This is one of those recipes that is so handy for so many occasions...
after school snack,
pretty much anything involving teenagers,
and the list goes on.
All you need is 5 ingredients and you are good to go. Some handy dandy Pillsbury Pizza Dough, pizza sauce, pepperoni slices, and mozza cheese and parmesan cheese.
Plus, it only takes about 5 minutes of prep and 30 minutes to cook.
Easy Pizza Pull Apart Loaf
approx 1/2 cup prepared pizza sauce
approx 24 small cubes of mozza cheese + 3 slices
approx 24 slices of pepperoni
approx 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375. Line a 9 X 5 loaf pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
Unroll the Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust out on your work surface. Using a round cookie cutter (approx 1 1/2 inches) (a drinking glass would work in a pinch), cut out approx 24 circles. (You may need to press the scraps together and roll them out to get enough.)
Take one circle and place a teeny bit of sauce in the center, top with a slice of pepperoni and a cube of cheese. (See photo below)
Bring up the edges and pinch them together firmly. Place, seam side down, in the prepared pan. Repeat with 11 more circles. Top with the 3 slices of mozza cheese and drizzle with a little pizza sauce.
Continue to make up the remaining 12 circles as instructed above. Place, seam side down, on top of the layer in the pan. Top with more pizza sauce and a generous sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
Bake at 375 until loaf is risen and browned and bread is cooked, approx 20 - 30 minutes.
Let cool in pan for about 5 - 6 minutes then use the parchment paper "handles" to lift out the loaf.
Serve warm with extra pizza sauce for dipping.
Enjoy the ooey gooey cheesy pizza goodness.
You can, of course, alter this to include your other favorite pizza toppings. You could sprinkle in between the layers with finely diced onion, green pepper, mushrooms, etc..
You could also switch up the meat and cheeses to include your favorites. It really is super easy.
If you find your loaf is getting too brown on top but doesn't seem to be quite done in the center - turn down the temp to 350 and tent the loaf with tinfoil. That should help prevent it from burning.
Also note - the amount of circles is a guesstimate. You may not get the full 24 - just half whatever amount you get and do the bottom layer with half and then other half for the top layer.
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