In the Kitchen: Pizza Pull Bread…made simple.

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 My first foray in pull bread was with my family about 3 years ago. I love having gatherings with family and making something new. This particular time I had found a recipe on Simply Recipes for Pepperjack Pull Bread (pictured above). Since I love everything cheesy it had to be made. To make it interesting instead of following the recipe to the letter, I asked everyone to bring their favorite cheeses, mixed them, and made the pull bread. It was delicious!
Fast forward, I see the recipe for pizza pull bread posted by a friend on Facebook. As soon as I saw it I knew it was going to be one that would be fun to make because it was easy and contained ingredients for pizza – my son’s favorite! Without hesitation I was thinking about the ingredients I already had that would be sufficient which included white onions, tomato basil spaghetti sauce, ground Italian sausage, spinach, and mozzarella cheese. Immediately I make a list in my head of the things that I know I need, having glanced at the recipe, “I need bread dough! Do they even sell it anymore? Uhm, marinara sauce is better than spaghetti, I’ll get that. Oh! Muenster cheese, it melts really good. Pepperoni and salami.” Off to the store I go ready to make this happen. I have to say it was much more fun with my son and they turned out…DELICIOSO! I posted pictures on Facebook and was asked for the recipe so here it goes.

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Prep time:  20 mins
Cook time:  35-40 mins
Total time:  60 mins

Ingredients:

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  • 1.5 bread dough loaf, thawed (I purchased Rhodes at Walmart. They also have wheat loaves.)
  • 2 cups of your favorite cheese (mozzarella, cheddar, Italian mix, Muenster)
  • 1/2 c. spinach
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/3 c. onion
  • 1/3 c. of olive oil
  • 1 (8oz.) package of pepperoni , you will only use half of it.
  • 3 slices salami
  • 1 lb. ground Italian sausage browned
  • loaf pans or Bundt pan
  • large mixing bowl

Optional (I did not do this, but feel free to add your twist!):

  • 1 cup of Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup melted butter with 1 teaspoon garlic powder (for brushing once cooked the pull apart)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Brown the Italian sausage in a skillet, let it sit until needed.

    My son, Jamil, browning the sausage.

    My son, Jamil, browning the sausage.

  3. Cut bread dough into squares. I cut the loaves into quarters and sliced those into squares.Screen Shot 2014-02-21 at 11.14.57 PM (as shown in the photo)
  4. Cut the pepperoni, salami, onions, and spinach.
  5. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl including sausage, add oil, and toss to spread evenly on each piece of dough.
  6. Fill Bundt or loaf pan with mixture and top with more cheese!

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7. Bake for 30-40 minutes (or until the top is brown and the center is cooked thoroughly.)

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TIP: Be sure to check it in the middle before you pull it out. If the middle is still not cooked thoroughly be sure to leave it in another five minutes at a time until it’s done. I turned the oven down 10 degrees and let it cook, monitoring it.

8. Flip over on to a plate while it’s still hot or leave in the dish to cool, slightly, and eat from the dish.

You can brush it with garlic mixture. I served it slightly cooled with marinara sauce, adding in a little tomato basil spaghetti sauce. Note: You can make it vegetarian by making it all vegetables!

Serve and enjoy!

Then, come back and let me know how much you enjoyed it!!

 

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