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Serve up this Face Pie Dip and make an impression with your Halloween guests! The creepy face made of pie crust will immediately draw them in. And then, just below the spooky surface, lies a flavorful savory cheese dip that is sure to keep them coming back for more. If they’re brave enough to dare to dip, that is.
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Cheese dip is a classic party food. But when including it as part of a Halloween party menu, I think it’s important to take it to the next level. And since RO*TEL® is known for delivering bold, adventurous flavor, I can’t think of a better way to create an appetizer that is big, bold and daring.
Why You’ll Love This Halloween Face Pie Dip Recipe
- It is unique and unusual, which makes it’s a great conversation starter. The perfect addition to your Halloween party buffet table.
- You can prepare this cheese dip ahead of time and then keep refrigerated until you’re ready to bake it.
- This is a flavorful and savory appetizer which is a welcome alternative to the Halloween sweet treats overload.
- With only a few simple ingredients, this Face Pie Dip comes together in about 15 minutes!
Tips For Making Halloween Face Pie Dip
- Bring the face a bit more to life by making the nose and eyebrow shapes to go under the large layer of pie crust. This will give the nose and eyebrows shape.
- Cut the shapes and the eyes a bit larger than normal as the pie crust will shrink a bit during baking.
- Add some black or red food dye to the egg wash to give the face more depth. You can also directly paint on (using a new, clean small paint brush) the food dye to different parts of the pie crust.
- Make sure not to cover the entire face with the egg wash. You want only parts of the “skin” to be dark to give the illusion of a botched face.
- You can make and assemble the entire Face Dip Pie and refrigerate one day before serving. Bake right before ready to serve.
Tips for Serving This Halloween Face Dip Pie
- Be sure to serve this cheese dip warm, with sliced baguette, tortilla chips, and assorted cut-up veggies.
- Looking to serve up a more kid-friendly face pie dip? Cut out cute Jack O’ Lantern face shapes using pie crust or puff pastry.
- For a super fun Halloween dinner party starter or side, make individual face pies using small 3 1/2″ sized cast iron skillets.
More Disturbing Halloween Dishes
If you love this Halloween Dip, you’ll want to check out my recipes for Halloween Deviled Eggs, No-Bake Halloween Treats, Poison Apple Halloween Cocktails. For more Halloween inspiration, check out the RO*TEL® site!
- 16 oz cream cheese 2 blocks, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed pepper flakes
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided
- 2 10 ounce cans RO*TEL® Original Diced Tomatoes drained
- 2 rolled pie crusts
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 teaspoon water
- Black food dye
- Sliced baguette or chips for serving
- In a large bowl mix together cream cheese, spices, 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese, and diced tomatoes.
- Pour into prepared skillet or pie plate. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
- Unroll both pie crusts. You will be using one to cover the face and one to make the details.
- Take a small 2-inch sized ball of dough and shape into a nose. Take 2 more 1-inch sized balls and shape into eyebrows.
- Place nose and eyebrows over the dip in the proportionate positions.
- Place the full round pie crust dough over the dip.
- Fold the edges of the pie dough over the edges of the pan.
- Using a sharp knife, cut out the eyes, make holes for the nostrils, and a mouth. Make holes larger than usual as it will shrink during baking.
- With remaining dough, cut out different shapes to look like excess skin. Roll small balls of dough to look like worts.
- Whisk together egg, water, and a small drop of black food dye.
- Brush parts of the face with the egg wash to give it more depth.
- Bake dip for 20-25 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbling.
- Remove from the oven. If the pie crust face holes have closed slightly during baking, simply re-cut with a sharp knife.
- Serve dip warm with sliced baguette or tortilla chips.
To make more kid-friendly dips, use puff pastry or pie crust and cut out jack-o-lantern faces. Place over dip, brush with egg wash, and bake.