I started making this Pull Apart Pizza Bread about two weeks before Christmas. I made it for every get-together we had because I needed to get it just right. It’s just right.
My kids go crazy for this. It’s nice to have fun food every once in a while. Food doesn’t always have to be so serious. Especially around this time of year. Everyone is in weight loss mode and cutting carbs. Needless to say, I don’t have any goals about cutting carbs.
I heard an interview this morning with a girl who lost a lot of weight by significantly cutting carbohydrate foods out of her diet. What the interviewer heard was that she was able to lose weight by cutting all carbs out of her diet. What I heard was that she cut out sugar, fast food, and frozen ultra processed meals. She said it once, but it wasn’t emphasized.
I’m so tired of hearing that carbohydrates are the enemy and demon of the food world. That’s totally cool if you can live without homemade bread. I can’t. When I hear about people cutting carbs out of their diet, it’s not really about cutting carbs. It’s about cutting the junk out of the diet. It’s the same with paleo, gluten free, and atkins. It’s not that you’re restricting one type of evil food group, you’re cutting out junk.
Balance your foods, that is the key to healthy, sustainable weight loss.
Let me tell you about this recipe:
First, I make the dough. If you have the time, there is no need to buy dough, it’s too easy to make.
I let it rise for an hour and then portion it out.
Then, I brush it with olive oil and some Italian seasoning – yum!
Stay with me here. I add pepperoni. I see pepperoni like I see bacon, as a flavor enhancer. It’s super processed and fatty, so I don’t use a lot. You can count how many pieces I use here. 16 pieces. They are just to enhance the flavor. You could leave it out. I sprinkle the smallest amount of cheese on the top.
And, into a 375°F oven.
Oh, yeah! It’s so good. It’s perfect for a party or a crowd, or just in addition to a fun family movie night.
Choose a good pizza sauce or pasta sauce for dipping.
And don’t worry about making a mess – it’s all good.
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water, bathwater temperature
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ¼ cup uncured pepperoni
- ¼ cup shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- In a medium bowl, add yeast and water
- Allow to rest for 5 minutes
- Add flour and salt
- Stir until combined and pour out on a clean counter dusted with flour
- Knead dough until it is no longer sticky, adding more flour if needed
- Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 1 hour
- Preheat oven to 375°F
- Remove from bowl and set on a cutting board
- Cut ball of dough into bite sized pieces or pull apart with hands
- In a 9" round cast iron skillet or casserole dish, spray with non-stick cooking spray
- Place dough balls around dish in a single layer
- Add olive oil and Italian seasoning to a bowl and stir together
- Brush olive oil on dough balls, reserving ½ Tablespoon of mixture to brush on after cooking
- Place pepperoni slices around the dough pieces
- Sprinkle with cheese
- Bake for 18 minutes or until the tops are golden brown
- Brush the remaining olive oil mixture on hot bread
- Serve with pizza sauce