Pepperoni and Cheese Pizza Pull Apart Bread Tailgate #SundaySupper

[ 171 ] September 9, 2012 |

Are you ready for some football food?

This week our #SundaySupper family is kicking off the start of football season by preparing our favorite tailgating treats!  Nothing says GO TEAM like a group of friends all digging into my perfectly puffed Pepperoni and Cheese Pull Apart Bread!

Pepperoni Cheese Pull Apart Bread 2

1/3 cup favorite flavored dipping oil
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 (16 ounce) pkgs pre-made pizza dough or homemade pizza dough
1 (7 oz) pkg sliced pepperoni
1 (8 oz) pkg shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
2. Separate pizza dough into small bite sized pieces.
3. In a bowl add your favorite flavored dipping oil. Toss dough pieces in dipping oil to lightly coat.
4. Layer dough pieces in bottom of your Bundt Pan
, next layer sliced pepperoni, shredded cheese and sprinkle with garlic powder. Repeat  all three layers again in the same order, and then end with final layer of dough pieces.

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5. Bake in the preheated oven until the bread is browned and cooked through in the center, 30-40 min
6. Remove from oven, and invert the pan on a cutting board; the bread will fall out of the Bundt Pan in one piece.

Pepperoni Cheese Pull Apart Bread 3

7. Serve by pulling the bread apart into individual servings with optional marinara dipping sauce on the side.

I usually layer until about 2/3 of the pan is full. When I make this bread I definitely plan for it to feed a hungry crowd. You can scale down the ingredients if you choose to feed a smaller crowd.  You can serve it hot or room temperaure, which makes it a great option if you are tailgating at the game or heading ove to a friend’s house.  And if you do decide to make the larger version, don’t worry.  It’s pretty tasty leftover too, so you can be sure it won’t be around for long.  You can also edit this recipe to create a delicious Garlic Parmesan Pull Apart to accompany any Italian themed dinner.  YUM!

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Pepperoni & Mozzarella Pull Apart for a Tasty Tailgate #SundaySupper
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Great recipe for feeding a crowd. May be served warm or room temperature. Optional marinara sauce on the side for dipping.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
  • ⅓ cup favorite flavored dipping oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 (16 ounce) pkgs pre-made pizza dough or homemade pizza dough
  • 1 (7 oz) pkg sliced pepperoni
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Separate pizza dough into small bite sized pieces.
  3. In a bowl add your favorite flavored dipping oil. Toss dough pieces in dipping oil to lightly coat.
  4. Layer dough pieces in bottom of bundt or fluted tube pan, next layer sliced pepperoni, shredded cheese and sprinkle with garlic powder. Repeat all three layers again in the same order, and then end with final layer of dough pieces.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the bread is browned and cooked through in the center, 30-40 min
  6. Remove from oven, and invert the pan on a cutting board; the bread will fall out of the pan in one piece.
  7. Serve by pulling the bread apart into individual servings with optional marinara dipping sauce on the side.

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Happily married with two children, Karen does not hesitate to rebuff her family’s hungry advances at mealtime, while she styles and photographs their dinner to share on Instagram before serving them. In The Kitchen With KP is full of family friendly adventures around Atlanta (and beyond), plus simple recipes everyone can feel comfortable trying. In fact, her whole family participates in the cooking/baking fun on a regular basis.

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  1. Pam @ The Meltaways says:

    what a great idea! Like a savory monkey bread – awesome pick for this week!
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  2. Wow Karen! This looks great for a party!
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  3. Hezzi-D
    Twitter: HezziD

    I made something similar a few weeks ago but I stuffed each piece of bread dough with the pepperoni and cheese-your version looks a lot easier! I’m totally using your recipe next time!

    • karenhartzell says:

      That way is too labor intensive for me, even though it would be awesome if you have the time. This one is def faster and easier to throw together.

  4. Being pepperoni pizza my favorite you can imagine what this is doing to me! Awesome! Have a great sunday Karen!
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  5. Faye Leong says:

    Wow…you are combining my favorites – Pepperoni & Mozzarella! I never thought it can be turned as bread, what a great idea!
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  6. Renee says:

    So there are no rules about how big of a hunk you can pull off this to eat? Because mine would be a great big piece for sure.
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  7. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!!! I’ve never seen anything like it! I love that you get to use a tube pan, another way to use it! Thanks for sharing for #SS!
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  8. That looks totally fabulous! What a great finger food idea1

  9. Omg want to eat all of this. Pass the plate please. Thanks for sharing this delicious snack for tailgate #Sundaysupper
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  10. Katie
    Twitter: SheLikesRuffles

    Oh my goodness, this is like savory monkey bread on steroids! It sounds amazinggggg! :) I love that you could customize the ingredients to taste preferences as well…
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    • karenhartzell says:

      Customizing the ingredients is the best! I think I may even attempt a ham and cheese one next time with a honey mustard dipping sauce. ok…now my own mouth is watering. lol

      • Ina Ruth Scott says:

        What kind of flavored cooking oil did you use?

