This Skillet Pepperoni Pizza Dip features all of the classic pizza flavors…in dip form. It’s a great game day appetizer to share with friends!
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January is always a tough month. I saw somewhere that it’s “officially” (whatever that means) the most depressing month of the year. I get it. Once the Christmas tree has been taken down and the garland has been packed away, the house just looks bare. On top of that, it’s cold and bleak outside, too. That’s where Super Bowl appetizers come in!
One of our favorite ways to liven up cold January weekends is to invite neighbors over for pizza and appetizers. We turn on whatever playoff football games are on at the time and settle in for an evening of fun.
Pizzas are a requirement for such events. Communal appetizers like this Bacon Cheeseburger Monkey Bread are also perfect for these gatherings. We’re adding another one to the list today – Skillet Pepperoni Pizza Dip! Dip recipes always make gatherings like these more fun.
Pepperoni Pizza Dip
This dip relies on the flavors of pepperoni pizza – namely pizza sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella – combined with a classic cream cheese + sour cream dip. It’s an especially tasty appetizer for gamedays!
While this dip could certainly be served with baguette slices, pita chips or crackers, I chose to go with a heartier option here. I took pizza dough and rolled it into little balls. The dip itself went into the middle of a cast iron skillet while those balls of dough went around the outside.
Once baked, folks can reach in and pull off pieces of bread to dip into the Pepperoni Pizza Dip. Yum! This dip certainly didn’t last long once it landed on the island in the middle of our kitchen.
If you don’t want to go the full cast iron skillet route, this dip could be made separately and then served with garlic breadsticks. Think marinara sauce…but taken to a whole new level with the cream cheese and pepperoni!
Tip: Olive oil, herbs and garlic. Whenever we make homemade pizza, we brush a combination of olive oil, dried herbs and garlic around the crust. No more boring pizza crust! I used that same technique here and coated the dough balls in an herbed olive oil mixture before they went into the oven. Trust me on this one!
I kept this dip pretty classic with just sliced pepperoni and herbs. However, you could use this recipe and add your favorite pizza toppings instead. Sausage would be a great substitute for the pepperoni. Or you could go supreme pizza style and add in diced ham, bell peppers, onions, black olives and mushrooms. If it works as a pizza topping…it would work here!
If you’re looking for a tasty gameday appetizer (or just a fun recipe to share with friends on a cold winter day), then put this pepperoni dip on the list! I hope you enjoy this one as much as we did in our house. Cheers!
Did you make this Skillet Pepperoni Pizza Dip recipe at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) – I’d love to see your version!
Skillet Pepperoni Pizza Dip
For the Pizza Dough
For the Pizza Dough
- Divide the pizza dough into 16 equal pieces.
- Using a circular motion, roll each piece of dough between countertop and palm of your hand until dough ball becomes tight.
- Place a small bowl upside-down in the center of a 9” cast iron skillet. (Tip #1: The goal should be to create a 3” gap between bowl and sides of the pan. Tip #2: If you don't have a cast iron skillet, you can use an oven-safe baking dish or deep pie plate instead.)
- Using a large mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, Italian seasonings and salt. Add dough balls and toss until well coated.
- Place dough balls in a ring around the edge of the skillet.
- Cover pan lightly with plastic wrap and place in a warm location for 45 minutes, or until dough has approximately doubled in size. (Tip: For a warm location, I put the pan in my oven with just the oven light on.)
For the Pepperoni Pizza Dip
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Once dough has risen, remove the bowl in the center of the skillet.
- Using a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, oregano, garlic and salt. Spread this mixture evenly into the center of the skillet.
- Spread pizza sauce evenly on top of cream cheese mixture.
- Chop half of the pepperoni and sprinkle evenly on top of pizza sauce.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove skillet from oven and sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top of the dip. Layer remaining pepperoni slices on top.
- Continue baking for 20-25 more minutes, or until tops of pizza dough are light golden brown.
- Serve hot. (Tip: Use a knife to gently cut apart the pieces of pizza dough before serving.)
Looking for more tasty gameday appetizers? Check out these other favorites, too: