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What’s for Dinner: Pull-Apart Pizza Bread

I must be in a pizza-craze mode, because I have experimented with pizza-style recipes several different times in the span of a few weeks. By the way, you can find other Pizza-styled recipes of mine by clicking here.

Anyhow, back to the Pull-Apart Pizza Bread I made this past Friday. It’s, of course, another fun twist to pizza.

What you need:

  • Pizza dough, homemade or store-bought [I used one whole plus a quarter more of the frozen store-bought kind]
  • Marinara Sauce [or pizza sauce if you’d like]
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Additional toppings, optional
  • Non-stick cooking spray


  1. On a floured surface, so your dough doesn’t stick and is easy to work with, roll your pizza dough out into a large rectangle.
  2. This second step you can do two ways. You could either, at this point, top your rolled out pizza dough with sauce, cheese, and whatever other topping(s) you’d like… and then cut them into squares. Or you could do what I did because I didn’t want to have to deal with the messiness factor. It’s messy, anyways, my way… just not as much. What I did instead was: cut my dough into squares, top each square with marinara sauce and cheese (you could add other toppings if you’d like at this point). It’s more work this way because you have to individual add it to each square, but I preferred that over having to cut through pizza dough that had everything on it already.
  3. Once you have all your squares, stack up the squares onto of each other, and stack into a [non-stick] loaf pan that you have sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. I created several smaller stacks, just so it was easier to transfer them into the loaf pan.
  4. Cover your loaf pan with plastic wrap, set it aside, and allow it to rise [for at least 30 minutes].
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Baked your Pull-Apart Pizza Bread for about 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Allow to pizza to rest for a few minutes minutes before flipping it [gently] onto a serving platter. I’d recommend serving it with additional [warm] marinara sauce.
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What’s for Dinner: Bubble Up Chicken Pizza

I can honestly say that dinner usually turns out best when I’m under a time crunch and/or don’t plan on making anything that day.

This night, it was like around 4 PM, and my mom asked “are you making something tonight?”. I guess I was now.

This Bubble-up Pizza is what was the end result.

I had this image in my head for quite a while after I saw something similar online somewhere. I, of course, made changes to it, and made it my own.

I ended up making two that night. I’d say one pan/skillet feeds 4 people perfectly (I was cooking for six).

The one in the pictures is of the Chicken Pizza version. The second one I made: I kept it as a plain cheese one, I guess you could say.

Both turned out delicious.

What I used [the following is for one skillet’s worth]:

  • 1 Boneless chicken breast, cut into very tiny pieces
  • Store-bought can of biscuit dough from the refrigerated section (the ones with 12)
  • Jar of marinara sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese (about 2 cups)
  • Italian seasoning
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chili powder

Here’s how I made it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (or whatever temperature the biscuit container says to bake it at).
  2. For the chicken: take the chicken and cut them into very tiny pieces. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, cayenne pepper, chili powder, red pepper flakes, and italian seasoning. Cook on low heat, with minimal amount of oil. Because the chicken is cut into such tiny pieces, it will cook really fast.
  3. The store-bought biscuit can? Take the twelve biscuit dough pieces, and quarter each one of them.
  4. In a mixing bowl, to your quartered dough pieces, add in a jar of marinara sauce, about a 1 cup and a half cup (approximately) of mozzarella cheese. Mix well.
  5. Add in your cooked chicken to your dough/sauce/cheese mixture. Combine everything together. At this point, transfer it into your skillet/pan/baking sheet (whatever you will bake it in). Sprinkle the top with another half cup of mozzarella cheese and italian seasoning on top of that [and more red pepper flakes if you would like].
  6. Bake in your pre-heated oven, for about 25-30 minutes. Just poke it lightly and check if the biscuits are done.
Serve these warm and fresh!

I was originally only planning on making one, and didn’t feel like making another batch of chicken when I had to make a second batch right after. So, what I did for the second batch was:

I mixed the sauce, cheese, and quartered-up biscuits pieces with red pepper flakes and italian seasoning. I sprinkled about (approximately) another half cup of cheese on top, along with more red pepper flakes and italian seasoning. The second one was a little spicier (with more red pepper flakes) and the biscuits themselves had italian seasoning on them this time, rather than just being in the chicken and sprinked on top at the end like in the first one.

