Many variations of this recipe are featured in the online cookbooks including Pinterest. These round appetizer breads remind me of the 1970’s spinach dip in a bread round era. Those dips, served with the surrounding bread cubes, were popular for more than ten years, and this pizza bread recipe seems very similar to those popular dishes. In fact, I have already shared a recipe for an appetizer herb and cheese bread called cheesy herb bread during the month of December, 2012.
If you have an upcoming football or other sports party where an easy quick appetizer is needed, try this one. I promise you that your guests will enjoy it as much as those seventies bread dips.
This recipe is for pepperoni pizza bread, but the pepperoni could very easily be omitted and other sautéed vegetables added instead, or even bacon could be used for another meat-lover option. I purchased regular sized turkey pepperoni and chopped them in small stacks which took very little time and is a cost saver.
To make the appetizer:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using a medium-sized round loaf of bread, slice the bread into cubes without slicing through to the bottom crust. Place the bread loaf on a silicone mat or a foil lined baking sheet. This is an important step, as some of the cheese will ooze out of the bread during baking.
Insert one package of small-sized or chopped turkey pepperoni into the cubes. Follow with 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese. Make certain all of the openings/cubes are filled. Next, melt 3 tablespoons of margarine and add 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon oregano. Pour these ingredients over the loaf into the slices. If desired, sprinkle the loaf with sesame seeds or Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
Remove and unwrap and return to the oven for 10 more minutes until the cheese is completely melted and the loaf is golden brown color. Serve with your favorite pizza sauce for dipping.
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