Feb 152013
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Bubbles’ birthday party is next weekend and I’ve been working on our menu.  Most of the party ideas I found earlier were for sweets and decor; only one of them was for something to go with the meal.  And while Minnie Oreo pops and cupcakes sound delicious, I think our guests might also like something savory.  Appetizers, dips, and finger sandwiches all came to mind as they’re usually easy to throw together and people can graze while they talk and hang out.

My husband makes a great cheesy sausage dip that we often have for family gatherings and tailgating but I thought maybe for this party we’d have something just a bit different.  I don’t want to serve my guests anything I haven’t tried before, though, so for the last few days I’ve been cooking up small batches of dip to sample.  One that I found that I like is the Pleasing Pizza Dip submitted by Jennifer Crsip to Gooseberry Patch’s new cookbook Slow Cooking All Year ‘Round.

Slow Cooker Recipes: Pizza Dip from Gooseberry Patch's Slow Cooking All Year 'Round

Slow Cooker Pleasing Pizza Dip

1 C ground Italian pork sausage, browned & drained
1 C pepperoni, diced
2 8oz packages cream cheese, cubed
2 C shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 C sour cream
2 1/2 C pizza sauce
2 1/2 T dried oregano
2 tsp. garlic powder
tortilla chips

Combine all ingredients except tortilla chips in a slow cooker.  Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until dip is smooth and warmed through.  Serve warm with tortilla chips.  Serves 10-12.

Slow Cooker Recipes: Pizza Dip from Gooseberry Patch's "Slow Cooking All Year 'Round" Cookbook

What I love about this recipe is that you can mix it up to include your favorite pizza toppings.  I’m not sure if all our guests like mushrooms, but the next time I make this for just our family (for a football game or just to snack on during the weekend) I will probably add a small can of sliced mushrooms.  Or maybe ground beef instead of sausage plus a handful of diced bacon.  Lots of possibilities!

Slow Cooker Recipes From Gooseberry Patch

Many of you have asked for more slow cooker recipes so you should definitely check out the Slow Cooking All Year ‘Round cookbook.  We have also made the Beef Stroganoff and I’m looking forward to trying the Apple Cider Pork Chops and Hot Fudge Sundae Cake.  There are over 225 recipes in total, and they cover everything from appetizers and sauces to desserts and beverages. It’s also broken down into four sections, one for each season, so no matter what time of year you’ll be able to find exactly what you need.

Throughout the year I’ll be bringing you many more new recipes and books from Gooseberry Patch as one of their official 2013 Reviewers.  I’ll also have a copy of each book to give away, starting with Slow Cooking All Year ‘Round.  Giveaway closed.

What are your favorite slow cooker recipes?

I received a copy of the above book in order to facilitate my review. No additional compensation was received and all opinions, as always, are 100% that of myself and my family.

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  31 Responses to “Slow Cooker Recipes: Cheesy Pizza Dip”

  1. chili! :)

  2. This looks like a delicious recipe! I like to make vegetable soup and let it cook all day long.

  3. If it’s a recipe, I try to make it in the slow cooker! I love finding a way to use it for everything. My latest was making apple crumb..very good! :)

  4. Yum! You can’t go wrong with sour cream and cream cheese mixed together.

  5. Love to cook a Pork Roast

  6. love chili

  7. I love making pulled pork in the crock pot

  8. I love to make roast beef!

  9. Holy cow that looks so yummy! I have to make this!

  10. This dip would have been perfect for my dad’s big super bowl party!

  11. This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Pulled pork or beef stew – yum!

  13. chili


  15. I have several…yesterday I made baby back ribs and they were soooo good

  16. I like to make roasts in the crockpot – great to come home to.

  17. My favorite thing to make in my slow cooker is roast with mushrooms, onions, potatoes and carrots!

  18. I like making vegetable beef soup

  19. I love making smothered steak

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