Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Dip tastes just like eating pizza! Grab a little bread from the side of the pan and dip until your heart is content!
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Cook pepperoni in your cast-iron skillet until crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel covered plate and set aside. Add oil to skillet, over medium to medium high heat, and wait until it shimmers or a drop of water flicked in it dances. Add garlic and stir off heat for about 30 seconds. Transfer garlic and oil to a small bowl and set aside.
Place your defrosted dough on lightly floured work surface. Press and roll into a square about 8 inches by 8 inches. Cut dough into approximately 30 pieces. Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll into a tight ball. Dip into your garlic oil and place along the inside edge of your skillet. Keep the center of the skillet clear for the dip mixture. Place remaining dough balls on top of the first layer, in the seams of the dough, creating another layer, around the edge of your skillet. Cover with greased plastic wrap and st aside for about 20 minutes.
Remove your plastic wrap and bake for 20 minutes, when the rolls are starting to brown. In the meantime, using a handheld mixer, in a medium sized bowl, combine cream cheese and pizza sauce. Add in your shredded cheese and about 3/4 of the cooked pepperoni. Add cheesy mixture to the center of your skillet. and bake for another 10 minutes. Dip will be hot and buns an even more golden brown color. Sprinkle remaining pepperoni on top of dip and serve. Enjoy!
This recipe originated with the fabulous folks over at Americas Test Kitchen.