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Karin Calloway

Food columnist for The Augusta Chronicle.

Lauren's Pizza Dip

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One dish that someone usually brings to our annual Super Bowl party is pizza dip. It’s a party favorite that’s as simple as spreading a block of cream cheese in a pie plate, topping with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni and baking it.

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Lauren's Pizza Dip is a party favorite that’s as simple as spreading a block of cream cheese in a pie plate, topping with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni and baking it.

But my friend Lauren Spivey’s Pizza Dip has a little more going on, and it’s so delicious that I’ve seen a group of grown men devour it in minutes. The base is a combination of cream cheese and sour cream seasoned with oregano, garlic powder and cayenne. She chops her pepperoni and sprinkles it over some pizza sauce along with chopped green onions. The last component is a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese.

LAUREN’S PIZZA DIP

1 8 ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

½ cup reduced-fat sour cream

¼ teaspoon dried oregano

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon ground red pepper

¾ cup pizza sauce

½ cup chopped pepperoni

¼ cup chopped green onions

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Corn chips, for serving

Beat first 5 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended; spread evenly in a lightly greased 9 inch pie plate. Spoon pizza sauce evenly over the top; sprinkle with chopped pepperoni and top with green onions.

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Sprinkle on top with mozzarella cheese and bake 10 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve with chips.

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