So I’ve always heard that brown food means good food right?? Well, according to Chef Anne Burrell this statement is completely true. While shopping today, I came across this beautiful Pepperoni and Cheese loaf and after 10 mins of drooling, I picked it up, threw it in my cart and knew right away exactly what so was going to do with. Well, that was a perfect example of a run-on sentence. Basically this is a bread loaf that has layers of pepperoni and cheese on the inside. So I decided to really amp up the “Pep and Cheese game and yes, more pepperoni and cheese. This is a wonderful party app just as it is a great way to start any “game” day festivity!! And hey, I’m a New England girl and with the “Pats” playing, this is a SURE winner!!
1 loaf of pepperoni and cheese bread( you can also substitute with a loaf of ciabatta or any long and thick crusty artisan style bread loaves)
2 1/2 ( about a bag and a half) cups 5 blend cheese ( Mozz,provolone,asiago,Parm, Romano)
1 small bag of mini pepperoni
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 tsp dry oregano
1 tsp dry basil
1 tsp dry parsley
Preheat oven to 400
Cut a large circle out of the top middle of loaf going about half way down. Fill with 1 cup of cheese blend, pepperoni and then lastly the other 1 cup of cheese and top the rest with pepperoni. Drizzle top with olive oil and sprinkle dry herbs and grated Parmesan cheese.
Bake for about 20-25 mins. Once top crust and Cheese are golden brown, remove, cut into slices and serve with your favorite marinara.
Prep time: 5 mins
Cooking time: approx 20-25 mins ( depending on you own ovens temp, loaf could take shorter or longer cooking time)