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Cheesy Skillet Pizza Dip

This creamy dip is oozing with cheesy goodness thanks to the combination of cream cheese and mozzarella. We topped ours with pepperoni slices, but you can easily customize it with your favorite pizza toppings. This is just one more delicious way to use your cast-iron pan. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    18 servings


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen bread dough dinner rolls, thawed
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/4 cup (3/4 ounce) sliced pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil


  • Microwave butter, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and red pepper flakes, covered, until butter is melted. Cut each dinner roll into thirds; roll each piece into a ball. Dip dough balls in butter mixture; place along outer edge of a 10-in. cast-iron skillet, leaving center open. Gently stack remaining balls on top of bottom layer, leaving some space between them. Cover and let rise until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400°. Bake until dough balls are set and beginning to brown, 15-18 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine cream cheese, 1 cup mozzarella, mayonnaise, Italian seasoning and remaining garlic powder; spoon into center of skillet. Layer with 1/4 cup mozzarella and pizza sauce. Top with remaining mozzarella and pepperoni. Brush rolls with some of remaining butter mixture; sprinkle with Parmesan.
  • Bake until dip is heated through and rolls are golden brown, about 10 minutes, covering loosely with foil as needed to prevent rolls from becoming too dark. Sprinkle with basil.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 258 calories, 20g fat (7g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 372mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


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  • buffetfan
    Jan 1, 2019

    Such a crowd pleaser! Delicious and full of cheesy flavor. Beware, though, it's messy! Have napkins and plates handy. Definitely ideal for teenagers and game day parties.

  • rena 55
    Jun 2, 2018

    Oh, my this is like the best of everything! So cheesy, doughy and just delicious! A crowd pleaser for sure!

  • rusty1957
    Oct 22, 2017

    This recipe sounds so delicious my whole family can't wait to try it.

  • Summer
    Oct 22, 2017

    Love love all of the recipes!!!!

  • KookieB
    Oct 21, 2017

    Very creative recipe! I used store made raw pizza dough as a time saver. Empty pan results! Thanks!

  • justmbeth
    Sep 24, 2017

    Wow! This was a truly amazing wonderful, ooey-gooey recipe! Why the 4 stars then? The baking instructions need some drastic alterations. 15 minutes at 400 degrees was way too hot. My oven does bake quite accurately to temperature but before the 15 minutes was up, the tops of the buns were way too dark. The frozen roll package instructions had the rolls baking at 350 degrees. Next time I will try that or 375 degrees (cast iron does retain temperature) and loosely covering with foil during the initial baking time.The 2nd round of baking needs adjusting too. It took about 25 minutes for the filling to completely heat through. I did have a gap before adding the filling while I was prepping other food, which allowed my skillet to cool off. Next time, I'll immediately fill and bake to try to less the 25 minute cooking time.Despite my rolls turning out overly cooked and dark, the dip was the star of the show. Fabulous goodness!