Pizza Pull Apart Bread!
Football season is upon us and I am so excited! I’ve been brainstorming some different ideas to feature on the blog, and my boyfriend James suggested doing a series of football party foods. I loved the idea, since you can never have enough last minute, easy recipes to throw together when entertaining. So I’ll be sharing a few fun recipes that are great for groups and perfect for tailgating (or watching baseball, go Giants!) Let me just preface this series by saying…it’s not good for you. These aren’t the most healthy recipes, but they are delicious, fun, and perfect for indulging :P
Pull apart bread is easy. It’s soo easy to put together in a pinch, and the possibilities are endless. Off the top of my head, you can do a Cinnamon Roll Pull Apart Bread, Jalapeño Cheddar Pull Apart Bread…there are tons of options depending on your taste. What better for a sports event than a Pizza Pull Apart Bread?
There are multiple ways to make pull apart bread… you can definitely make your own dough, but I kept it nice and easy with some Pillsbury Pizza Dough. Making things from scratch is definitely the way to go, but sometimes you really don’t have time to watch dough rise! In this recipe, you simply combine the components of a yummy pizza and toss them with chopped up dough, layering them into a baking pan, and throwing them into the oven for 30 minutes. It’s simple and tastes exactly like pizza, but with the added fun of pulling off cheesy chunks of bread. Perfect appetizer for football season! Here we go..
What You Need:
2 cans Pillsbury Pizza Dough
2 cups Mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp Italian seasoning or Oregano, Parsley Flakes
1/3 cup olive oil (I used a Rosemary infused olive oil. So good!)
8 oz Italian Sausage or Pepperoni
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 fresh garlic clove or 1/2 tsp garlic powder
A few sprigs of fresh basil
1 1/2 cups pizza sauce or tomato basil sauce
Optional: Customize this with any of your favorite pizza toppings
What To Do:
- Preheat your oven to 350F.
- While your pizza dough is still cold, un-can the dough and slice them into 1 inch disks, much like cinnamon rolls. (Don’t unroll the pizza dough)
- Cut the 1 inch disks into quarters. You can choose to cut them in halves, depending on how large you’d like your bread chunks to be. I cut them in quarters and totally wished I did halves.
- Finely dice or mince the fresh garlic and place aside. Rough chop the fresh basil.
- If you’re using pepperoni, chop them into smaller pieces.
- Brown the Italian sausage in a skillet, breaking the sausage up into small bite sized pieces. Place aside on a paper towel to drain.
- Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss it with your hands. I tried to keep my hands clean while shooting pix and tried using a wooden spoon, but it’s so much better to just get in there and use your hands! :)
- Use half of the pizza sauce to mix into the dough, and reserve the rest for dipping.
- Make sure each piece of dough is coated evenly with oil, cheese, spices, cheese, herbs, pizza sauce, and sausage.
- For this recipe, you can use a few different baking pans. A regular 9 x 13” pan, a bundt pan, or a round cake pan can work. I used a round cake sheet pan since I don’t have a bundt mold. Spray your vessel with cooking spray and load your mixture inside! :)
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until the tops of the bread are brown and the center is thoroughly cooked.
- Serve this while it’s hot, alongside pizza sauce for dipping!
Watch your guests gobble up this fun and tasty treat. It’s a fun twist on pizza and costs very little! Each bread chunk is smothered in cheese and flavorful Italian sausage, and there isn’t anything much better than that :)
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