Stuffed Pizza Bread

 

Stuffed Pizza Bread

Oh my goodness am I ever excited to share this recipe with you! I stumbled upon this Stuffed Pizza Bread recipe and it was in my possession less than an hour before I made it!  That’s how amazing it looked and sounded!  Obviously I can’t eat it due to Celiac Disease, but I can get joy out of making good food for my family 🙂

Luck would have it that I had just purchased some Italian loaves to make my freezer garlic bread.  I whipped up some homemade pizza sauce and everything else was on hand! Back in the day when I could eat gluten, Italian food was my favorite!  So I still have a soft spot in my heart for it.

The kids were very impatient while I was taking pictures, so I barely got any snapped! I don’t blame them though, the smell was very enticing 🙂

 

 

This would make an incredible pizza dip too!  Toast the bread instead of stuffing it and dip into the gooey dish, YUMM!!

 

Stuffed Pizza Bread

Serves: 2 loaves

LittleChefTip: Use clean kitchen scissors to cut the pepperoni in half, then half again. Saves time!
Ingredients
  • 2 thick Italian loaves or 2 French baguettes
  • 10 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 2½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1¼ cup pizza sauce, plus more to serve on the side
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, plus more to sprinkle on top
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1½ cups pepperoni slices, chopped, divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Cut each loaf into 4 equal-sized pieces. Use a long knife to remove the insides, keeping some bread along the edges. Pull out the loose bread to leave hollow bread quarters. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce, parmesan, basil, dried oregano, and 1¼ cup of the chopped pepperoni.
  4. Mix well to combine in a Kitchen Aid mixer, or with a hand mixer.
  5. Stuff the bread quarters with the pizza dip mixture, using a spoon to help pack the dip in.
  6. Once the bread is stuffed, transfer it to a cutting board. Line up the quarters so that they fit together as they did before the loaf was cut.
  7. Slice the bread into pieces that are approximately 1" thick.
  8. Tear a piece of heavy duty foil that is longer than the loaf. Slide the loaf slices off of the cutting board and onto the foil, keeping them together.
  9. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and garlic powder. Brush the garlic butter over the bread, allowing some to drip down between the slices.
  10. Top with the remaining ¼ cup pepperoni and sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese.
  11. Wrap the foil around the bread and bake for 20 minutes.
  12. Unwrap the bread and bake for 5 minutes, or until the top browns slightly.
  13. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese, and serve with pizza sauce for dipping.
  14. Adapted from Hostthetoast.com

 

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