Literally as soon as I took the Bloomin’ Onion Bread out of the oven my mind started racing of all the different possibilities and ways I could make this style of bread. I’m always thinking of entertaining so the concept of a bread that everyone can just pull off and eat is interactive and perfect for company. My first thought was a pizza infused bread because that’s always a crowd favorite and that’s how this baby was born.
So this weekend take a warm piece of sourdough bread glazed with Parmesan and garlic butter, oozing with melted cheese and pepperoni, and dip it in warm pizza sauce! Yum!
|Bloomin’ Pizza Bread|| |
- 1 unsliced round loaf sourdough bread
- 12-16 ounces mozzarella or Provolone cheese, thinly sliced
- 1 (3.5 ounce) package pepperoni, halved
- 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasonings
- 2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- pizza/marinara sauce for dipping
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut the bread lengthwise and widthwise without cutting through the bottom crust. This can be a little tricky going the second way but the bread is very forgiving.
- Place bread on a foil-lined baking sheet and insert cheese slices and pepperoni between cuts. Combine butter, garlic powder, and Italian seasonings. Drizzle or brush over bread with a pastry brush. Sprinkle bread with Parmesan cheese.
- Wrap bread completely in foil and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Unwrap the bread and bake 10 more minutes, or until cheese is melted and pepperoni is a little crispy.