Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread {Happy Anniversary, Mr. P!}

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Our first anniversary, I made Crab-Stuffed Shells.

Our second anniversary, I made Pepperoni Pizza Puffs.

This year, Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread.

Are we seeing a trend here?

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What can I say? I know the key to Mr. P’s heart: pizza.

This monkey bread has been on my must-make list for the better part of a year. Sure, it interested me but I knew it would be a huge hit with my better half. Our anniversary was the perfect opportunity to spoil him with this one.

Nothing fancy, just some good’ol comfort food enjoyed out on the deck :)

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It’s hard to believe we’ve been married 3 years already. Time flies…it really does.

I feel very fortunate to be married to a person I can truly call my best friend. We have so much fun doing the every day stuff like working out, grocery shopping, and playing with Miss Lily.

I poke fun at Mr. Prevention a lot on the blog, but he really is one amazing man. Mr. P is so driven in his career and very passionate about the people and things he cares most deeply about. He enjoys the little things in life and keeps a level head at all times. His sense of humor is very witty and he can always put a smile on my face and make me laugh. I also love that he enjoys exercise and running…and is willing to try just about anything I front of him without too much rebuttal ;)

Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread? No rebuttal there. He just devoured.

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Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread from Confections of a Foodie Bride

olive oil cooking spray
2 lbs pizza dough (recipe below)
6 oz mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes (you’ll need ~48 pieces)
48 slices of turkey pepperoni
2 cups marinara sauce, warmed, for serving

Pizza dough:
1 3/4 cup warm water, divided
1 tsp sugar
1 envelope (2 1/4 tsp) instant yeast
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups (22 oz) bread flour, plus more for dusting
1 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

Put 1/2 cup warm water into the bowl of your stand mixer and stir in sugar until dissolved. Sprinkle the yeast over the top and let stand until frothy, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining water and oil.

Add the flour and salt to the stand mixer bowl fitted with the dough hook. Mix on low until the flour is combined and then turn up the speed and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap until it doubles in volume, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Spray the inside of a bundt pan (or other oven-safe dish) with olive oil cooking spray.

Set dough on a piece of parchment paper and cut into quarters. Cut each quarter in half and in half again to make 16 “pie” pieces. Divide each 1/16th into 3 pieces and flatten slightly in your palm. Top with a slice of pepperoni and a cube of mozzarella. Wrap the dough around the pepperoni and cheese, pinching well to seal. Repeat until all of the dough is used, placing the balls in the bundt pan and spraying  occasionally with olive oil.

Cover dough balls and let sit for 30 minutes, while preheating the oven to 400.

Bake for ~35 minutes, until the top is brown. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes. Serve with warmed marinara sauce for dipping.

Yield: 16 servings (3 balls with ~2 tablespoons marinara)

Nutrition Information (per serving): 137 calories; 4.3 g. fat; 13 mg. cholesterol; 323 mg. sodium; 17.1 g. carbohydrate; 0 g. fiber; 6.9 g. protein

Result: Loved by all! I believe Mr. P’s exact words were, “Monkey bread is my new favorite food!”. He even helped to roll the dough around the cheese and pepperoni. Reheat bread at 375 F for 10-12 minutes. This is a great appetizer for entertaining adults and kids alike…perfect for game days, too! Enjoy!

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I’m not sure what the plan is for tonight, but I’ve decided I’m not cooking. :-D

A HUGE thank you for all of your kind words on our big news. You all warm my heart and it means so much – thank you!

Be well,

Comments

  1. says

    Happy Anniversary!! Time really does fly – I’ll be married 12 years this year – crazy!

    I’ve only made sweet monkey bread – I’ll definitely have to make this one though :D

  2. says

    Happy anniversary!! It truly is a blessing to be married to your best friend, and someone that can make you laugh! I am as well- our first year anniversary is coming up next month! Monkey bread looks delicious! I think you may have left out a line in your recipe though, on throwing the balls of dough into the bundt pan before you bake it? Do you let the dough balls rise in the bundt pan?

    • Nicole, RD says

      Andrea: Thank you! :) Happy early Anniversary! The dough balls rise in the pan – I updated the directions. Thanks for catching that!!

  3. Karen says

    Happy Anniversary to you both! I can’t wait to make this for lunch this weekend. Thanks for another great recipe!

  4. Lisa says

    I made this recipe and it was horrible.The dough didnt taste liek pizza dough should.The dough was soft and mushy,worst thing i ever made.The dough has no stability to hold any thing.Should of used my own recipe for pizza crust might have been worth my time and made it taste good this was crap recipe.

    • Nicole, RD says

      Lisa: I’m sorry to hear that. Did you follow the recipe exactly? Thank you for your feedback, and I’m sorry your outcome wasn’t quite the same as ours – we loved this!

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