Operation Dinner Table is a good thing. The Misses and I are together in the kitchen while they eat. I’ve tried new things with them that have pushed their boundaries – sometimes successfully, sometimes not but, all I ask is that they try. And, they’ve found a couple of things they really like and ask me to make again! One is this gnocchi (on heavy rotation in our house!) and the other is this Pizza Pull-Apart Bread.
Now I know this is not laden with fresh, organic vegetables. In my defense, I serve it with a side of carrots to even the score a little bit. But it is also not delivery pizza and it is really delicious! I use chopped turkey pepperoni in lieu of regular pepperoni, and I only put pepperoni in half of the bread because it seems like Miss E is leaning toward the non-meat eater side of the family…
I had to share this. Cheese is GOOD.
This would be a great appetizer but, it will also feed a couple of hungry kiddos for a few days, or a family and a picky dog for one. 🙂
Pizza Pull-Apaprt Bread
1 round loaf of sourdough bread
2 cups shredded mozzarella and/or Provolone cheese
1 package turkey pepperoni, chopped
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
3 Tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese
Pizza or marinara sauce for dipping (I used this really simple, mild sauce and an immersion blender because God-forbid my children eat a chunk of actual tomato…)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
2. With a sharp bread knife, cut slits about one inch apart horizontally almost to the bottom of the bread loaf. Don’t cut too deeply, the bread pieces should all remain attached. Repeat the slices vertically until you have scored the entire loaf.
3. Move loaf of bread to prepared cookie sheet
4. Push all of the pepperoni and cheese in each of the slits. It may seem like too much, but it all fits!
5. Combine butter, oregano, and garlic powder. Using a pastry brush, spread the seasoned butter evenly 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 sauce for dipping.
Source: Adapted from Baking with Blondie