Pizza Monkey Bread

I Stumbled upon this recipe some time ago on The Sweets Life blog. I made it for as an appetizer for a dinner gathering and it was quite a success. I adapted the recipe slightly, for clear instructions and beautiful pictures, see their site.

3-4 cloves garlic, crushed
4 Tbsp. butter
1 recipe pizza dough made with Italian Seasoning added to the dough (2 lbs. purchased pizza dough)
8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
Pepperoni, about 48 slices
2 cups marinara sauce for dipping

Make the pizza dough and allow to rise in fridge until ready to use. It took about 30 minutes to make all the little balls, then the “bread” needs to sit for another 30 minutes before baking. Since I was driving an hour to my destination, I put this in a cooler.

In a small saucepan, slowly heat the garlic and butter until the garlic just begins to turn golden. Brush the garlic butter on the inside of a bundt pan.

Pull of small balls of dough, flatten. Place a cube of cheese and a slice of pepperoni on each. Fold the dough around the filling, sealing well, forming into a ball.

Brush the each pizza ball with garlic butter and layer into the bundt pan.

Cover and allow to site for 30 minutes. Bake in a preheated oven, at 400F for 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes, invert on a plate and serve with sauce for dipping.

Process note:
I found pulling the pieces off one at a time tedious, so I cut the dough in half. Using half at a time, it into little balls all at once using a bench scraper. With all the little balls lined up, I quickly topped each with a piece of cheese and some with pepperoni, then just pressed the filling in, and formed them into rounds. My hands were quite oily with the butter so everything held together very well.


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