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Do you hear those school bells ringing, friends? Class is officially back in session! And while many of you may be celebrating the kiddos getting back in the classroom and getting into a good routine, there are those of you that are facing the challenges of balancing life around all of those after school activities, helping kids with homework and keeping the household afloat during all of it.
Through all of the hustle and bustle of the back-to-school season, it can be easy to let time slip away from you and have the meal you eat around the dinner table as a family be a complete afterthought. After all, many nights you may be getting home late and the busyness of the day allows little time for meal planning. But what if I told you that there’s a way that you can get a meal on the table in just 20 minutes that the whole family will go nuts for?
Hang on, folks! I’m going to show you how to rock this whole back-to-school dinner business like a boss!
During my last shopping trip at Walmart, I took a stroll down the frozen dinner aisle and passed by the Farm Rich snacks and appetizers. That motion sensor light in the door made it seem like a light was beaming straight down on them from Heaven, y’all! I knew that Farm Rich carried mozzarella sticks, so those were definitely making their way into my shopping cart, but I was really surprised by their selection of other snacks!
Their Buffalo Chicken Bites were calling my name (my family loves spicy foods,) and I knew that they would be a great solution to creating a more balanced meal for my family during those busy week nights.
And then I got to thinking about what I would serve with the Farm Rich appetizers. Most people love to dunk their chicken and cheese sticks in a sauce of some sort, but I wanted to really transform these snacks into a perfect pairing for a perfect meal that my family would love. Then it hit me: What if I skip the sauce and go with an amazingly awesome dip?!
And what better dip to dunk those delicious appetizers in than that classic cheese dish we’re ALL crazy about? That’s right, y’all. I’m talkin’ about making a super ooey gooey easy peasy cheesy pizza dip, and IT. IS. EPIC!
I’m not pulling your leg here, y’all. This is seriously a dip of epic proportions! It tastes just like a real pizza, but no crust required! The fact that this can be done in 20 minutes bumps it right up to the top of my list of favorite dips of all time. It’s a game changer!
While I was at Walmart, I picked up the remaining ingredients that I needed for the dip. I started out combining a softened brick of cream cheese, a blend of Italian seasonings and a little cheddar and mozzarella cheese in a bowl.
I spread the mixture into a greased pie dish and then added a little more mozzarella on top. I poured about a cup worth of my favorite pizza sauce over the dish and spread it around. Finally, I topped it with a layer of Parmesan cheese, more mozzarella cheese and my family’s favorite toppings. (You can find the full recipe below.)
I popped the pizza dip into the oven preheated at 350 F and let it cook for 15 minutes, or until the cheese was nice and bubbly. While that was baking away, I broke out the Farm Rich appetizers and got those ready to go.
I really believe that Farm Rich had busy parents like me in mind when they created their products. The easiness and convenience of them really make them a freezer staple item for my family! I’ve never had any other frozen snack or appetizer that can even remotely compare to the mozzarella sticks and buffalo chicken bites that I fixed to go with the pizza dip. I’m itching to go back and try all of the other varieties they offer!
The instructions on the back of the box were easy to follow, and within just a few minutes both the cheese sticks and chicken bites were ready to devour!
The pizza dip came out of the oven and was cooked to perfection. One of my favorite things about this dip is that you can truly customize it just like you would a real pizza. If the kids don’t like veggies but you do, put the veggies on one side! Add some mushrooms, pineapple, jalapenos, or just keep it at cheese and pepperoni only. It’s up to you!
Here’s a free printable version of the recipe if you’d like to give it a try. In addition to dipping mozzarella sticks and buffalo chicken bites in it, you can try it with garlic bread, tortilla chips or your favorite cracker!
- 8 ounce package of cream cheese - softened
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp oregano
- ¼ tsp basil
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- 2½ cups mozzarella cheese - divided
- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- pepperoni + additional toppings (optional) - I added green bell pepper and black olives to mine!
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, spices, ½ cup mozzarella cheese and cheddar cheese.
- Evenly spread mixture into a greased pie dish
- Top cream cheese mixture with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese
- Pour pizza sauce over mozzarella cheese
- Top with parmesean cheese, followed by remaining mozzarella cheese
- Add your favorite pizza toppings on top and bake for 15 minutes, or until cheese if bubbly
- Serve immediately with chips, crackers, garlic bread, or Farm Rich mozzarella sticks or buffalo wings (they're an insanely delicious pairing with this dip!)
Not only is this meal perfect for the busy back-to-school season, but it’s also a big winner on game days and at parties! Getting to dunk a delicious buffalo chicken bite or cheesy mozzarella stick into the it is just the icing on the cake!
Is back-to-school season super busy for you? Are you ever left feeling like you don’t have much time to get a meal on the table that your family will love? If so, swing by the frozen food section at Walmart and pick up a few varieties of Farm Rich snacks to keep on hand. While you’re at it, pick up the ingredients you’ll need to make this crazy easy pizza dip and put a little “yum” into your busy back-to-school routine!
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