Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday- Monkey Bread!

Tonight, out of sheer boredom (Revenge was a repeat this week. So bummed!) I went to one of my favorite websites: StumbleUpon.

For those of you who have never heard of this amazing interweb wonderland let me just say, YOU ARE MISSING OUT. Like Pinterest, I could spend hours on this site. This particular time I decided to 'stumble upon' food themed pages and take a peek at what I found:


I might need to make me some of this ! What is it? It's Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread from The Sweets Life. Although I'm planning on making this for only moi, this would be great as an appetizer for a party or for Super Bowl or even something fun to do dinner! And the great thing is you could add other 'pizza topping' items if you wanted.

I'm basically going to copy and paste everything that Natalie wrote because I haven't made these yet and she clearly is a pro. When I do make it though, I'll be sure to take a couple of pictures and write a review. So here it is, pepperoni pizza monkey bread, by Natalie from 'The Sweets Life.'

This bread takes a little bit of time to prepare, but in about half an hour I had filled my bundt pan with little dough balls, each with a piece of pepperoni and cheese stuffed within it. I was a little disappointed when I finished because I felt like my bundt pan should've been fuller. It puffed right up in the oven, however, and I removed it from the oven when it was nicely browned on top. The monkey bread released from the pan easily and after snapping a few pictures, I immediately dug in. 

My new definition of bliss: warm dough with a cheesy center and a bite of pepperoni. The garlic butter that I'd brushed on each piece was noticeable, but not so much that you'll be suffering from garlic breath all day! I'm quite certain this will be my new go-to recipe for potlucks and football parties, especially since I still have pepperoni left over in the fridge! You can certainly make your own dough and marinara sauce, but this recipe is really easy if you pick up those ingredients (I used Trader Joe's dough and basil marinara for dipping.)

-2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
-4 tbsp butter
-2 lbs pizza dough (I used 2 balls of Trader Joe's fresh dough)
-6 oz. mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes (about 48 pieces)
-pepperoni (about 48 slices)
-2-3 cups marinara sauce for serving

Directions:1. In a small saucepan, heat garlic and butter over medium heat until garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat and allow to sit. Brush the inside of a bundt pan with the garlic butter.
2. Pull off large marble-sized balls of dough and flatten. Place a slice of pepperoni and a piece of cheese on each, folding the dough around the cheese and pepperoni and pinching well to seal.

3. Brush the pizza ball with the garlic butter and place in the prepared bundt pan. Continue until all dough has been used.

4. Cover and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400F and bake for 35 minutes, until top is browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Invert onto a platter and serve with warmed marinara sauce for dipping.

That doesn't seem too hard does it girls? Happy Hump Day!


1 comment:

  1. love this idea :) definitely doing it for the superbowl!