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Slow-Cooker Pizza Dip ~ #SundaySupper

That title lured you to my blog, didn’t it? I knew it would. There’s no resisting a title of that caliber. Garlic bread. Pizza. Dip. Slow-cooker. All scrolled on one line. It’s enticing.

Pizza is great on its own, but turn it into a dip made with spicy sausage, green peppers, and a generous helping of parmesan and mozzarella cheese and you, my friend,  have yourself a party.

The Superbowl is just hours away. Squirrel and I are especially excited–Squirrel more than me–because our team is playing in the Super Bowl. This isn’t just any Super Bowl; this is THE Super Bowl, or, as everyone is calling it, The Harbowl.  Two brothers facing off for the championship… now that’s exciting! I kind of feel bad for the parents. I mean, who are they supposed to cheer for? Go teams? I suppose it’s a win-win for them; either way, one of their sons is going to win the Super Bowl.

This game is particularly special and profound for the Raven’s and the fans because we’re saying good-bye to a dear friend, and amazing linebacker. The Super Bowl marks the last game Ray Lewis will ever play; after a 17-year career, Ray is retiring from the game. He was the heart and soul of the Ravens and will be missed dearly.

I like football, don’t get me wrong, but I really like food. My husband is a huge football fan, and an even bigger Raven’s fan. I’m sure you remember this post with the purple tree and decked-out man cave. Yeah, HUGE fan. A bit obsessive, even. The man eats, breathes, and sleeps football.

Squirrel is nothing but consistent when it comes to food. Every Saturday during football season he comes to me with his game day requests, “So, whatcha makin’ me for the game?” Apparently, he thinks I’m his personal game-day chef. And, since I love cooking, I throw the man a bone, “I don’t know, Squirrel, what would you like me to make you?” I caught the man looking through cooking magazines the other day. When I caught him, he said, “I’m trying to find something good for you to make me for the game.” This garlicky bread bowl pizza dip is what he found. Me being the queen of adaptation, I made it my own.

I’ve already made this dip twice. The first time I made it, I baked it in a garlicky bread bowl. Sounds delicious, right? Well, it was; only it was hard to eat. Definitely not crowd-friendly food. Trying to tear the bread apart was a chore, and the bread soaked up most of the sauce, creating a dry dip. Dry dip is not good dip, so I decided to go down a different path.

I browned the spicy sausage with some red pepper flakes and threw it in the slow-cooker with pizza sauce, onions, green peppers, garlic, and parmesan cheese. I toasted up garlic and butter soaked French bread to use as the dippers. The result was delicious; tastes just like pizza without the crust.

The toasted bread makes for easy dipping without the mess and headache of a bread bowl. Your Super Bowl guests will love it!

Go Ravens! Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Pizza Dip

Pizza in the form of a dip. Loaded with sausage, peppers, and cheese, this dip is sure to please a crowd. Dunk with toasted garlic garlic, pita, or tortilla chips.

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients:

Pizza Dip:

1 pound hot sausage, casings removed (I use Jimmy Dean)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup green pepper, diced
1 cup onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 ounce) can pizza sauce (Don Pepino is my fav)
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
Salt & Pepper to taste

Garlic Bread Dippers:

1 French baguette, sliced into 1/2-inch slices
1 stick unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4-1/3 cup parmesan cheese

Directions:

Pizza Dip:

In the insert of your slow-cooker, add green peppers, onions, garlic, pizza sauce, and parmesan cheese.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and red pepper flakes. Brown the sausage until it's cooked through, breaking it up with your spatula or wooden spoon as you go.

Add the cooked sausage to the slow-cooker with the rest of the ingredients.

Cook on low for 4 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in mozzarella cheese right before serving.

Garlic Bread Dippers:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Line a sheet pan with the French baguette slices.

In a small sauce pan over low heat, add the butter and garlic cloves. Cook until the butter is melted, stirring occasionally. Once the butter is melted, add the salt and Italian seasoning. Cook on low for two minutes, stirring occasionally.

Using a pastry brush, coat the slices with the butter mixture. Top with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.

Bake for 5-7 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown.

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38 Responses to “Slow-Cooker Pizza Dip ~ #SundaySupper”

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    Kim@Treats & Trinkets — February 3, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Yum, Jennie. I like your version better, I think. I never got the point of dip in a bread bowl– you can’t use the bread until the dip is gone. But this dip sounds spicy, yummy, and oh-so tasty.

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    Renee — February 3, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Love the easy of cooking this dip in a slow cooker. Plus I like the garlicky crostini to go with it too. Great choice instead of the bread bowl.

