Pepperoni Pizza Party Bread with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Party bread is a loaf of bread stuffed with cheese and seasonings. It’s a fun party appetizer – just grab a pre-cut chunk of bread from the loaf, and nosh away! I decided to put my own spin on the concept, and turned it into this kid-pleasing pizza party loaf, complete with a dipping sauce. My family loves it! Be sure to provide plenty of napkins and plates, as this is a deliciously messy appetizer. 

Time: 10 minutes prep time, plus 30 minutes baking time.

Makes 6-8 servings

Equipment: cutting board, serrated knife, baking sheet, aluminum foil, medium bowl and wisk, measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients Pizza
1 lb. sourdough boule (round loaf)
2-3 oz. pepperoni slices, halved
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 T. Parmesan cheese
1 t. pizza seasoning
½ t. garlic salt
4 T. unsalted butter, melted

Ingredients Marinara Sauce
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
½ T. red wine vinegar, optional
¼ t. ground black pepper
1 t. dried basil
½ t. dried oregano
½ t. garlic powder
Salt, to taste

Preheat the oven to 350F. On a baking sheet, place a sheet of foil large enough to completely encase the loaf of bread.

Using a serrated bread knife, slice the bread in a cross-hatch pattern, being careful to slice to the bottom crust, but not through the crust. The loaf should have many “fingers” of bread that remain attached to the bottom crust. Transfer the bread to the foil on the baking sheet. 

Cut the pepperoni slices in half and wedge them between the bread cubes. 

Combine the cheeses, pizza seasoning, and garlic salt in a bowl.

Stuff the cheese mixture between the bread cubes, as well.

Pour the melted butter all over the top surface of the bread.

Wrap the foil all the way around the bread loaf.

Bake the loaf for 20 minutes, then unwrap and bake for 10 minutes more.

While the bread is baking, whisk together the marinara dipping sauce ingredients in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Adjust the seasoning to taste. If desired, warm the sauce (covered in the microwave or over low heat in a saucepan on the stovetop).

When the bread is finished baking, remove it from the foil onto a serving platter. Serve immediately with the marinara dipping sauce on the side.

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Meet the Blogger:

Katie Slott is a local stay-at-home mom who loves thinking about how to feed her family. She co-writes the food blog Cooking for the Fam, and can often be found baking for everyday meals, snack time, and family gatherings.