Original thanks for help go to Rachel, though Brian has helped with batches since the original! Rachel still deserves the nod, since we all know a new recipe is hardest the first time.
This recipe is super kid friendly. Also housewarming party friendly, game night friendly, and football friendly. Great for the kid in all of us. I found it easiest to make with a helper or two, so this gets the kids involved in making dinner, or gives you a chance to catch up with that best friend that is always eager to help set up (thanks Rachel!)
Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread
2lbs of pizza dough (2 packs from the deli section work well, or use a double batch of your favorite homemade recipe)
6oz of mozzerella, cubed (about 48 pieces a little smaller than dice)
turkey pepperoni slices (1 package is plenty... again, you need about* 48 pieces)
marinara sauce, for dipping
2 cloves of garlic
*I didn't count. :D
Heat butter and garlic over medium heat for about 4 minutes, until butter and garlic just begin to brown. (It will also smell delicious.)
Brush the inside of a bundt pan with garlic butter.
Take about 2/3 of an ounce of dough (roughly the size of a standard bouncy ball) and flatten it in your hand. Place one slice of pepperoni and one cube of mozzarella in the middle, and fold the edges of dough around and pinch to seal (so no cheese or pepperoni peak out).
Pile dough balls in the buttered bundt pan. (Mine filled about halfway up when done.)
Cover the pan and let it rest for 30 minutes while you preheat the oven to 350*F.
Bake for 22-35 minutes or until golden brown on top. (My first batch was done in 22minutes, the second batch took about 30. When you start to really smell it, start checking.)
Remove the pan from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes before turning them out onto a platter. Serve hot, with warmed marinara sauce for dipping.
We like this snack for game night because you can treat it like dinner, but it keeps your fingers (mostly) clean for the game. Easy to nibble without slowing you down. :)
What's your favorite game night snack? ;)