A slight snafu and suddenly I had lots of leftover pizza dip. We couldn’t possibly eat it all. I never thought that day would arrive, because pizza dip is straight up yum, but last week we had a pizza dip situation. What ensued will be remembered as the epic game of transform the pizza dip. Me vs. Leftover Pizza Dip.
It all started when Allyn told me he planned to make pizza dip for his work potluck. “Great,” I said, “make a double batch and we’ll eat it for dinner.” I was too excited from my cooking night off. I was giddy, not thinking straight. A “batch” is a party-size amount, way too much for our family…and then Allyn came home with leftover dip from the party. We ate the party leftovers for dinner the next night and the following lunch, and we still had a full casserole-size pizza dip in the fridge-far too much pizza dip for us to consume –ever. So, I froze pizza dip (we’ll see how that turns out) and still there was pizza dip staring me in the face. I knew another round of pizza dip for dinner would not be well-received, so I had to make something out of pizza dip that didn’t in any way appear to be pizza dip, pizza-like was suitable (my family loves pizza in all shapes and forms) but nothing that required dough (because I said so), and it had to be easy (because easy is good). There. The parameters were set. Let the game begin.
My family was pizza dipped out so this had to be an epic transformation that required very little prep. The dip was supposed to make my life easier but with leftovers no longer cutting it, it was time for the next best thing, time to pull out the big guns, time to switch it up and throw together a 2fer, the elusive switch-pitcher, the rare ability of some leftovers to transform into a seemingly different meal. I mixed the pizza dip with some eggs and spaghetti and put the ‘crust’ into a pie pan. Then I topped the pizza pie with red sauce, two cheeses, and our favorite pizza toppings. Ta-da: Pizza Spaghetti Pie. The leftover pizza dip melted into the noodles forming a most delicious spaghetti noodle crust. It looked like pizza (always a plus in our household) and not pizza dip. Nobody was the wiser. It instantly became a family favorite. All ate seconds. Toddler ate thirds. Home run!
Best part: you can dress it up in many fun ways. Top it with Bolognese sauce and call it a Spaghetti Pizza Pie or top it with Italian sausage, peppers, and onions and call it delicious, just don’t call it a dip.