        • karenhartzell says:

          I use an oil flavored with basil and parmesan. I think it adds to the layers of flavor with the garlic powder. You could easily use a good tasting olive oil and add some other spices that you enjoy, like an italian blend. It’s all on what you like. Enjoy!

  11. My family will go crazy for this! It reminds me of Monkey bread with pepperoni and cheese! I can’t wait to try this.
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  12. Oh my, YUM!!!! These looks so naughty and so good at the same time!
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  13. Crazy Kwistin
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    oh my yummy, this looks so scrumptious. This is a great tailgating recipe especially, perfect for sharing!!
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  14. Bea
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    What a fantastic, fun, and yummy idea! I will have to give it a try using vegan cheese. Think the kiddos would love it!
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  15. Laura Hunter says:

    Oh wow this looks so good. I better make sure I only make this when I have a lot of people coming over otherwise I might eat it all myself. :)
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  16. Sheila Fretz
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    This looks amazing .. Do you pull a part the dough and roll in little pieces? I have never made pull apart bread before might try to make with my gluten free pizza dough. Just curious…
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    • karenhartzell says:

      Yes. I do piece the dough out and toss it in the dipping oil. That way it’s easy to pull apart into pieces. Def let me know if you do a gluten free version. I have friends that would prob love to see it!

      • Melissa says:


        Do you thing frozen (and thawed) bread dough would do ok in place of an honest to goodness pizza dough?

        Thank you.

        • karenhartzell says:

          I don’t see why not. I grew up with my mom doing that same exact thing. Texture may be slightly different but certainly not in a negative way. I am sure it will still be delicious!

  17. Susan 30A EATS
    Twitter: fromagechick

    Never thought about making pull apart bread pepperoni style! What a great idea, especially for a #SundaySupper Tailgate! See you tonight on twitter @fromagechick!

  18. KP- you always have the BEST recipes!!! I am going to make this for our next football party! Hubby would LOVE this (and so would I). Can’t wait to try this!!
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  19. Anne @ Webicurean
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    oooh yum this looks good!
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    OH boy this looks and sounds so good. I want some right now!! Thanks for sharing!!
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  21. Megan
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    My boyfriend would LOVE this! Making it next weekend!
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  22. patsy says:

    My family would go so crazy for this! Great idea and a fantastic tailgating recipe!

  23. Bread stuffed and topped with cheese and pepperoni! Yes, please! This looks delish. Happy #SundaySupper.
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  24. Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories)
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    Oh my gosh, I want to make this so bad! I’ve never made a pull-apart type bread before, but this is one has all the ingredients that my family would love.
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  25. Yep, this is going on the menu, possibly this week. The girls are going to love this! Maurene has just started enjoying the flavors of pizza but she eats it one ingredient at a time. I bet this would get her over that quirk.
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  26. Heather @girlichef
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    YUM! This is happening SOON at my house. And it will disappear even faster, I’m sure.
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  27. Sarah says:

    I love the sound of a savory pull apart bread. This is a fantastic idea. Thank you for sharing!
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  28. Chris Baccus says:

    This looks so amazingly good and fattening. I’ll ignore the latter part of my comment. :)
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  29. I love the idea of pull apart bread, but have never actually made it. This pizza version just might motivate me :)

  30. candace says:

    What kind of dip oil is good to use?

    • karenhartzell says:

      I use a parmesan & basil flavored oil, but that suits my taste. You could use any flavor that suits you, garlic, italian, etc. Or to save the fat, you could also just use fresh or dried Italian seasoning.

  31. Nancy @ gottagetbaked
    Twitter: gottagetbaked

    OMG – that first photo of your pull apart bread all crusty, golden and crispy with baked cheese is killing me! I love pizza in all incarnations and this would disappear FAST in my household.
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    • karenhartzell says:

      You’re like me then and want to tear right into it straight out of the oven. I can barely wait for it to cool sometimes.

  32. Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie
    Twitter: Leslie_Limon

    This is going on this week’s menu! My family is going to adore me! :)
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  33. Patti says:

    Wowsers! This looks great! Pepperoni Monkey Bread! Got to try this!
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  34. Shelby @
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    My nephews (ages 10 and 7) saw this post over my shoulder. Guess what they want for dinner tonight?
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  35. Soni says:

    Oh such a brilliant idea to use your bundt pan for this and love the layers of flavors here too :)Awesome and I bet its always a hit :)
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  36. I think I’ve gained 20lbs reading this post alone – LOVE IT!
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  37. Sunithi says:

    What an awesome way to serve pizza :) My kids would love this ! thanks for sharing !
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    • karenhartzell says:

      Feel free to try alternative topping they like. I think I will try black olives and maybe some mild banana pepper rings next time.

