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pepperoni pizza monkey bread

A few days ago, I was sitting outside and it was 60 degrees. Today it is snowing. I love winter. I am one of those rare people that loves being cold, bundled up, and craves snow days. But even I am over this winter.

Winter, I don’t want you to think that I don’t love you, I really do. But you’re killin’ me. Enough already.

In the meantime, I suggest dealing with winter by embracing carbs. Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread does the trick. I call it coping, okay?

Applegate sent me a really cute pizza making kit to introduce their new mini pepperoni. It was a perfect snow day activity. Except that the kids were too engrossed by Minecraft to help me. Which was okay, because I had a lot of fun making this on my own. As soon as they smelled it baking, they appeared out of nowhere and were amazed that I made something a) so fun and b) with pepperoni.

I normally don’t buy pepperoni. The kids think that I am the fun police when it comes to pepperoni. But now that I have a healthier version to buy I might reconsider my stance.

I used a recipe from Cook’s Country, it is more method than recipe, but I didn’t follow it exactly. If I had, then I would have had completely enclosed dough balls. I will fight you for the crispy burnt bits, so I was totally okay with my cheese melting. If you have more patience than me, then take your time.

pepperoni pizza monkey bread

2 balls pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
4 ounce package Applegate Natural Uncured Mini Pork Pepperoni
3 Tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
8 mozzarella cheese sticks
Tomato sauce for dipping (I love the sauces from Scarpetta)

pepperoni pizza monkey bread recipe

Microwave pepperoni in a bowl until it gives off some fat, 60 to 90 seconds. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate using tongs, and reserve the oil. Pat the pepperoni dry.

pepperoni pizza monkey bread recipe

Add the olive oil to the pepperoni oil. In another small bowl, combine Parmesan and oregano.

pepperoni pizza monkey bread recipe

Brush a Bundt pan with a little of the pepperoni oil.

pepperoni pizza monkey bread recipe

Roll out the pizza dough into an 18×9 inch rectangle. Let it rest for 15 minutes. Lay a row of pepperoni 2 inches from the edge. Lay 4 mozzarella sticks across. Sprinkle half of the Parmesan cheese mixture over the top.

pepperoni pizza monkey bread recipe

Roll up and seal the edges.

pepperoni pizza monkey bread recipe

Using a sharp knife, cut in half. Pinch the sides, and then cut the log into thirds and pinch those edges. (Mine didn’t stay shut, but I didn’t try very hard. I kind of like the idea of them being all gooey and melty.)

pepperoni pizza monkey bread recipe

Place the dough balls into the Bundt pan. Brush on more of the pepperoni oil.

pepperoni pizza monkey bread recipe

Do the same thing with the second ball of dough and remaining ingredients. I sort of smooched them down a little. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes. Adjust your oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

pepperoni pizza monkey bread

Bake until brown, about 40 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, let stand for 10 minutes.

pepperoni pizza monkey bread recipe

Place the serving dish on top and carefully flip over. Sprinkle with a little extra Parmesan, why not? Serve with tomato sauce.

Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread

Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 balls pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • 4 ounce package Applegate Natural Uncured Mini Pork Pepperoni
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 8 mozzarella cheese sticks
  • Tomato sauce for dipping

Instructions

  1. Microwave pepperoni in a bowl until it gives off some fat, 60 to 90 seconds. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate using tongs, and reserve the oil. Pat the pepperoni dry.
  2. Add the olive oil to the pepperoni oil. In another small bowl, combine Parmesan and oregano.
  3. Brush a Bundt pan with a little of the pepperoni oil.
  4. Roll out the pizza dough into an 18x9 inch rectangle. Let it rest for 15 minutes. Lay a row of pepperoni 2 inches from the edge. Lay 4 mozzarella sticks across. Sprinkle half of the Parmesan cheese mixture over the top.
  5. Roll up and seal the edges. Using a sharp knife, cut in half. Pinch the sides, and then cut the log into thirds and pinch those edges.
  6. Place the dough balls into the Bundt pan. Brush on more of the pepperoni oil. Do the same thing with the second ball of dough and remaining ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes. Adjust your oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  7. Bake until brown, about 40 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, let stand for 10 minutes. Place the serving dish on top and carefully flip over. Serve with tomato sauce.
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13 Responses to Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread

  1. Kathy says:

    My friend just gave me a copy of the Cook’s Country with this on the cover! My kids would love this for dinner! It’s definitely going on the menu!

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  3. Shannon says:

    You know, I made a sweet Monkey Bread a while ago and thought a savoury one would be delicious. You must have read my mind! What a great idea for a kids party!

    P.S. Those crispy pepperoni bits are divine. There’s a local pizza shop that puts crispy pepperoni on top of a pepperoni pizza (a Twofer!). I would not hesitate to cut and fry up little bits and sprinkle those into the cavities of this dish.

    • bakedbree says:

      My kids were over the moon about this. It was really fun to put that on the table and see their faces. Crispy pepperoni is BOMB.

  4. Christina says:

    This is right up my alley! I’ve made sweet monkey bread before (with cinnamon, raisins, etc) but never thought to make a savory one! Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. Oooo…I love any kind of pizza hybrid. This is so getting pinned on my board!

  7. Rachel says:

    LOL, this is likely to become my favorite thing to make. I love anything that’s pizza flavored, and this is soooo easy to do. Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to try it :)

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