Monkey Bread Pizza Bites

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You have a group of friends coming over. Soon. But nothing to feed them, and you ordered pizza last time, and the time before that.

Well, fellow Sporkers, I have a solution for you: pizza monkey bread.

One of my go-to recipes for parties is this pizza monkey bread. It’s great to eat alone, but also easy to share with a large group of people. This recipe is also a good alternative for guests who don’t want to have pizza for dinner again (although I don’t know anyone who would turn down a warm slice of pizza).

On this pull-apart pizza, each bite is filled with the perfect ratio of that gooey, cheesy pizza taste. And, as an added bonus, you don’t have grease dripping all over your hands.

You can personalize this recipe any way you want. I use pepperoni because they are in bite-sized pieces. But feel free to get creative! Gather some friends and rip off some pizza bites.

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Monkey Bread Pizza Bites

Ingredients
1 Pillsbury pizza crust (or, if you’re ambitious, make your own pizza crust)
1 package of pepperoni
1 block of mozzarella cheese
1 jar marinara sauce, warmed
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon garlic powder
*you can substitute other meat choices for pepperoni

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. While you’re waiting for it to warm up, open the dough and lay out. Cut dough into squares, a little bigger than a piece of pepperoni. Place a piece of peperoni on each square.

Mix the garlic and melted butter together.

Cube the mozzarella cheese. Place a piece of cheese in each square.

Now comes the fun part. Pinch together each square of dough, rolling into a ball.

Layer your pizza balls in a Bundt pan, brushing each dough ball with your garlic butter.

Place in the oven for 13-15 minutes, until the outside is a nice golden brown and the cheese is bubbling out.

Let it cool for 5 minutes before turning it upside-down on a plate. Served best with marinara sauce for dipping.

Post and recipe by Katie Paige. Photo from cookscountry.com