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — February 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    OMG! This is like the best dip EVER! Gorgeous pictures, Jennie! xo

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    • Jennie replied February 5th, 2013 at 8:25 am

      Thanks, Anna! The kiddos devoured the dip. I only got a spoonful :(

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — February 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I just want to like…live in a world where I can eat thousands of those toasted garlic bread dippers…..oh yes.

    This dip looks amazing too-don’t get me wrong! But that toasty garlicky bread…..ohhhh

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    • Jennie replied February 5th, 2013 at 8:25 am

      Kayle, come with me over to the dark side where it’s filled with cupcakes, cookies, and garlic bread dippers! Wee!

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    Jen @JuanitasCocina — February 3, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Ohhhhh…it’s dangerous for me that this is done in a slow cooker. I can set it and forget it allllll the time!

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    • Jennie replied February 5th, 2013 at 8:24 am

      I love that infomercial! I set it and forget it all the time.

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    CCU — February 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    PIZZA DIP?! GENIUS :)
    This looks delicious!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    • Jennie replied February 5th, 2013 at 8:23 am

      Thanks, Uru!

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    Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) — February 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Uhhhh. YUMMM!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 3, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    The food is the best part of the Super Bowl, especially with this amazing pizza dip is involved!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — February 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Ugh, I wish I knew of a party to make this for today! Everyone I know is either busy with other things, sick, or watching at a bar. Might need to just make it for myself.

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    • Jennie replied February 3rd, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Erin, if you make it for yourself, you don’t have to share.

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    Liz — February 3, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    The last couple times our team has been in the Super Bowl, my hubby won’t even eat till after the game! Too nervous…LOL. I might be apple to get him to snack on some of your wonderful pizza dip, though :)

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    • Jennie replied February 5th, 2013 at 8:23 am

      Liz, my hubby is the same way. He barely ate during the game on Sunday. I told him I wasn’t going to break my back in the kitchen for him again if he isn’t going to eat.

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    Emily @ Life on Food — February 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    This dish is like a dream come true for me and even better that it is from a crock pot. I could eat bread and dip like this forever!

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    • Jennie replied February 5th, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Thanks, Emily! Slow-cooker dishes are my fav!

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    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs — February 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Jennie, this looks awesome! Perfect for any party and simple to put together. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Jennie replied February 5th, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Thanks, Whitney. It’s a no-fuss appetizer, and no-fuss is the best kind of appetizer.

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    Family Foodie — February 4, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Wow! We love pizza dip but have never tried one in the slow cooker… can’t wait to try this gorgeous recipe!

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    • Jennie replied February 5th, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Thanks, Isabel. Your family will love it.

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — February 4, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Ooh. I don’t need a football game to eat this. It’s Monday. Let’s celebrate! :)

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    • Jennie replied February 5th, 2013 at 8:20 am

      That’s what I’m talkin’ about, Anita. You’re my kinda foodie!

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    Bree {Skinny Mommy} — February 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I love this! I think you could swap in spicy Italian chicken sausage and it could be skinny too. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Jennie replied February 5th, 2013 at 8:20 am

      Thanks, Bree! Chicken sausage would work great in this dip. You could even substitute a whole wheat baguette, too.

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    Soni — February 4, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Ooh I need a bite of this so bad!!Love the sausage,peppers and cheese all together in a dip.Perfect for Superbowl and hope you’re celebrating your team’s victory :)

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    Natalie — February 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Drooool. I would eat the whole thing.

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    • Jennie replied February 5th, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Thanks, Natalie! The kids at the party devoured it.

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    Susan — February 4, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Out of all the pizza dips out there, I can say yours is my favorite. I like that it’s more saucy than cheesy! Means I can eat more and not feel bad!

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    • Jennie replied February 5th, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Thanks, Susan. Don’t you love it when you don’t have to feel guilty? If you want to get real healthy, you could even use whole wheat baguette instead.

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    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — February 5, 2013 at 9:36 am

    This sounds sooooo good!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — February 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    This is my kind of dip! Great idea to use garlic bread for dippers!

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    shannon — February 5, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    i mean, yes; the title DID lure me in. but obviously, if you put “pizza” and “dip” in a title together, that’s totally going to happen. and slow-cooker? ALWAYS a plus. Except for i have to wait for it, but i’ll take waiting over kitchen hassle any day.

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 5, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    This dip looks incredible! I love using the slow cooker for party recipes. Takes a bit of the load off!

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    Terra — February 8, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I spy Wood Chuck Cider, my favorite! And you basically had me at pizza, since I am a pizza addict afterall! Your dip sounds fun and delicious! Hugs, Terra

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    Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite — October 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Pizza dip has become my new addiction. It is so easy to throw together when I am in the mood for pizza but just don’t have the time to make one. :)

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    • Jennie replied October 9th, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Exactly, Laura. Thanks for stopping by.

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