Tip: I wasn’t sure if the handles of my skillet were oven-proof, so I covered them completely with foil (as evident in the pictures).

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Here are a few other things I’ve made recently:

What’s For Dinner: Cheese Pizza Monkey Bread

So I’ve had this recipe saved for a while, but I didn’t own a Bundt pan.

So I made this today to test out for Eid-ul-Fitr and made some changes along the way to my liking… and with a lot less butter! The original recipe called for like 5 tablespoons of butter. Yeah, not happening. I cut that down to 1 tablespoon pretty much. I think the idea of that much butter in anything that’s not dessert… is way too much!

It tasted great, looked amazing… and I’m happy with the way it turned out.

The family thought it was great as well, so that’s always a plus.

The best part? It’s easy (took me about 10-15 minutes to prep and about 15-20 minutes to bake) and delicious!

Here’s how I made it:

You will need:

  • 1 Tube Pillsbury Grands Flaky Biscuits (the 16.3 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (to grease the pan and brush on top of the bread)
  • Grated or cubed mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 8 tablespoons marinara sauce
  • Any other topping you would like to add, (peppers, chicken, etc.)
  • Bundtform Cake Pan

This porportion makes 8, so you can adjust according to how many you want to make.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To prep the bundt pan, I spread butter on the pan and then sprinkled 1/2 tablespoon of dry Italian seasoning along the sides and bottom. Make sure the seasoning is even and spread out throughout. Melt the remainder of the butter, and keep on the side for later.
  3. Then take each of the biscuits, and at the top of the biscuit pull it apart. Make sure it’s the flaky one because it makes pulling them apart a lot easier. Then stuff the inside with 1 tablespoon of marinara sauce, cheese and any other toppings you prefer. Once you have your fillings inside, [inch the top back together to seal and secure the biscuits back up.
  4. Place the biscuits seam side up on its edge in the pan.  Once you have all 8 of them stuffed, and set in the pan, brush on the melted butter on top of each of the 8 biscuits. I also then sprinkled more Italian seasoning — this is optional since when you flip the bread, this part will be at the bottom.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until the top is a rich golden brown color.  Once it is out of the oven, flip onto a serving platter. With a non-stick pan, it should easily slide out.

About the Bundt pan, I’d say a good non stick one would make all the difference. I was nervous about it falling apart or something once I tried to flip it right out of the oven, but it slid out so easily thanks to the non stick pan! I got mine from a local store, but I’ve linked to the same one online.

Side note: is it just me or does everyone test out recipes before serving others? I love cooking and all, but I always make a test run of any new recipes and have my family try it first. Today, I made this but made dessert first: Dirt Pudding Cups. Doesn’t sound too good, but it was also a hit!

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What’s For Dinner: Homemade Spicy Cajun Chicken Pizza

Here’s how I made my “Spicy Cajun Chicken Pizza”

To make the pizza dough I used:

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

Directions for the pizza dough:

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
  2. Then add oil, salt, and two cups of  flour and blend on medium for three minutes.
  3. Add the remaining two cups of flour to the mixture and form the dough (the consistency is so much better this way).
  4. knead for about five minutes on a floured surface. Cover and let it rise. I let it rise for two hours. You can, of course, just get pizza dough to make it easier or if you are short on time. I use store-bought pizza dough a lot. Why not get help from the store when you can?

For the chicken, I cut them into tiny bite size pieces. I added in: salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, cajun seasoning, and oil. I marinated it well and cooked it over low heat so the flavors really absorbed.

I’ve always wanted to make my own marinara sauce, but didn’t have everything to make marinara sauce so I just used the store-bought version. Just use your favorite.

Now, for putting the pizza together:
I baked the crust off about half way, then added the marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and the cooked cajun chicken and baked it off and voila — you have spicy cajun chicken pizza 🙂

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