Have you ever tried Pizza Monkey Bread? This pull apart game day recipe is simple to make in a bundt pan. Crescent roll dough, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese are combined to make the most delicious Italian-style appetizer. Serve with some pizza sauce for easy dipping!
Move over pizza dough and biscuits! This easy recipe is made with large refrigerated crescent rolls. It makes a delicious potluck recipe, appetizer or you could even serve for dinner with a side of salad.
Kids LOVE this recipe. It’s one of those recipes you can eat with your hands. Put it on the table and then it’s a free-for-all as everyone grabs a piece.
I like it because it’s simple to make and you can easily change up the toppings to suit everyone’s preferences.
Round up these ingredients to make this pepperoni pizza monkey bread.
- Butter – I used salted butter.
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Italian seasoning
- Garlic cloves
- Pillsbury Grands Crescent Rolls – You will need two cans.
- Pepperoni – Either use mini pepperoni or regular pepperoni that has been cut into quarters.
- Mozzarella cheese
- Parmesan cheese
How to Make
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 10 inch fluted tube pan or bundt pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl, stir together melted butter, olive oil, Italian seasoning and garlic. Add Crescent roll cubes to a large bowl.
3. Mix in butter mixture.
4. Add pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese and stir to combine.
5. Spread mixture evenly into fluted tube pan. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes.
6. At the 35 minute mark, remove foil and place back in the oven for an additional 20 minutes.
7. Serve with pizza or marinara sauce for dipping.
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What type of pan is needed to make monkey bread
You’ll need either a bundt pan or a fluted cake pan to make monkey bread. These pans will give the recipe its classic round shape. You’ll also have a spot in the middle to be able to put your dipping sauce.
If you don’t have a bundt pan or a fluted cake pan, you can use a 9×13 casserole dish. The baking time will change, however, as the dough will not be as thick and won’t require as long of baking time.
Bake at 350F for about 25 to 30 minutes.
Can you prepare ahead of time?
Yes, you can prep this recipe ahead of time. Do all the steps up to the point that you are ready to bake. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. When you are ready to bake, remove from the fridge and let sit on the counter while the oven preheats. Bake as normal.
Wrap any uneaten portions of Pizza Monkey Bread in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to three days. I recommend popping it in the microwave before serving so it softens up a bit.
For the very best results, enjoy freshly baked right from the oven.
Can You Freeze Monkey Bread?
Yes, you can! Bake the recipe and let it cool completely. Make sure to remove it from the bundt pan. Wrap it in aluminum foil and freeze for up to three months.
Let it thaw overnight before serving and reheat in the oven.
- Add more toppings! Try cooked bacon or sausage, red peppers, green peppers, mushrooms or whatever other pizza ingredients you like.
- Use a different kind of cheese. I like mozzarella because it’s typically what you put on a pizza. You could switch it up with cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese.
- Use Ranch dressing as the dipping sauce. Even Caesar dressing works. Yum!
- Use refrigerated biscuits instead of Grands Crescent Rolls. Cut the biscuits into quarters and follow the recipe.
Why is it called Monkey Bread?
It’s called monkey bread because you eat it with your hands like a monkey would! Pretty simple, right?
I remember when I first heard about monkey bread wondering what the heck was this about. I wouldn’t want to eat a monkey. I laughed when I discovered what it actually was.
More Pizza Inspired Recipes
- Pizza Dip
- Pizza Tater Tot Casserole
- Pizza Rolls
- Pizza Wonton Cups
- Pizza Stuffed Chicken
- Pizza Pasta Salad
- Pizza Soup
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- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cans (12oz/318g) Pillsbury Grands Crescent Rolls, rolled up into crescent roll shapes and then cut into 1-inch pieces.
- 3/4 cup pepperoni, quartered
- 2 cups mozzarella, shredded
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 10 inch fluted tube pan or bundt pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, stir together melted butter, olive oil, Italian seasoning and garlic.
- Add Crescent roll cubes to a large bowl. Mix in butter mixture. Add pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese and stir to combine.
- Spread mixture evenly into fluted tube pan. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes.
- At the 35 minute mark, remove foil and place back in the oven for an additional 20 minutes. Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 412Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 907mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 15g