  38. Johnny says:

    Wow that looks really good, but what is everyone else going to eat when I demolish that!?
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  39. Susan says:

    Such a fun take on monkey bread! Cheese and pepperoni! What not to like about this?
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  40. Carla says:

    Love the idea of pull apart bread! You’re right – perfect for sharing esp at parties. Pinning!

  41. That looks so cheesy, crusty and delicious!

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  42. Melanie says:

    I can easily see this becoming a favorite in our house. Mmmm….
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  43. Chris
    Twitter: Canadian88

    Tried this tonight and found that it came out dry & tough to pull apart. Did I cook it too long or not use enough cheese when I made it?? Any thoughts??

    • karenhartzell says:

      Hi Chris! Sorry to hear that. Did you coat the dough pieces in oil? Fresh or store bought dough? Did you alter the recipe at all?

      • Chris
        Twitter: Canadian88

        It was store bought dough…it is just tough to pull apart and the dough is very crusty…may have to try again with homemade dough and not cook as long (40 minutes)…I didn’t change the recipe at all.

        • karenhartzell says:

          I would definitely start with decreasing the cook time, Chris. Plus maybe the dough was a little dry. The pepperoni, cheese and dipping oil should provide plenty of moisture.
          Good luck! Let me know how it goes!

          • Julie says:

            Same thing happened to me. I used the Boboli premade pie crusts. Every piece of dough was thoroughly covered in the oil. didn’t come out anything like your pic – will try again with a diffeent dough

          • karenhartzell says:

            Julie, did you say you used boboli pie crusts? If so, that dough is already prebaked, and it will not work the same as raw dough. Feel free to email me if you want to chat about how to make the recipe a success for you. :-)

  44. Starlia C.
    Twitter: lillfaeostar

    My kids are home for Christmas break and I think this would make a great surprise for them during movie time! Oh I can just anticipate the excitement! Yum! Thank you, for posting! :)

  45. Liz says:

    OMG that looks delicious!
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  46. Karen says:

    Do all the ingredients get mixed up enough? What if you tossed everything together before you baked? I am definitely going to try this one. (Just came across on Pinterest).

  47. Jill says:

    This truly does look awesome – I feel like I can smell it from here! :) I am wracking my brain trying to figure out how to make this without meat for my vegetarian daughter…and not just have cheesy bread. Do you have any ideas for non-meat mix-ins??

    • karenhartzell says:

      You could do any pizza toppings that you like really, just watch the moisture content so the bread doesn’t get too soggy inside. Does your daughter like any of the meat substitute items? If she does, maybe try a faux sausage or I think they even have a faux pepperoni. :-)

      • Jill says:

        I think that Boca or Morningstar crumbles would taste good along with some well-patted-dry canned mushrooms and olives. I’ll let you know after we give it a try – thanks!!!

  48. Aimee & Simon
    Twitter: cjfoodblog

    This was one of our favorites! Seeing it here today has made us want to make it again- thanks for sharing!
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  49. Is there another pan that you can use?? I don’t have a bundt pan and the store on base doesn’t have them either :(, military stationed overseas so I’m very limited :(

    • karenhartzell says:

      Hi Kerri! Great question! I would think a loaf pan would work by using a smaller qty or ingredients. You could probably even use a round cake pan starting with dough, then pepperoni, then cheese and then end with dough again. I think I need to do some experimenting myself this weekend. :-)

      Let me know what you try! Good luck!

  50. deb says:

    This looks fabulous and going on our Super Bowl menu! 1 quick question…I’m unclear from the recipe, is there only 2 layers of the dough…the one you start with and then the one to top it all off?

    • karenhartzell says:

      It’s actually 3 layers of dough pieces when I make it since I like the top to be bread, but you could also end with cheese. Mix it up if you like. :-)

  51. Jamie says:

    Question….for the layers of dough, are they overlapped or just a single layer? I’m making it now and it doesn’t seem like there is going to be enough dough to make 3 full layers. Thanks!

    • karenhartzell says:

      Remember the dough will spread as it bakes so the layers of dough pieces can have small spaces. It does not need to be a solid layer of dough pieces. :-)
      It also does not have to be three precise layers. It’s a pull apart. Have fun with it and don’t try and make it perfect. I am sure it will be delicious!

  52. Marie says:

    KP~this looks so very scrumptious..can’t wait to make!! BUT I do have a question, that need clarification on.. the pre-made pizza dough, can that be the pizza dough from a can?? Like pillsbury or a store brand pre-made pizza dough that you would find in the refrigated case..starting to get a little nervous because that was what I bought to make this with and now just not sure if that’s what you used or something else. Read through all the wonderful comments but never saw this question being posed..saw one regarding frozen bread dough, but nothing refering to the ‘canned’ pizza dough.. thanks sooo much for your help!!

