Last week while in Montreal, I got to spend some quality time with friends. Although I don't get to see them as often as I'd like, when I do get to hang out, it's like I never left. That's when you know it's the real thing.
I can't think of a better way to spend an evening with friends than to share a meal. When someone cooks for you or when you cook for someone it is an act of love. And there was a lot of love being thrown around that night. The meal was delicious in its simplicity. I'm looking for simplicity in my life lately. No fuss, no nonsense, no drama. A sense of comfort to keep me warm and I can't think of anything better than eating with friends and family.
And this is the famous pizza dip. It's addictive and oh-so-good. But you don't have to take my word for it. Take a look at the almost empty plate. This picture was taken about 15 minutes after it was put on the table. We wiped it clean soon thereafter.
Pizza dip is a great dish to serve at parties. It's easy to make and I can't think of one person who has tried it and didn't say it was amazing. I asked permission publish my friend's recipe so without further ado, the easy pizza dip recipe.
1 package cream cheese (leave it out on the counter to soften)
1 can tomato sauce
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1 bell pepper chopped (red or orange look prettiest)
Find a pretty plate and begin spreading the cream cheese to form the base layer. You should have a layer about 1/2 cm. thick.
Spoon over the tomato sauce. You don't want to add too much, just enough to add a little tomato flavor. You may or may not go through the entire can depending on its size.
Next, layer the grated cheese, olives and bell peppers. Refrigerate for an hour. Serve with tortilla chips. Use scoop-shaped chips.
Now depending on how many plates of the dip you'll be making, you'll want to adjust your quantities accordingly. If you are having a party, I suggest making at least 2 plates and putting them around the room. Crowds follow the dip, I swear.
And now, a little bit of food news... The Essential New York Times Cookbook is out. Awesome! Compiled by Times food writer Amanda Hesser, this cookbook includes recipes published in the paper since the 19th century. Can you believe that? Dubbed "a chronicle of American culinary history" this cookbook contains over 1,400 recipes. Just in time for the holidays! It's definitely on my wish list. If you're excited about this book, treat yourself with a copy of the cookbook.
Oh, and stay tuned all week as I post comfort food recipes, perfect to make on a chilly fall night.