Hot Pizza Dip

I got the all-clear to start working out from my doctor at my 6 week post baby checkup. I was so eager to get back in the gym and to start running again. I jogged to the bus stop to pick up my son earlier in the week – an embarrassingly short distance, and was so sore the next day. So I knew I would have to take it easy and that my gym debut would be a brief one.

After running for about five minutes my body started itching. I mean literally my love handles, butt, and thighs were on fire. I was at the gym so I was trying so hard not to itch and draw attention to myself, but I couldn’t stop itching!
Have you ever had that happened after a long break from working out? I googled it and apparently it’s pretty normal after periods of inactivity and has a complete medical explanation.
Dang. I was hoping it was just my fat literally melting off.
I made this dip earlier this week and ever since then I’ve seen it all over the food blogs. But in case you haven’t seen it out there, this dip tastes just like pizza without the crust. I saw it on Allrecipes and reviewers said that it really needs to be made a day ahead of time so that all of the flavors meld together. I agree. It was great the first day and even better the second. I added some garlic powder and red pepper because to me pizza is not complete without both. I know I’ve been on a pizza kick lately but it’s such a crowd pleaser so why not? Super Bowl baby.

Hot Pizza Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 ounces pepperoni sausage, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sliced black olives

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, oregano, parsley, basil, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes.
  2. Spread mixture in the bottom of a 9 inch pie plate, or a shallow microwave-safe dish. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese on top of the cream cheese mixture. Spread the pizza sauce over all.
  3. Microwave the pepperoni for about 30 seconds just to get some of the fat out of them so you don't end up with a greasy mess on top of your pizza dip.
  4. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, then top with green pepper, pepperoni and olive slices. Cover, and microwave for 5 minutes or bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Serve hot with baguette slices, tortilla chips, or Fritos scoops.

Notes

Note: You can either cook this in the microwave or oven. If you wish to cook it in the oven preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

adapted from Allrecipes

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  1. This looks super yummy! and since me and my husband love all things flavored pizza, I will totally be making this this weekend. I will be the best wife!

  2. This looks super good!

    I’m always sore if I’ve taken a long break from working out, then start again…. but I’ve never started itching. Best of luck with getting back to your exercise routine and hopefully you won’t experience anymore of the itching!

  3. Itching is a totally normal occurrence for me, even without long periods of inactivity. I walk around the block and my legs itch like crazy. I jog and my whole body itches. I come inside after being in the cold and my whole body itches. I’d rather be sore than deal with the itching, so annoying.

  4. Ive been seeing this pizza dip all over! Your blog, Michelle’s yesterday, another guy’s blog, superbowl recipe roundups..the universe wants me to make it. You make it look delish!!

  5. OMG. I know what I will be making for Super Bowl Sunday.
    Thank U 4 the recipe
    ColleenB.

  6. The colors are so vibrant.. I like this recipe!

  7. Wow. This might be even something we can get our KIDS to eat!!! Most dips I make are more adult friendly (1 kid can’t eat hummus, the other doesn’t like it, neither kid likes spinach so a spinach dip is out).

    But this.

    Looks very family friendly! YUM!

  8. This needs to make an appearance at my house on Sunday. YUM!!!

  9. This looks delicious!! I itch almost every time I exercise, and I work out at least 3 hours/week. The best explanation I’ve found (for me at least) is that I don’t sweat – at all. I think my body itching is its way of trying to get that heat out, which can’t, so it reacts by making me itch. Very uncomfortable and unfortunate (also, it looks awkward when I’m in a kickboxing class and can’t help but scratch my neck or legs…) I’m sure you are still sweating, but perhaps your body is adjusting to a new way its regulating itself, post-baby.

  10. Love the look of this appetizer – makes for a great twist on a traditional dip!

  11. This is one of our favorite dips. We’ve never added olives, but are definitely going to try next time!

  12. Congrats on the baby! I had my son 3 months ago and the first 20lb went with a flash, but I had 7 stubborn lbs that REFUSED to go…I kept at it and finally lost every last pound. Keep at it and you will see results. As for this dip…my, my..I may have to break my diet for this one.

  13. Fun! Just found you via Tastespotting! We love pizza dip, but prefer to do a vegetarian version to avoid exposure to nitrates. Still tastes amazing!!!

    GREAT photos!

  14. this looks delicious and would be the perfect addition to any super bowl party!

  15. Three things:

    I love your site- I have gotten SO MANY great recipes here!

    I have the same problem with being itchy while exercising- it started after baby number one- and it is all the time (whether i have worked out before or not)- I not only itch, I get HUNDREDS of hives all over my body. And then people wonder why I consider working out torture? Seriously! The only thing I can do to help? Take Benedryl before or right after I exercise… ha ha

    And three- this dip looks just delicious…. yum!

  16. This looks absolutely delicious. Would love for you to share your gorgeous pictures with us at foodepix.com.

  17. This looks very yummy!

    I’ve definitely been itchy during exercise to the point where it’s almost painful not to itch! I’ve kinda noticed it more when I haven’t exercised, so hopefully as you get back into the swings of things, it will go away. Good luck!

  18. The recipe looks delish but especially thanks for the info on the itching. I recently had baby boy #3 and after I got the all clear went for a nice long walk/jog. I came home and started to itch and burn like crazy. Itching while exercising is normal for me also but nothing like this, glad to know I’m not alone. Also we had pizza rolls tonight, they were a hit!

  19. This looks really flavorful…Perfect for this weekend’s great party. It’s nice that your back with lots of physical activities again…Keep posting!

  20. What?!? You mean that that itching does NOT mean fat molecules are wiggling and burning up from all that energy I put into them?!? I thought that it meant my chub was burning off, too, and I’ll still attribute it to that.

  21. I want to make this for Super Bowl tomorrow and you said it was better to make it the day ahead… do you do every step except for baking it??? Thanks :)

  22. Yes. Just make everything the day ahead but don’t bake. You can of you want and just reheat it in the microwave but it’s not necessary.

  23. Loved it! And served on zucchini slices it was totally Atkins friendly!