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Ever had a week of dinner fails? Last week I made mashed cauliflower for the first time. And then avocado pudding. To be honest, neither went over particularly well. Sometimes new things are a hit, sometimes they’re a miss.
So sometimes you need an old thing. A really old thing from your own childhood that you know your kids will gobble up and make them forget all about the fails.
When I was growing up, this Pizza Bread was a go-to recipe for my mom. And it’s a crowd-pleaser around here too. Here’s how to make it.
How to Make Homemade Pizza Bread
This starts with a short-cut: Frozen bread dough. Defrost dough and allow it to rise (follow the package instructions). If your dough is portioned into loaves, divide the loaf into two.
Roll each on a lightly floured surface (or on a silicone mat) into a 10- or 12-inch circle. Mix one beaten egg with 1/2 cup grated or shredded parmesan to form a paste and spread half of the mixture on each round of dough.
Top with mozzarella and pepperoni, plus a generous shake of oregano. I use Applegate Uncured Pepperoni, made from sustainably raised pork. It comes in nice big slices, perfect for these loaves. But you can also change up the fillings, depending on what your family likes best.
Roll each circle into a loaf and seal edges tightly so all the yummy insides won’t come bubbling out while baking. Seal the ends as well and tuck them under the loaves. You can bake this seam side up or down. Brush the loaves with olive oil and bake on a lightly greased baking sheet (or a sheet lined with a silicone mat) at 375 degrees until golden brown, about 30 minutes.
What to Serve With Pizza Bread
My troops don’t care for veggies on the inside, so I serve it with a green salad–plus a few small dishes of pizza or pasta sauce for dunking (get my recipe for Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce). Pack any leftovers (if there are any!) in lunch boxes. It’s great cold.
Can You Freeze Pizza Bread?
Yes! When my mom and I make this, we double the recipe and freeze two of the loaves. Just bake as usual, let the loaves cool, and wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and then foil, then pop them into a freezer bag (or right into the freezer–just make sure they’re wrapped tightly). On a busy night, just defrost the loaf and reheat on a baking sheet at 350 degrees F until hot and melty inside.
- 1 pound frozen bread dough, defrosted + risen
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 package pepperoni
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cut defrosted, risen dough in half and roll out each half on a floured surface into a 10-inch or 12-inch circle.
- In a small bowl, combine beaten egg and Parmesan cheese. Spread half of egg mixture on each dough circle, leaving a half-inch border around the edge.
- Spread each circle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese, cover with pepperoni, and sprinkle with oregano.
- Starting at one end, roll up into a loaf. Seal edges. Seal ends and tuck under loaf.
- Place loaves on greased baking sheet (or a sheet lined with a silicone baking mat), seam side up or down, brush loaves with olive oil, and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Slice while hot and serve with pizza or pasta sauce for dipping.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 363mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 10g