Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread

I don’t really feel like this needs an intro.  I mean just look at the picture.

I’m not really a huge savory baker but this is one that I’d change my ways for. This recipe and photos are courtesy of my good friend and pizza connoisseur, Leslie Darden.

This is the perfect appetizer for football games, holiday parties, or when you have friends over to watch whatever trashy reality shows you’re into.

Recipe via The Sweets Life blog

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • 2 pounds pizza dough (try 2 balls of Trader Joe’s fresh pizza dough)
  • 6 ounces of mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes (about 48 pieces)
  • Pepperoni slices (48 slices)
  • 2-3 cups of 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 the Bundt pan with some of the garlic butter mixture.
  2. Pull off large, marble size balls of dough and flatten. Place a slice of pepperoni and cube of cheese in each.  Fold dough around the pepperoni and cheese and pinch to seal.
  3. Brush the pizza ball with the butter and place in the Bundt pan.  Continue until all the 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.  Flip Bundt pan upside down and release monkey bread on a serving plate.
  5. Devour.

Fun Halloween Treats

These are really fun, easy to make, and perfect for Halloween! One of my very best friends, Leslie Darden, made these once when we were still in college and I fell in love. Waistband Warning: Make these when you have friends around because they’re addictive and you WILL eat them ALL. The recipe below is for the circle shaped ones…the ghosts are made using a package of Nutter Butters instead of the peanut butter stuffed Ritz Crackers. Use mini chocolate chips for the eyes.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Sleeves of Ritz Crackers
  • 1 Jar of Peanut Butter
  • 1 12-ounce package milk chocolate chips
  • 1 12-ounce package white chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. Spread a generous amount of peanut butter on a cracker then take another (non-peanut buttered cracker) and make a sandwich.
  2. Repeat this until all the crackers are gone.
  3. Melt the white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments (be careful you don’t burn it!), do the same for the milk chocolate chips.
  4. Dip your cracker sandwiches in the melted chocolates and set on a cooking sheet covered in aluminum foil or wax paper.
  5. Let the crackers cool completely..if you’re impatient like me, pop them in the freezer and they’ll be good to go in like 20 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!
Thanks Leslie! Muuuhhaha