24 oz cream cheese ( 3 – 8 oz. blocks)
1 green pepper, diced
1/4 red onion, diced
5 oz sliced pepperoni (or chopped will make it easier for dipping)
About 8 oz. (1/2 jar) Pasta / Pizza / Marinara sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)
Pita Chips, Fritos or Tortilla Chips for dipping
How to make it:
Slice the cream cheese into slices and pat into appx 9 x 13 baking dish so that it covers the bottom.
Sprinkle chopped green pepper, onion and a handful of mozzarella over cream cheese. Optional, sprinkle with some grated parmesan.
Next, layer the pepperoni over the veggies to cover completely (since posting this I have made this several more times and began using about double the pepperoni and grinding it or chopping it in small pieces so the dip is easier to scoop). Sprinkle with a little more grated parmesan and mozzarella.
Pour a thin layer of the saucer over the pepperoni and spread it out to cover completely.
Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, until sauce begins to brown around edges of pan and looks a little dry.
Top with remaining shredded mozzarella and return to over for about 10 minutes to brown or Broil for a few minutes. I broiled it here to get the cheese super bubbly. Just be sure to watch closely if you broil it because it can burn so fast!
Serve it up with Pita chips (our favorite choice) Fritos or tortilla chips…or whatever you like to crunch on!
P/S some of the kids and their friends liked it cold, the next day!
Hope you enjoy it as much as we did, and do
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