Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread

Typically, when I think of monkey bread my mind instantly goes to the sweet, breakfast-y version. The kind that has been rolled in cinnamon sugar, baked and comes out of the pan with a sticky, gooey coating.  You know the kind I'm talking about and it's amazing.

Since that classic, first batch of monkey bread I've been addicted to the stuff and making various other versions ever since.  But, I have yet to make a savory version...until now.

I know there are countless ingredients that would be a great addition to a little ball of dough, but there is one thing in particular that screams at me.  Pepperoni.  And cheese.  The idea of pepperoni and cheese stuffed in little pillows of bread and rolled in garlic butter sounds amazing.

So, for my first savory version of monkey bread I present to you pepperoni pizza monkey bread.  This is everything I imagined it would be and more.  Each piece of bread is stuffed with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese, rolled in garlic butter and placed in the pan.  Right before going in the oven, it's given an extra helping of pepper jack cheese and then baked until the bread is golden and the cheese is melted.
Once it comes out, the game is one.  Pull off chunk after chunk and dip into marina sauce, it's just like little bite sized pizzas.  This bread is so easy to make and perfect for an easy meal and even a great addition to a party or game day spread.  It's so addicting and will literally disappear before your eyes.

Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread

2 Cans Pillsbury Grands! Jr. biscuits
40 Pepperoni slices
4-5 Mozzarella cheesesticks
1/2 Stick butter
2 Tsp garlic salt, plus more for dusting
1/3 Cup shredded pepper jack cheese

To serve-
Marinara sauce, homemade or store bought


Preheat oven to 350.

Place butter in a microwave safe bowl, place in microwave and heat until melted.  Add the garlic salt and stir to combine.

Spray a bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray, dust with garlic salt and set aside.

Cut biscuits in quarters.  Cut pepperoni slices in half.  Cut each mozzarella stick in 8-10 pieces, making sure there are a total of 80 pieces of cheese.

Place cheese in the center of a pepperoni half, then place in the center of each biscuit.  Wrap the dough around the pepperoni and cheese, pinching to seal.  Roll in garlic butter and place in prepared pan.  Repeat until all the bread, pepperoni and cheese is gone.  Sprinkle the pepper jack cheese over the top of the bread, place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until cheese is melted and biscuits are cooked through and golden-brown.

Remove bread from oven, gently run a knife down the sides of the pan to help release any pieces that may be stuck.  Place a plate or platter over the pan and invert the bread.  Sprinkle with additional cheese, if desired.

Pour marinara in a bowl, heat if desired and place in the center of the bread.  Serve.

Recipe source: A Lynsey Original

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