It’s part pizza. It’s part bread bowl.
But it’s mostly pizza.
The inspiration for this recipe came from some of my very, very favorite people in the whole wide world, Todd & Diane of White on Rice Couple. When I showed their photos to Jason, his eyes lit up and his response was simple: “Get me some pepperoni and it’s a date.”
I used baguette dough to form the bread bowls but if you don’t have an extra 1.5 hours or are just not in the bread-baking mood, pick up a package of good, sturdy rolls (not those heavenly, soft & fluffy dinner rolls). They come together rather quickly after that with just premade marinara, some turkey pepperoni, and mozzarella.
Pizza. In a bowl.
The bread bowls, pre-filling, will freeze beautifully in a ziptop bag should you not have a crowd to help you finish them on the first day.
But then it’s all over but the inevitable tomato drip on your shirt when you’re trying to figure out “fork or no fork,” a decision that’s much easier if you’re wearing a white shirt.
Pepperoni Pizza Bread Bowls
A great gameday dinner or a party appetizer; marinara sauce, pepperoni, and mozzarella baked into mini pizza bread bowls.
- For the bread bowls:
- 2 cups warm water, divided
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 2 1/4 tsp (1 package) yeast
- 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- Oil, for coating bowl
- For the filling:
- 2 1/2 cups marinara sauce (your favorite or mine)
- 1 pkg turkey pepperoni (or ~5 slices per bowl)
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- Put 1 cup warm water, sugar, and yeast into your mixer bowl.
- Let stand for 10 minutes until frothy.
- Add 1 cup water, flour, and salt and knead for 5-7 minutes on medium speed with the dough hook (add additional flour 1 spoonful at a time if the dough does not come off of the side of the bowl).
- Transfer to an oiled bowl, turning to coat. Cover and let rise until dough has doubled. (This takes ~45 minutes with my oven set to “Dough Proof.” Alternately, if you're hurtin' for a warm place for the dough to rise, you can turn your oven on the lowest setting for two minutes while kneading the dough, and then shut if off.)
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Divide the dough in half and then each half in 5 equal pieces (a kitchen scale makes this much easier).
- Form into balls and place on a silpat- or parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Let rest 20 minutes.
- Bake ~15 minutes, until golden brown.
- Transfer the bread bowls to a rack to cool completely and leave the oven on.
- Use a serrated knife to cut a hole in the top of the bowls, removing most of the insides but not puncturing the rolls.
- In a medium bowl, mix the marinara, pepperoni (I cut them into quarters), and 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese.
- Spoon into the bread bowls and sprinkle the remaining cheese over top.
- Bake for ~12 minutes, until the cheese is browning and bubbly.
- Serve warm, best eaten the day of assembling.
Yields: 10 servings
Estimated time: 1-2 hour 30 minutes
Yup. This is pretty much cheesy, pizza-filled heaven. Sign me up!
Looks like delicious comfort food to me!
GENIUS!! putting bread bowls on my to-do list…
What a great idea!
I generally love the idea of soup bread bowls…but pizza bread bowls sound even BETTER.
Just my kinda bowl! BRAVO! YUM! FANtastic idea! 😀
This would be such a fun item to have for movie nights or game day!
These are so fun and creative! Absolutely love ’em. Our guy friends would go nuts!
These sound so yummy!
What an awesome idea! Will definitely have to try this!
Brilliant…absolutely brilliant. I’m so going to make this next week!
Oh yum!! These are perfect!
perfect solution for people who want pizza for a breakfast 😀
Well if this isn’t just the perfect little dinner! I love it.. and so perfect with a glass of red wine.
Your posts are delicious!
Cannot wait to make these! They look awesome!