Easy Lunch Idea | Supreme Pizza Monkey Bread Recipe

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Last week I was on Twitter just watching the conversations when a particular tweet about pizza monkey bread caught my attention. Hmmm … pizza monkey bread. Sounds good doesn’t it. I had never made it before, wasn’t even sure how but decided to give it a whirl and I’m glad I did because it is delicious!

I’ve never been a huge pizza fan, with the exception of the Chicago style deep dish which we can’t get down here in central Illinois. In a way, this pizza monkey bread reminds me of that style in the sense that it’s a thick bite of pizza and made inside-out.

To make this supreme pizza monkey bread you’ll need some “toppings” of course. I went with my favorites: pepperoni, black olives, green pepper and onions. You’ll also need some cheese and pizza dough. To keep things simple I just cut up mozzarella string cheese sticks and Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough (cut into squares).

Simply drop a few bits of each ingredient in the center of the dough but don’t overload it or you’ll never get the ends sealed. I folded the corners together on top of the cheese and pinched them together to create a little pizza ball.

building supreme pizza monkey bread

Next, you dip the dough ball into a bowl of melted butter along with a sprinkling of garlic powder that has been stirred in. I didn’t measure, just sprinkled.

garlic butter dipped monkey bread

After coating a baking dish in butter, just drop all of the pizza balls in and bake at 400 for 30 minutes or so, until the dough is golden brown.

Let the pizza monkey bread cool for a few minutes.

baked monkey bread pizza

Flip it onto a serving dish.

Serve with a bowl of warm marinara sauce for dipping.

And enjoy every gooey bite of melted mozzarella with the perfect proportions of toppings in every bite!


Looking for more monkey bread ideas? Be sure to check out these great recipes.

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  1. A good idea for dinner too, with a salad or soup! I’m going to make this sometime!

    • It’s funny you mentioned that because I made it again tonight except for dinner this time. Paired it with some baked potato wedges.

  2. Awesome idea!! I am definitely going to try this… will need to try a dairy-free version for my oldest, but I bet he’ll love it!

    • Even without the cheese these would still be pretty tasty, maybe you could fill them with extra meat.

      • We use a vegan cheese called Daiya, which looks and melts (and stretches) like “normal” cheese. So it would be all the same ingredients, just swapping out that cheese and going with just pepperoni since he’s picky.

  3. Brilliant. This looks so yummy.

  4. Deborah Rosen says:

    That’s cute and clever! I know someone who’d be thrilled if I made this (besides myself, of course lol). Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Um, YES please!! This looks amazing, I must recreate!

  6. I have been wanting to make some sort of pizza monkey bread. The pictures of yours is making me hungry.

  7. I am SO gonna try it!

  8. Amber says:

    Oh my gosh! This is totally worth a trip to the grocery store, we *are* making this tonight!

    • LOL you took the words out of my mouth, after posting it today I decided I must have these for dinner and made them again.

  9. Oh Cat how delicious! I love doing something different with pizza.

  10. O.M. Freakin’ G.

    Are you kidding me. If I make this I will be making this forever on lol. But of course now I have too!

  11. That does look mighty tasty! My number 1 favorite food is pizza. I’ll eat either way. Even if it’s inside out.

    Your photos are awesome too btw.

    • Inside out is the way to go :) And thank you … I’ve been working so hard lately improving my food photo quality.

  12. Eileen says:

    OH my gosh, what a great recipe! I actually have dough from rolls I did not end up baking for Thanksgiving and this would be the PERFECT snack to make for my kids when they have friends over. My son’s gang of friends would make quick work out of this!

    thanks so much!

  13. I guess I will finally get off my butt & get a bundt pan now, cause this looks too yummy…lol

    • LOL Jon’s co-worker borrowed mine so he could make the monkey bread I posted. I thought for sure a bundt pan was in every house. Speaking of, I saw some pretty ones at Target on sale for $10 today.

  14. Cat, you make me hungry! I want to come live at your house!

    • LOl you know how many times a week I hear that? I’m gonna have to build a basement to make room for my foodie guests.

  15. Donna B. says:

    I’m totally stealing this recipe!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing it.

  16. This is amazing. Such a fun and creative spin on an old favorite. LOVE this!

  17. Hello, This is a must try for me. I love pepperoni, onions and peppers. This is great for a movie night.

    Thanks Regina

  18. Cat, this looks incredible!!

  19. Cathy W says:

    Love this idea, already saved it and will make it this weekend.

  20. This is crazy good! I bet I could make it ahead and just pop it in the oven for lunch for the children I care for sometimes. Don’t you think? And they LOVE to dip things!

    And I could make it for my teen and his friends. As they grow older, the old “kool aid house” idea doesn’t cut it. But this….we could be starting something new. “The Pizza Monkey” house?

  21. Such a fun idea for party appetizers :)

  22. Yum. This is dinner tomorrow night!


  23. Jenefer Lynn says:

    this is a great idea! my kids love monkey bread and pizza so putting the two together is perfect!

  24. We’re going to try this! I just made up a weekly lunch menu and Fridays are pizza day – we’ll rotate between frozen pizza, pizza nuggets, make your own, etc.. And these look perfect to do with the kids.

  25. I want to make this SO bad, but it’s going against all of my new years resolutions! I have TWO DAYS to make it happen!

  26. This looks amazing and so easy! I am going to make it next week, thanks so much for sharing.

  27. I just saw this on the Ultimate Blog Party and my mouth is watering. I will have to try this soon! Thanks for sharing.