Need a great appetizer to share with friends? This Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread is both fun and delicious!
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. There is some serious truth in that statement! Today’s recipe for Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread is living proof of not messing with a good thing. This monkey bread is essentially the same exact recipe I used for these classic Parmesan Garlic Knots…and then again for these Muffin Tin Garlic Knots. And now I’ve pulled that same, dog-eared recipe out for this Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread. I guess I just have a problem when it comes to garlic knots!
This recipe is buttery and delicious which makes it the perfect appetizer to nibble on…or pull apart…while watching playoff football games! Even if you’re not a huge football fan, this Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread makes a great snack for all sorts of occasions. I spend a couple of nights a week in the winter down at our local curling club, and warm garlic bread is much appreciated after a game. I speak from experience here!
Curling isn’t the only unique sport out there, either. Case in point: wife-carrying contests. Have y’all seen these? These contests are essentially races where pairs compete to see who can finish a course in the fastest time. But the catch is that the man has to carry his wife the whole way. Silly? Yes. Absurd? Absolutely. But fun to watch? You bet! The course features at least one water obstacle…typically a pit of slushy mud. Can you imagine carrying someone (or being carried) through a big pit of mud?
And the best part about wife-carrying contests? The winners typically receive the wife’s weight in beer. Yes, beer. Can you imagine if the winning team in the Super Bowl got the weight of the linemen in beer as a prize? Heck, even the weight of a single lineman! And you know what goes well with beer? You guessed it…Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread! So whether your weekend plans involve watching playoff football games or practicing for the next wife-carrying competition, I highly recommend having a batch of this monkey bread on hand! Cheers, friends!
Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread
- 24 oz. pizza dough homemade or store-bought
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 5 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
- 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese grated
- 1½ tsp garlic minced
- 1½ tsp Italian seasonings
- 1½ tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup marinara sauce for dipping
- Grease and flour (or spray with nonstick spray) a 9” springform or cake pan. Place an oven-safe crock in the center of the pan; set pan aside. (The crock will be replaced with the marinara sauce later. It is used at this stage to “hold” the opening in the middle.)
- Divide the pizza dough into 12 equal pieces (~2 oz. each).
- Cut each piece of dough into 3 pieces. Using a circular motion, roll each piece of dough between countertop and palm of your hand until dough ball becomes tight. Place olive oil in a large bowl and then add balls of dough, tossing until well coated.
- Place an oven-safe crock or container in the center of the pan and then place dough balls in pan around crock. Cover pan and place in a warm location for 1 hour. (Tip: For a warm location, I put the pan in my oven with just the oven light on.)
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Once dough has risen, bake at 375°F for 28-30 minutes, or until top is lightly browned.
- While garlic bread is baking, stir together the melted butter, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, Italian seasoning and kosher salt.
- Remove garlic bread from oven and brush with the garlic butter mixture.
- Carefully remove hot crock and fill with marinara sauce for dipping.