Ok, I don’t even know where the day has gone. This week is just flying by! I am not normally busy during the holidays, but this year I just happen to be. Yesterday I spent the entire day searching for the perfect gifts for my husband’s two girls over in Germany and it was a flop. With an almost 3 year old (We have a birthday this month!) and a 4 year old it is like trying to get the monkeys at the zoo to behave! I wound up finding what I was looking for online and thankfully they were able to ship the gifts. Hopefully they will make it there by Christmas. Then just when I thought I was AHEAD (That actually makes me laugh, when am I ever really ahead?!) with my recipes I looked up and was suddenly behind again. Amazing how that can happen! But never fear, thanks to all of the ideas that are constantly coming to life in my mind, and all that French bread in my freezer that I told you about a while back, I’ve got the recipe just for you today.
This recipe is super-duper easy, only FOUR ingredients… yes, you heard right. I saw a picture of something similar to what I made one day come across my Facebook news feed, but I didn’t bother looking to see how they made it, or what they put in it, so this is my interpretation of a picture I saw basically. Pizza Pull Apart Bread, sounds dangerous I know, but it is only 204 calories, so if you don’t want to share with anyone, you don’t have to. It would be a great snack, appetizer, lunch, or addition to dinner. If you wanted to baste it with some garlic butter to jazz it up a bit, or dip it in pizza sauce or herbed olive oil, you will have succulent success on your hands. I personally dove into it plain. I ate it for lunch the other day when I whipped it up, which only takes about 15-20 minutes from start to finish by the way. I like it crunchy, but my husband likes his French bread soft, so if you want to wrap this in foil it will stay soft, and you won’t get the crispy little pepperoni ends like my picture shows. (Although I feel that those are absolutely the best part!)
I just used an end chunk, but you could use the middle, or a mini loaf of French bread if you’d like. I cut the bread twice lengthwise then three times in the opposite direction. Cut fairly far down into the bread without cutting all the way through. I cut my cheese into thin slices (You could also use prepackaged thin slice provolone.) Three of the pepperoni slices I cut in half, and the other two I cut in quarters. I sprinkled a little bit of Italian seasoning on before stuffing the pepperoni pieces in, put it on a cookie sheet, tossed it in the oven for 10 minutes, and voila! Easy, cheap, QUICK, and versatile. Make it a pizza day, maybe grab a side salad, sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Pizza Pull Apart Bread
By Angie Gouchenour
1-ounce French bread
1-ounce mozzarella cheese – thinly sliced
5 pieces pepperoni – 3 cut in half, 2 cut in quarters
Pinch of Italian seasoning
Pre heat oven to 400’f
Cut the French bread twice lengthwise and 3 times the opposite direction
Slide cheese in between the slices
Sprinkle with Italian seasoning
Push pepperoni pieces in between the cheese and bread (The ¼ size pieces are for the edges or filling in spots that are small)
Place on a cookie sheet and bake in pre heated oven for 10 minutes
Remove and enjoy!
1 pizza pull apart 204 calories