To say this is a real crowd-pleaser is a serious understatement. I don’t care who you are: Warm pizza dough chockfull of cheese, garlic butter and herbs is hard to resist. And the best part about this recipe? You can buy pizza dough already made at your local grocery store and the flavours are so interchangeable, you can switch up the cheese or herbs and use whatever you have on hand. 

Serves 8 to 10 as an appetizer 

1 bag (700 gram) store-bought pizza dough

1/2 cup flour

5 tbsp melted butter

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 1/2 cups shredded jalapeno cheddar

4 tbsp oil-packed sundried tomatoes, drained and roughly chopped

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1 tbsp sesame seeds

2 tsp paprika

2 tsp dried oregano

Preheat oven to 375

  • On a clean work surface, scatter 1/4 cup of the flour and place pizza dough on top.  Turn the dough over a couple times to coat in flour. Add more flour as needed so the dough doesn’t stick to the work surface. 

  • Flour a rolling pin and roll out the pizza dough into a 9 x 11 rectangle.  The dough will spring back, so keep rolling, turning and stretching until desired rectangle forms.

  • Mix the melted butter and garlic powder together.

  • Using a pastry brush, liberally brush the rolled-out dough with butter, making sure to cover the entire surface.

  • Scatter the shredded cheddar and sundried tomatoes evenly over the surface of the dough. Cut the dough in half lengthwise, into two separate pieces.

  • Starting at the long edge of one piece of dough, begin to roll the dough away from you, to form a long rope with all the fillings tucked inside.  Repeat with second piece of dough.

  • Cut each rope into 16 equal pieces.  Roll each piece of dough so they take on a rounder shape.  

  • Brush the inside of a 10″ cast iron skillet liberally with garlic butter.

  • Begin placing dough balls into the pan, fitting them closely together. Once all of the dough is in the pan, brush the top of each with more garlic butter. Top each ball with parsley, sesame seeds, paprika or oregano.  Alternate so you have a visually interesting monkey bread.  Drizzle any leftover garlic butter over the top.

  • Place in the middle rack of oven and bake for 30-40 min until bread is golden and cooked through.  Rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Optional: Serve with marinara sauce or labneh for dipping!

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