Here is yet another Super Bowl recipe. I am a huge Rachael Ray fan and have made several of her recipes over the years. This might have been on of the tops. It tasted exactly like pizza but it was a dip! I made a few changes, for our preferences and for what was available at the grocery store.
Here is the original recipe. Below is my adaptation.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 pound hot Italian sausage
1/2 white onion, chopped
4-6 cloves garlic
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup mozzarella shredded cheese
2/3 cup shredded Parmesan
1 tsp dried oregano
1 cup tomato sauce
In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook the sausage, breaking it up into little bits with a wooden spoon, until browned. Drain off all but a few tablespoons of fat from the sausage. Reduce the heat to medium, push the sausage to the sides of the pan, add the onion and garlic to the center and cook until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Mix into the sausage and remove the pan from the heat.
Preheat the broiler with the rack set 8 to 10 inches away from the heat. Combine the cream cheese with half the mozzarella and half the Parmesan. Stir in the oregano and then fold the sausage into the combined cheeses. Spread the mixture into a casserole. Top with the tomato sauce and the remaining cheese. Cover with foil and broil for 2 minutes, then uncover and broil until bubbling, about 5 minutes. Serve with the french bread.
You may want to use a spoon to break through the cheese on the first try. I highly recommend this recipe. I believe it would be a hit at any party!