Saturday, February 1, 2014

Pizza Monkey Bread

Pizza Monkey Bread
I've tried enough Pinterest-inspired recipes now to know not to take most of them seriously. If it looks too good to be true, then it usually is. I'm sorry, but decent orange chicken just can't be made in a Crock-Pot. So I didn't really pay much attention to the Pizza Monkey Bread thing...until Cook's Country featured it on the cover of their most recent magazine. Then I was willing to try it!

So if you're rooting for the Broncos for the Superbowl this year, I suggest you make this delicious snack! If you're rooting for the Seahawks...Pinterest has some great orange chicken Crock-Pot recipes.
Pizza Monkey Bread
The best thing about this recipe is all easy ingredients. 3T EVOO, string cheese, 5 ounces pepperoni, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, and 3/4 cup parmesan cheese. OH, and two pizza dough balls (1 lbs each). Store bought, from the deli. Believe it or not, that's what America's Test Kitchen said worked the best. Those people could tell me to put jelly in my sauerkraut and heck, I'd do it.

{Too bad my deli was sold out of regular dough balls so I had to use whole wheat. But I think regular would work best for this recipe. Unless you're a health nut, in which case you'd probably never make a recipe like this anyway.}
Pizza Monkey Bread
First, I rolled those dough balls out just slightly into rectangle shapes.
{Why is pizza dough so annoyingly elastic? Fortunately, this works to my favor later on. But still, irritating.}
Pizza Monkey Bread
I covered those doughs and left them to rest for about 20 minutes.
Pizza Monkey Bread
While the dough is resting, I took my 5 ounces of pepperoni and placed it in a microwave safe bowl {Pyrex, of course}, and put it in the microwave it for about 75 seconds, until fat rendered.
Pizza Monkey Bread
Save that pepperoni grease! One thing America's Test Kitchen/Cook's Country has taught me is that flavor can be found in great places, like pepperoni grease and fond. I mixed in the olive oil with the pepperoni grease.
Pizza Monkey Bread
And about 2 tablespoons of that oil mix went into the Bundt pan.
Pizza Monkey Bread
Next I mixed my parmesan with the oregano.
Pizza Monkey Bread
Then I took my dough out, one at a time, and went to work stretching it out.
Pizza Monkey Bread
I formed it into a large rectangle, about 9" x 18".
Pizza Monkey Bread
Here is the fun part...
Pizza Monkey Bread
Layering half the pepperoni on one side, topped with mozzarella string cheese, and finally half of the parmesan/oregano mix. {The other half is for the second dough ball.}
Pizza Monkey Bread
Then I pinched all the edges to seal off my pizza log. Then I cut it in half.
Pizza Monkey Bread
Pinched those ends shut...
Pizza Monkey Bread
..cut those two in half and pinched them off...
Pizza Monkey Bread
Then cut each of those four logs into thirds and pinched all those shut to create little pizza balls. This is where the elasticity of the dough comes in handy!
Pizza Monkey Bread
Closing all the pepperoni and cheese goodness inside the stretch dough, I worked each section into a nice ball.
Pizza Monkey Bread
One-by-one, I layered the pizza balls into the Bundt pan, using the remaining pepperoni/EVOO mixture to coat the layers as I worked.
Pizza Monkey Bread
I repeated this process with the second store-bought dough ball. Then, I covered the Bundt pan and let it rest for about 30 minutes, during that time the dough puffed up just a bit more. I had to re-seal a few balls at the top, but that's okay.

Finally, it was time to throw it in the oven at 400° degrees for about 40 minutes.
Pizza Monkey Bread
Ta-da! After allowing the pizza monkey bread to cool for about 15 minutes, I inverted it onto a plate.
Pizza Monkey Bread
Of course, you need sauce right? So as not to get all soggy and messy, rather than baking the pizza monkey bread with sauce inside, you use the sauce as a dip when ready to serve. Cook's Country has their own simple tomato sauce recipe along with their pizza monkey bread, but I have a marinara sauce that I already really like so I used my own.
Pizza Monkey Bread
The warm dough and cheesy pizza filling are yummy and easy to eat!
Pizza Monkey Bread
So there you go! Happy Superbowl Sunday and GO BRONCOS!
Pizza Monkey Bread
Adapted from Cook's Country Magazine.

Cheers, 
Heather 

2 comments:

  1. What a clever concept. I love regular monkey bread though I only allow myself to eat it once a year. This looks like a hoot to make and my kids would love eating it!

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  2. I am making this for my son's b-day party this weekend. Thanks for showing it step by step. It made me understand the recipe from my magazine a lot better. :)

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