    • karenhartzell says:

      Hi Marie,

      I have used both pre-made dough from my local grocery store (but not in a can), and made the dough from scratch. Both are fine. As for using the dough in the can, my mom made it that way growing up occasionally, so I am sure you are fine using what you bought. Let me know how everyone likes it. Enjoy!

      • Marie says:

        I guess I was thinking along lines of a monkey bread that calls for canned biscuits… with using the dough from a can do you think that need to adjust cooking time or ingredients in any way?? Thanks so much for your response Karen!! Can’t wait to make for my meeting tonight, and share with all my girlfriends!

        • karenhartzell says:

          I have not made it with biscuit or canned dough in a long time. I can’t guarantee what time you need to bake yours, but start with 25-30 mins depending on how many layers you have, and then watch it closely from there. You don’t want to overcook it. Good luck!

  53. jenny says:

    I had only one can of dough and didn’t have enough for layering…It will still taste fine-I am sure.

  54. Cindy Carper says:

    When I make this again, I will definitely spray the pan with cooking spray first. It did not say to do this in the recipe and I thought the oil in the recipe would take care of it…wrong! My bread did NOT come out in one piece, more like a lot of pieces. LOL Very good, just need to spray next time.

    • karenhartzell says:

      In your pan non-stick, Cindy? Mine is and I do not spray it, but I had another person say their’s stuck too. I am guessing it may be the different brands of pans we all use. Hope it comes out better next time for you.

    • Lori says:

      I agree. The pan needs to be sprayed. I did brush the pan with the oil, but it wasn’t enough. I had a very hard time getting it out of the pan and a couple of pieces stayed in it. It tasted good, so the next time I make this, I’ll definitely spray the pan. The creator of this recipe might want to add a note to tell people to spray the pan. I’m glad I waited before inviting anyone over to eat this since it didn’t look so pretty when we ate it. I also dabbed the oil on the dough instead of tossing it with it so my hands would stay clean.

      • karenhartzell says:

        Thanks for your feedback, Lori. As the creator of this recipe, I addressed the other reader’s comment as well, and I am guessing it must be because everyone uses different brands of pans.

        I never spray my pan, and it’s a coated, standard size, Calphalon brand, fluted pan. Sorry some of your pieces stuck. It also may be that, I toss my dough in the oil to fully coat the the pieces, I may use more flavored oil than you and your dabbing method. Glad you still liked it.

  55. Rachel says:


    Do you think I could use a garlic butter to coat the pieces in place of the dipping oil and then omit the garlic in the recipe? Little Ceasers sells a little package of the same butter they use on their bread sticks and I thought that would be good, but don’t know if that will bake right. Any thoughts?

    • karenhartzell says:

      Hi Rachel! I am sure you could use the dip from LC’s. It’s essentially margarine and garlic. Instead of coating each piece, I would drizzle it around in between pieces and layers. You don’t want it to be too buttery, but then again, maybe you do. :-) Butter is yummy! ha!

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  57. J. Logan says:

    I really want to make this but I do not own a bundt pan, I know, how can that even be possible but it is true. What could I use instead of a bundt pan?

    • karenhartzell says:

      You can honestly use any pan. Try a small loaf pan or even a round cake pan, but just don’t add too many layers. You can even try making mini versions by adding your ingredients into a muffin tin, and reducing the bake time. Get creative and give it a whirl!

  58. Colby Hewitt says:

    We just whipped it up and stuck it in the oven will let everyone know how it is. I’m sure it will be amazing! Thank you Karen for this awesome recipe. I always loved the rip n dip’s they sell in my work’s vending machine I am sure this will blow them out of the water!

  59. Sharon says:

    This looks amazing…do you think it would be weird to use diced chicken? My husband is not a fan of processed meat…

    • karenhartzell says:

      Sure. Use whatever ingredients your family likes. I also make one with buffalo chicken dip. Maybe that one is more to your husband’s preference. :-)

  60. Heidi Stewart says:

    I love this recipe. The first one I made came out delicious! The second one I made, I accidently grabbed wheat pizza dough (was not paying attention to the labels). The dough didn’t bubble up as much and came out kind of hard and wasn’t anywhere near as enjoyable. Just a heads up, I would not use wheat dough, or at least cook it for a shorter amount of time.

    • karenhartzell says:

      Thanks so much for the heads up on the wheat dough. I have never tried it with wheat, but it’s crossed my mind when I see it in the grocery store.

  61. Melissa Collier says:

    I just tried this tonight and it turned out terrible! The dough was raw inside and I did everything the recipe said to do.

    • karenhartzell says:

      Sorry it didn’t turn out for you. Was the bread browned on top when you took it out. Ovens do vary, so I am guessing you could have cooked it longer in your own oven.
      How many layers did you put in the pan?

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