Pizza Monkey Bread
As a fresh twist on sweet monkey bread, this pizza-flavored version is a knockout concept. Too bad most of the recipes we tried failed to execute it well.
Why This Recipe Works
Just as does the sweet, cinnamon sugar version, this monkey bread consists of balls of dough baked into a ring meant for pulling apart and eating with your hands. For ease, we start off with store-bought pizza dough. Instead of shaping and filling each pizza-stuffed ball individually, we form logs stuffed with the fillings and cut them into pieces, much like cinnamon rolls. After we pinch the ends shut, the balls are ready for the pan. Instead of shredded cheese, we found that string cheese was the perfect shape to roll up in the dough and had great mozzarella flavor. Microwaving the pepperoni before using it prevents greasy dough, and brushing a bit of the rendered fat onto the outside of the balls creates a deeply browned crust. A simple tomato sauce for dipping is the final touch.