Cooking with 'Friends': Heather Childers' Pizza Dip


1 (8 oz.) block cream cheese, room temperature
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
¼ tsp. dried oregano
¼ tsp. dried basil
¼ tsp. garlic powder
1 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 c. pizza sauce
1 c. parmesan cheese, shredded

Optional Toppings:*
¼ c. cooked ground Italian sausage
10 slices turkey pepperoni
1 green bell pepper, diced
¼ c. mushrooms, sliced

Preheat oven to 350ºF.
In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese and spices. Spread mixture into the bottom of an oven-safe 9” deep dish pie plate.
Top cream cheese mixture with ½ cup mozzarella and spread pizza sauce over it. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the sauce and top with sausage, pepperoni, bell pepper, and mushrooms. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly.
Serve immediately with garlic toast or bread, or celery sticks.

*NOTE: Add any pizza toppings of your choice!