Recipe of the Month: Creamy Habanero Pizza Dip

Customers will love this signature dip made with green habanero hot sauce, sour cream and Italian herbs.


The sign on the wall at Cane Rosso (ilcanerosso.com) in Dallas makes it clear: If you want a side order of ranch dressing with your pizza, be prepared to pay the price—a cool $1,000. When a picture of the sign went viral on the Internet, owner Jay Jerrier, as well-known for his impish humor as for his authentic Neapolitan pies, was quick to point out that it was just a joke. Like most successful restaurateurs, he always strives to give the customers what they want. But many customers take their side dips and sauces quite seriously. Offering a signature dip—for pizza, wings, pita bread or crostini—is a good idea for any pizzeria operator looking for every marketing advantage he can find.

Ingredients

½ c. sour cream
½ c. ricotta cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
2½ tbsp. green habanero hot sauce
2 tsp. Italian herb spice blend
½ tsp. salt
½ c. mozzarella cheese
5 pepperoni slices

 

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, combine sour cream, ricotta cheese, garlic, green habanero hot sauce, Italian herb spice blend, salt and half of the mozzarella cheese. Mix well and transfer to a baking dish of your choice. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese over the top of the mixture and top with pepperoni. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or adapt timing/temperature for your style of oven.