Looking for a tasty and fun appetizer idea? This White Pizza Dip is a creamy, delicious dip…and it’s surrounded by warm garlic knots!
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Growing up, we ate pizza on a fairly regular basis – but it was always made with red sauce. It wasn’t until I went away to college that I discovered the concept of a white pizza.
As the name suggests, white pizza does not use tomato sauce as a base. Instead, white pizzas rely on olive oil, garlic, salt and sometimes ricotta cheese. While I still love a traditional (i.e. red sauce) pizza pie, a good white pizza ranks up there pretty high on my list!
A couple of weeks ago, Laura and I were experimenting with pizza toppings, and we ended up with this Jalapeno Popper Pizza. Simply put, that pizza was friggin’ delicious! Cream cheese is a key ingredient in jalapeno poppers, so we used a bit of cream cheese for the base of that pizza. *Mind blown.*
White Pizza Dip
We enjoyed that pizza so much that I recreated a similar version…just in dip form! This White Pizza Dip was a huge hit in our house. As I was considering how to serve this dip, I remembered this Bacon Spinach Dip. Essentially, you make a ring of unbaked garlic knots and fill the center with dip. From there, the whole thing – skillet and all – goes into the oven. About 30 minutes later, you’re left with an appetizer that’ll have everyone jumping to get a bite!
Similar to the base of that Jalapeno Popper Pizza, this White Pizza Dip uses a mixture of cream cheese and mozzarella with a generous amount of grated Parmesan in there for flavor. Oh, and I added a whole bunch of fresh basil. After all, garlic + basil + mozzarella go together like the Scooby + Shaggy + Scooby Snacks.
As this White Pizza Dip is baked and served in a cast iron skillet, you’ll need to use care when serving it. The skillet will be hot! Just warn your family and friends to be careful when reaching in for a garlic knot. Alternatively, you could bake the knots and dip separately, although I kinda like the visual appeal of serving the whole thing in a skillet.
I used homemade pizza dough for this White Pizza Dip, but you could certainly use store-bought dough instead. (Or call your local pizzeria – many times, local pizza shops will sell you a batch of their unbaked pizza dough. Chances are the pizzeria version will taste better than the store-bought version, too!)
If you’re looking for one heck of a tasty appetizer, then put this White Pizza Dip on the menu. It’s great for watching sports or just for an appetizer night on the couch – no matter how you serve it, I hope this dip is a big hit in your house! Cheers!
Did you make this White Pizza Dip at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) – I’d love to see your version!
White Pizza Dip
For the Garlic Knots
- Brush a 9” or 10” cast iron skillet with olive oil. Place a small bowl or crock in the center of the skillet; set skillet aside. (The crock will be replaced with dip later. It is used at this stage to “hold” the opening in the middle.)
- Divide the pizza dough into 12 equal pieces (~2 oz. each).
- Cut each piece of dough into 3 pieces. Using a circular motion, roll each piece of dough between countertop and palm of your hand until dough ball becomes tight. Place olive oil in a large bowl and then add balls of dough, tossing until well coated.
- Place dough balls around the outside of the prepared skillet. Cover skillet and place in a warm location for 1 hour. (Tip: For a warm location, I put the pan in my oven with just the oven light on.)
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Using a medium bowl, make the dip by combining cream cheese, mozzarella, Parmesan, ricotta, milk, basil, garlic and red pepper flakes; stir until well combined.
- Uncover the skillet, remove the crock and spoon the dip into the center of the skillet.
- Bake at 375°F for 28-30 minutes, or until top is lightly browned. (Optional: After baking, switch the oven to broil for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese has browned.)
- While skillet is in oven, whisk together the melted butter, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, Italian seasonings and kosher salt.
- Remove skillet from oven and brush garlic knots with the butter mixture. Let cool slightly before serving.
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