Monkey bread, also known as pull-apart bread, is made for sharing, and this pepperoni pizza monkey bread is the ultimate shareable snack. Add some of your favorite pizza toppings, or swap out the pepperoni with browned sausage, diced ham, or browned ground beef. For a vegetarian-friendly pizza monkey bread, omit the pepperoni and add extra cheese, TVP, mushrooms, or more vegetables.
All you need to make this yummy, versatile pull-apart loaf is a couple of tubes of refrigerated biscuits, cheese, seasonings, and pepperoni. The included pizza sauce is an excellent dip for the bread, but feel free to use store-bought pizza sauce or your favorite commercial or homemade marinara sauce. Warm it up for serving, and enjoy!
- For the Pizza Sauce:
- 15 ounces tomato sauce
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Dash kosher salt, or to taste
- For the Bread:
- 2 (16.3-ounce) cans refrigerated biscuits, separated and cut into quarters
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Dash crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 8 ounces mozzarella cheese
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 6 ounces pepperoni, halved or cut into quarters (or mini pepperoni)
- 1/2 cup sliced black olives, optional
Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, the instructions are broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.
Prepare the Pizza Sauce
Gather the pizza sauce ingredients.
In a medium saucepan, combine the tomato sauce, tomato paste, oregano, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper. Bring to a simmer; reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes. Taste and add a dash of salt, if desired.
Assemble and Bake the Pizza Monkey Bread
Gather the ingredients for the pizza monkey bread. Heat the oven to 350 F and spray a 9-inch or 10-inch tube cake pan with baking spray or grease the pan and dust it with flour.
Place the refrigerated biscuit quarters—you should have 64 pieces—into a large bowl. Combine the olive oil, butter, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder. Drizzle the seasoned oil over the biscuit pieces, tossing gently to coat.
Add the mozzarella and parmesan cheese, pepperoni, and olives, if using. Toss gently to combine.
Arrange the biscuit mixture in the prepared pan.
Bake the monkey bread for about 40 to 45 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and a toothpick or skewer comes out clean when inserted into the loaf.
Remove the bread from the oven and invert onto a large plate.
Serve the pepperoni pizza monkey bread with the warmed pizza sauce, or your favorite store-bought marinara or pizza sauce.
- Make sure your pan is well greased, preferably with shortening or butter and flour or baking spray with flour. A nonstick pan is a plus, especially if you are using a fluted tube cake pan.
- Try to avoid packing the biscuits too tightly. The top of the loaf should be even but not squished. If too tightly packed, the bread may take longer to bake.
How to Store
- Pizza monkey bread is best enjoyed fresh from the oven. If you do have leftovers, transfer them to an airtight container or wrap them with foil and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
- Monkey bread may be frozen for longer storage. Wrap the cooled leftover bread in foil, transfer it to an airtight container or zip-close bag, and freeze for up to 2 months.
- To reheat, wrap the cold or frozen monkey bread in foil and heat in a preheated 325 F oven for about 10 to 18 minutes, or until it is hot.
Can I Use a Different Pan to Make Monkey Bread?
How Do You Know When the Monkey Bread is Fully Cooked?
The monkey bread should be golden brown. A skewer inserted into the loaf should come out clean. Or you may use an instant-read thermometer to check the monkey bread. Insert the thermometer in several places and look for a temperature of about 195 F to 200 F.
- Replace the pepperoni with two thinly sliced cooked Italian sausages or about 8 ounces of browned bulk sausage. Alternatively, use a combination of 3 ounces of pepperoni and about 4 ounces of browned sausage.
- Replace the pepperoni with about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of diced ham.
- Add 1/2 cup of thinly sliced or finely chopped bell pepper to the biscuit mixture.
- Replace the pepperoni with a 5-ounce package of pepperoni minis.
- Add a handful of chopped or sliced fresh basil leaves (chiffonade) for extra color and flavor.