28 July 2015

Easy Pizza Dip with Cream Cheese


It's one of our family favourites. We had some last night actually. My mother-in-law Jean made some individual pizzas with mini rolls. She sauteed off onions and mushrooms before adding them to the pizzas. They were soooooooo good. We had them with some giant potato wedges and sweetcorn. A simple but rather fabulous meal. Cooper was delighted and ate three.

photo: Tesco
Of course pizza doesn't have to be on a traditional dough base. We sometimes make them with English muffins (nothing like sweet blueberry muffins, for any of my US readers, more a bread type bake that is yeasted but has a sweetness to it. They are wonderful toasted and spread with butter).

We also make pizzas with naan bread, flour tortillas or puff pastry.

This time I made some pizza dip. It is hot, oozy and tastes like pizza. Luxurious!

Dunk breadsticks, vegetable sticks or nachos. Look at it stretch. Demonstrated by my able assistant Cooper.

It's simple to make too, only a handful of ingredients. Cream cheese (Philadelphia), mozzarella, veggie style parmesan and tomato sauce are the main ingredients. I used my quick blender pizza sauce, which is super tasty, but you could use jarred tomato sauce. I topped it with slices of cherry tomato, but that is optional.

Go on make a note of this and make it for movie night, you won't be disappointed and it will go down a storm with your friends and family.

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Easy Pizza Dip
  • 1 clove garlic, cut in half
  • 100g Philadelphia soft cheese
  • 50g mozzarella, grated
  • 20g veggie style parmesan, finely grated
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 100ml pizza sauce (or shop bought tomato sauce)
  • a good grinding of black pepper
1. Preaheat your oven to 200c/180c fan/400f/gas mark 6.2. Rub an ovenproof dish with the cut garlic.3. Mix together a third of the mozzarella (roughly), the onion powder, parmesan, cream cheese & black pepper. Spread this mixture evenly in your dish.4. Spoon the pizza sauce over the cream cheese mixture, then top with mozzarella and any toppings you wish to add. I added a few slices of cherry tomato. Fresh basil would be nice either in the tomato sauce or on top.5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese has melted and is starting to brown at the edges.6. Serve with crudites.7. Enjoy!
Total time:
Yield: Makes 1 large bowl of dip

Here are some more mouth-watering pizza-that-isn't-pizza recipes:

Puff Pizza Pie with Pesto - Tinned Tomatoes
Pizza Muffins with Black Olives - Maison Cupcake

27 July 2015

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (27 July 2015)


Have you wondered where I've been?

It's so unlike me. I always post 3 or 4 times a week. On a bad week maybe twice but never just once.

I had great plans and great intentions. I even brought recipes with me, all written up, with photos.

So where are we? In North Cyprus and boy it's hot, although it's been cooler the last few days. The first week it was just too hot to do anything but swim and stay near the pool.

We had a heck of a time getting here. A couple of days before we were due to fly we discovered Cooper's passport was about to run out. I know, I know. So stupid, but we just didn't realise his was so short.

The passport office will only issue same day passports for adults, so in the end Graham flew out on the original date and we flew out 10 days later. We did get a few days together before he had to fly home. So Cooper and I are still here enjoying the sun at his Baba Anne (grandmother) and Dede's (grandfather) villa in Girne (Kyrenia), North Cyprus.

We are having a lovely time, but my poor wee blog and my lovely readers are being neglected.

The food, well it's been great. There has been plenty of pizza, pasta, salads and home-cooked meals. Not much in the way of Cypriot food as it's mostly meat based in restaurants, although I did have a really tasty durum made with fresh flatbreads.


So now we've had a wee catch up, it's time for the recipes. As usual we have had some gorgeous dishes submitted from all over the world to help you plan your week. 


Summer Rolls with Dipping Sauce

Wheat-Free Meat-Free


Malaysian Paneer and Vegetable Kebab Bowl with Brown Coconut Rice

Malaysian Paneer and Vegetable Kebab Bowl with Brown Coconut Rice
Food to Glow


Portobello Carpaccio with Grilled Tofu Steaks

Portobello Carpaccio with Grilled Tofu Steaks
The Taste Space


Antalyan Bean Salad

Antalyan White Bean Salad
The Tofu Diaries


Sweetcorn Cauliflower and Quinoa Soup

Sweetcorn, Cauliflower and Quinoa Soup
A Travelling Cook


Crushed Minted Peas on Toast with Radishes

Crushed Minted Peas on Toast with Radishes
Veggie Desserts


Mushroom Spinach and Chickpea Curry

Mushroom Spinach and Chickpea Curry
Fab Food 4 All

And as ever some bonus recipes (pity there's not more days in the week):

Thanks to everyone who contributed this week.

If you're a blogger and post a veggie recipe this week, link to this post and add your recipe to the linky below to be featured in next week's Meat Free Mondays. I can't wait to see the veggie dishes you create (main meals only please and one per blog).