to get any excess sauce off the jar and dump all of that into my Crock Pot. 

Keep your slow cooker on low for about 2 hours, or until the cream cheese melts and the dip mixes together evenly. After that, change your heat setting to warm. 

This dip is hearty and filling, and so so good! You can mix and match it with other meats, or even add your favorite veggies. 

My favorite thing to serve Pizza Dip with is garlic bread, but it is also great with bagel chips or crackers. Enjoy! 

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