Philly Cheesesteak Pizza Skillet Dip

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza Skillet Dip
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again....and again....and again. The only way you're getting me to watch any sort of sport is if food and booze is involved (and if the players aren't too hard on the eyes, if ya know what I mean ;)  Sorry Mr. RC!). I consider it a score any time I try a new drink or gobble up another wing (boneless, please), but the jewel on the crown, the touchdown, if you will, is diving headfirst into a big ol' thing of decadent and delicious dip. Dips are my jaaaaaamm. For real. They're my lifeline. But no, really, I could sustain myself for life on dips, and dips alone. So it's really never a question about what I'll make for the Super Bowl (or a Saturday lunch or midnight snack), but more a question of what flavor. This year, Mr. RC helped me come up with this epic creation that we are calling Philly Cheesesteak Pizza Skillet Dip. YOU GUYS. I can't even handle how insanely insane this stuff is. And so easy to make. Your kids who-are-doing-nothing-better-but-probably-destroying-some-corner-of-your-house could make it, your I'm-only-going-to-sit-on-the-couch-and-watch-the-game-because-I'm-lazy husband could make it, your friend-who-mooches-all-your-booze-so-you-should-put-them-to-work can make it, your neighbor who-always-comes-over-unannounced-so-you-never-have-enough-food can make it, YOU can even make it. Heck, I don't really care who you have make it, just make sure this philly cheesesteak pizza skillet dip gets made. You may regret a lot of things in life but I can guarantee this, you will never once regret the moment you bite into a soft, pillowy, butter ball of pizza dough smothered and dripping with the creamiest and cheesiest philly cheesesteak mixture you'll ever place in  your mouth. I have no idea who will win the game this Sunday, and frankly I don't care, but in my heart, this little skillet dip has already taken the prize.

What are your favorite game day snacks?

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PHILLY CHEESESTEAK PIZZA SKILLET DIP

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 batch of pizza dough (you can use this easy 5-minute pizza dough recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup sliced bell peppers
  • 1 cup chopped leeks or onions
  • 1 pound steak sliced stir-fry style (i.e. cut into thin strips)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 pound provolone cheese, sliced or grated
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Chopped scallions, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place a large cast iron skillet (10-12") on a medium-heat burner and add in the olive oil. After it's been heating for a few minutes, toss in the garlic. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Next, toss in the leeks and peppers. Cook for 2 minutes, then add in the steak and season with the salt. Continue cooking, stirring every so often, for 6-8 minutes, or until the meat has browned. Remove to a large bowl.

  2. To the meat mixture, add in the cream cheese, mayonnaise, yogurt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and the cheese (but make sure to set aside just a little for the top). Stir until well combined. Set aside

  3. Next, you'll want to form the pizza dough into small balls. They should be about 1-2" in size, and you should be able to get 16 out of one recipe of dough.

  4. Line the edge of the pan with the balls to form a "crust". Then pour the meat mixture into the middle and top with the remaining extra cheese. Lastly, brush the tops of the dough balls with the melted butter. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, or until the pizza dough is golden brown, the cheese has melted and the dip is bubbling.

  5. Remove from the oven and finish with a sprinkling of scallions (if desired) then serve immediately.

NOTES

  • If you happen to have any leftovers, first, consider that a miracle. This stuff is so freakin' good, your pan will probably get licked clean. But, in the case that you do, you'll want to store the dip mixture in an airtight container and wrap the pizza balls up separately in foil or a ziplock bag, storing both in the fridge. Then, simply reheat for a few minutes in the oven.