Warning, the recipe I’m about to share is not very nutritious, and it may be best to eat on a cheat day because eating a little bit is out of the question. This recipe is called “Easy Pull Apart Pizza Bread” and it is from Jennifer at Sweetandsimpleliving.com. This taste test went extremely well.
First off, I will share that Ryan picked out this recipe for the meal plan this month. We both love pizza, but I was very skeptical about using canned pizza crust in a recipe. The concept here is basically deconstructed pizza. If you’ve ever had monkey bread, it’s the savory pizza version. How could that be bad?
The process was pretty simple. I used scissors to cut up the pizza dough into 1-inch cubes, then mixed the pizza dough with the Italian seasoning, cheese, pepperoni, minced garlic and olive oil. The mixture then gets dumped into a greased bundt pan. Greasing well is pretty important because of all of the cheese. After it bakes, you’re good to flip it and dip it in marinara. Of course, I made homemade marinara which took about 5 minutes. Making your own is much healthier and cheaper than buying a jar a marinara at the store.
Okay, let’s get some stats on this recipe:
Time: 30-40 minutes (mine cooked quicker than the suggested time)
- $5.58 Canned Pizza Crust (2)
- $2.00 Mozzarella Cheese
- $0.10 Italian Seasoning
- $0.30 Olive Oil
- $2.00 Pepperoni (I used one packet)
- $0.10 Minced Garlic (Always buy this at Sam’s Club!)
- $0.85 Parmesan Cheese
- $10.93 Total
I didn’t have time to make my own crust and wasn’t able to get a coupon or deal for the canned crust. Normally, I would purchase an item like this with a coupon or on BOGO sale so the meal would cost less. I also already had everything on hand but the crust, so this recipe cost me a little over $5.
Ryan’s face lit up when he tried the pizza bread. He looked so very happy. Normally, he’s a pretty healthy eater, but the night we ate this he indulged. We did try to compensate with a big salad in order to feel less guilty. In hindsight, I realize that I should have served this pizza bread right side up instead of upside down. Pizza upside down bread? At least I got one picture of the top. I’ll know for next time.
Anyway, Ryan and I agreed that this would be great party food for a Super Bowl or New Year’s party. We also agreed that next time we want to add more toppings like black olives, bacon, mushrooms, or onions. I would think that if you added vegetables then you’d need to pat them dry to make sure they don’t make the dough soggy.
We’re big fans! Thanks Jennifer!