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
- 2 thick Italian loaves or 2 French baguettes
- 10 ounces cream cheese softened at room temperature
- 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 1/4 cup pizza sauce plus more to serve on the side
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese plus more to sprinkle on top
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 1/2 cups pepperoni slices chopped, divided
- 4 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- 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.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce, parmesan, basil, dried oregano, and 1 1/4 cup of the chopped pepperoni.
- Mix well to combine in a Kitchen Aid mixer, or with a hand mixer.
- Stuff the bread quarters with the pizza dip mixture, using a spoon to help pack the dip in.
- 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.
- Slice the bread into pieces that are approximately 1" thick.
- 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.
- 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.
- Top with the remaining 1/4 cup pepperoni and sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese.
- Wrap the foil around the bread and bake for 20 minutes.
- Unwrap the bread and bake for 5 minutes, or until the top browns slightly.
- Remove from the oven, sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese, and serve with pizza sauce for dipping.
- Adapted from Hostthetoast.com