We really liked it - the seasoned butter really adds an extra layer of richness to each bite. I also ended up using sourdough bread (they didn't have regular bread at the bakery at our local supermarket this time), and I think I'll stick with it next time! It was so cheesy and gooey - just how I like my pizza.
I thought it was a little funny yesterday when Ryan and I were making dinner. While I was stuffing the loaf of bread with pizza fixings, he asked me a simple question:
"So... are you just getting bored?"
This cracked me up. Why not just make pizza?! He's right. I do tend to over-complicate dinner sometimes, and I've been doing it before I even started blogging. Instead of making regular pizza, I chose to make Pull-Apart Pizza Bread. Instead of making a regular pie, I made Mini-Pie Bites. It's an addiction, I tell you! This doesn't mean I don't appreciate the standards, though. I mean, if a regular Chocolate Chip Cookie 'ain't broke, why fix it? ... then again... I did make Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies that one time...
Pepperoni Pizza Pull-Apart Bread
1 round loaf of sourdough bread
2 C Shredded mozzarella Cheese
1 package mini-pepperoni
3 T butter, melted
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t dried oregano
3 T shredded Parmesan Cheese
Pizza/Marinara sauce for dipping
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. With a sharp bread knife, cut slits about one inch apart horizontally, then vertically, into the bread almost to the bottom of the loaf - careful not to cut too deep (you still want the pieces to be attached to each other).
3. Move loaf of bread to an aluminum foil covered cookie sheet.
4. Stuff (and yes, you can fit a ton in there) pepperoni and mozzarella cheese in each of the slits.
5. Combine butter, oregano and garlic powder in a small cup. With a pastry brush, brush the seasoned butter over the entire loaf.
6. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
7. Cover with another piece of aluminum foil, bake for 15 minutes.
8. Unwrap bread, bake another 10 minutes until slightly golden.
9. Serve with warm marinara/pizza sauce.
Recipe slightly adapted from: Let's Dish.
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