For a simple, cheesy tear apart bread appetizer for a crowd, dress up canned biscuits with pizza toppings! Try my quick puff pastry pizza next if you want more pizza.
I know things have been a bit quiet around here recently, but I have an explanation: there are just not enough hours in the day! Is anybody else experiencing this issue? I’d want to create a petition or a Crowdfunding campaign. Need. More. Hours.
I had two back-to-back business travels in the previous two weeks that brought me to San Francisco and New Orleans, and it was an experience due to some god horrible weather in Massachusetts (the whole state was a thick sheet of ice, I swear), the government shutdown, and a shortage of personnel at the airports. Flights were significantly delayed or canceled, and passengers were forced to wait on the runway for hours at a time due to a backlog of planes attempting to take off. It was a nightmare for many individuals.
The good news is that I had a nice time in both places, saw a lot of friends, met and connected with my new colleagues, and ate a lot of delicious cuisine.
Here are a few suggestions:
- San Francisco
- New Orleans
- Easy Cheesy Pizza Pull Apart Bread
- Take a trek up Bald Hill if you’re in the vicinity and can make the journey over the Golden Gate Bridge to San Anselmo. It’s an exhilarating and scenic trek with breathtaking views of the mountains, bay, and city.
- Also in San Anselmo, visit Imagination Park and see the Indiana Jones and Yoda monuments!
- Battery Park, located near the Golden Gate Bridge, offers spectacular views of the bridge and the ocean. You could even spot some marine lions.
- Dinner at Town Hall, especially cornbread, mac & cheese, and their butterscotch and chocolate pot de crème.
- 7. They are your sole alternatives, and they are sufficient. I guarantee it. Café du Monde serves beignets and chicory coffee 24 hours a day.
- The World Tour of Mardi Gras. I know it’s incredibly touristic, but it’s really quite great. That really makes you appreciate the amount of labor that goes into those big floats.
- Sylvian for a nice and elegant meal in an old carriage home. This was without a doubt the greatest cuisine I had while there, and their Chocolate Pot de Crème may be the nicest thing I’ve ever had.
- After dinner, go to The Maison for live music. I hadn’t seen a proper blues band since I moved to Chicago, and it was fantastic.
Now that I’m back in Massachusetts, everyone is buzzing about the Super Bowl.
I grew up in Chicago and am a die-hard Bears fan, so I have mixed feelings about the Patriots and their billionth Super Bowl participation. But it doesn’t mean we can’t have a Super Bowl party! For me, it’s all about the advertisements right now.
For the longest time, I’ve wanted to create a pizza pull apart bread as a Super Bowl appetizer. After all of these travels, I finally got around to doing it, and I’m so pleased I did.
I prepared mine a little differently than I’ll explain in the recipe card below since my fiancé like things more doughy than most people, and because he loves his cinnamon rolls half cooked, I thought he’d be fine with underbaked biscuit dough, too. I also used much more cheese than any reasonable person should ingest. I like living on the brink.
The following are the secrets to beautiful crispy, golden tops and soft, cheesy middle (with a killer cheese pull):
- Divide each biscuit in half and then spread them out to make them thinner (another thing I did not do in mine to increase the doughiness)
- Bake it covered in foil for at least 30 minutes to properly bake the centers, then uncovered for another 30 minutes to brown the top.
- When assembling everything, put your handmade Italian seasoning on each dough round, or simply sprinkle it on top. It’s all up to you.
I strongly advise you to stuff it with as much pepperoni as you possibly can.
Pepperoni is one of my favorite foods.
If you want things a bit doughier, bake it for a little less time and leave it uncovered for a longer period of time than I suggest.
Serve with marinara sauce if desired, or just keep your eyes on the Super Bowl advertisements while reaching for another slice of delicious cheesy delight.
Please accept my apologies if things remain a little quiet around here for the next few weeks. My wedding is in less than two weeks, and although though we aren’t going on a honeymoon, I want to sign off and truly appreciate being unconnected and spending time together as newlyweds.
When you meet me again, I’ll have a new last name, a new ring, and everything else will be the same. Best wishes!
Easy Cheesy Pizza Pull Apart Bread
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- 1 tsp dried oregano*
- 1 tsp dried marjoram*
- 1 tsp dried thyme*
- 1 tsp dried basil*
- 1 tsp dried rosemary*
- 1 tsp dried sage*
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flake*, or more as desired
- 2 teaspoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 cans flaky biscuits
- 6 oz. pepperoni slices
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and coat a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- 14 teaspoon dried rosemary*, 12 teaspoon dried basil*, 12 teaspoon dried thyme*, 12 teaspoon dried marjoram*, 4 teaspoon red pepper flake* 1
Combine oregano, marjoram, thyme, basil, rosemary, sage, and red pepper flake in a small bowl. Set aside after stirring to mix.
1 teaspoon dried oregano*, 1 teaspoon
- Melted butter and garlic should be combined in a small basin. Set aside.
1 tablespoon garlic, 2 teaspoons butter
- Split the dough for each biscuit in half and arrange them side by side on a clean work area.
2 flaky-style biscuit cans
- Spread out each ring of dough until it is almost as broad as the short edge of the loaf pan (approximately 4-5).
- Brush one biscuit half with garlic butter, then top with a few pepperoni slices (from the 6 ounce box I had, I could put three pieces to each) and a huge pinch of cheese. Repeat with the remaining biscuits. Form stacks of 5 or 6 rounds at a time so that they are still manageable to lift and drop into the pan.
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, 6 ounces pepperoni slices
- Beginning on one side of the pan, layer each stack closely side by side until the pan is completely filled.
- Finish with a little brush of garlic butter and your spice mixture of choice.
- Bake for 30 minutes with the foil on, then uncover and bake for another 10 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Note: After the first 30 minutes, remove one of the more center pieces using a knife or fork to assess how thoroughly the centre of the biscuits is cooked. If they are still too doughy for your preference, cover and bake in 5 minute intervals until done, then uncover and bake for the remaining 10 minutes.
- Serve right away and enjoy! If preferred, serve with a marinara dipping sauce.