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Pepperoni Pizza Dip for March Madness palooza

NCAA tournament bracket deadlines are rapidly approaching and the watch parties and hooky fests from work start Thursday! Need an easy yet awesome recipe to throw together for your friends coming over to watch the game – or two, or eight? We are all about this recipe we found on www.chowhound.com in a section of their website dedicated to March Madness. Check it out and pass the breadsticks!!

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Ingredients (10)

2 1/2 cups shredded whole-milk mozzarella (about 8 ounces)

2 ounces pepperoni slices (about 26 thin slices), quartered

8 ounces cream cheese, cut into large pieces

7 ounces whole-milk ricotta cheese (about 1 cup)

1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 ounce)

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes

1 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 1/2 pounds toasted ciabatta, soft breadsticks, or garlic bread, for serving

Instructions

Heat the oven to 375°F and arrange a rack in the middle.

Place half of the mozzarella, half of the pepperoni, the cream cheese, ricotta, Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes, salt, oregano, and red pepper flakes in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Process until smooth, about 45 seconds (there may still be a few small bits of pepperoni).

Transfer the mixture to a 9-inch pie plate and smooth the top. Evenly sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and pepperoni.

Bake until the dip is heated through and bubbling around the edges and the cheese on top is melted, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately with the ciabatta bread, breadsticks, or garlic bread for dipping.