Friday, July 20, 2007

Favorite Ingredients Friday for July 20

This week's theme for Favorite Ingredients Friday is Appetizers & Snacks. Here's my contribution:


One 8-ounce package cream cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup pizza sauce OR spaghetti sauce
2 Tblsp. chopped green and/or red pepper*
2 Tblsp. thinly sliced green onions*
Breadsticks or tortilla chips for dipping

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and Italian seasoning together. Spread the mixture in an ungreased microwave-safe 9-inch pie plate.

In a bowl, combine the mozzarella and the parmesan. Sprinkle half of this mixture over the cream cheese in the pie plate. Spread the sauce over the top and then sprinkle all of the remaining cheese mixture over the sauce. Top with the chopped peppers and the green onions.

Microwave the dip uncovered on High for 3 to 4 minutes, rotating the plate a half turn several times if your microwave does not have a turntable, until the cheese is almost melted. Let stand for 1 to 2 minutes before serving with breadsticks or tortilla chips.

* You can top this dip with almost anything -- I have used finely chopped pepperoni, peppers or green onions only, a combination of the three -- or I have just simply topped it with a sprinkle of pizza spice. It doesn’t seem to matter what you use -- the dip is going to get gobbled up regardless. I very often bring this to potlucks because people enjoy it so much. I usually make two of these, and there is still never any left to bring home.


  1. Anonymous10:49 AM

    Another pizza dip! Sounds great to me! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Another yummy pizza dip. Pizza is my favorite food, so I'm filing this one away for sure :)

  3. Love pizza, love cream cheese--how can this be anything but awesome?? Sounds easy too!

  4. This sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Okay, I just realized that I totally messed up on my dates when I listed the upcoming themes. Sorry. I'm actually going to do appetizers/snacks THIS Friday. Do you have another appetizer recipe that you can submit? :) This Hot Pizza Dip recipe looks fabulous, by the way. :)

    Thanks so much for participating in my Favorite Ingredients Friday recipe exchange. I do appreciate it.

  6. Hi everyone,

    Thanks for stopping by my kitchen table! Glad this dip sounds good to you... I made one of these for guests on Sunday and it got raves as always. The kids told their mom she needed to get this recipe, but she had already reached that conclusion for herself!

    Overwhelmed -- I *did* wonder when I saw that some folks had shared appetizer/snack recipes and some had not. But I just went by what you had listed for themes -- oh well, not a problem! I'm sure I can come up with another recipe to share.

    Have a great week, all!

    God bless,


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